My Qualifications & Experience

Accreditation / professional bodies

Main counselling qualifications

  • Diploma in Counselling Studies (Distinction) University of Wales 1993
  • MSc in Counselling (Supervision & Training) (Commendation), University of Bristol 2001
  • Doctor of Education (Narrative & Life Story Research) University of Bristol 2013

I have also undertaken a wide variety of shorter courses over the years, including solution focused brief therapy training, CBT for depression, Gestalt and 60 hours of mindfulness training (MBSR & MBCT level 1 & level 2), and Emotion Focused Psychotherapy (level 1 Training – 26 hours).

Experience

Before training as a counsellor, I was a social worker, working with young people in care. I have worked as a counsellor since 1992: in the voluntary sector, in private practice and as a primary care counsellor for twelve years in three different GP practices, and in a counselling research clinic.

Between 1994 and 2018 I was a Senior Lecturer in Counselling at the University South Wales (formerly University of Wales Newport), teaching counselling and consultative supervision to Masters level. I was the course leader for PG Diploma Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy between 2010 and 2018. I still do some guest lecturing on this course.