At present, I work a mixture of online and face to face in a therapy room in Ruddington.
In person for short term work (up to six months) in a therapy room in Ruddington. The centre is all on one level and there is disabled access around the back. You will be greeted with a compassion, a warm welcome and a hot or cold drink, if you choose.
I am offering short term (up to 6 months) face to face work and longer term online work. I spent eight months training in Canada on how to counsel clients online, using video, chat and email. I use Zoom and have a VPN to ensure that the sessions are safe. You can learn more about online therapy here.
Working online is different but no less effective than working in person. In fact, some studies have suggested that it may be more effective. This is for many reasons: because people are generally in their own home when they have therapy, they tend to be more relaxed; because people aren’t talking face to face then they tend to find it easier to disclose things that they may not do face to face. Ever shared something on the internet that you wouldn’t necessarily have said in person? This phenomenon has been noticed so many times in the research that there is now a term for it: the Online Disinhibition Effect. People can become much more open and disinhibited when we talk online, which can only be a good thing for therapy!
Work experience and training
In the past, I have worked supporting people in various agencies for several years; from the Probation Service to Social Services, and within the last few years have worked as a Counsellor for Age Concern and Connexions.
I have counselled people aged 5 to 86, spanning a wide range of issues and situations.
However, experience has taught me that no two people are alike so I work differently with everyone. In this way your sessions are always tailored to you.
My therapy training and qualifications
- An Introduction to Working Online with Couples – Ian Wallace
- Level II CyberCounselling – TherapyOnline.CA
- Level I CyberCounselling – TherapyOnline.CA
- Working with Shame – Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors
- Mental Health & The Body: Treating Trauma – Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors
- Working with Anger Management
- Out of this World – An Examination of Suicide & Suicidal Thinking – Antonia Murphy & Pat Bryant
- Understanding Personality Disorders & Traits for Therapy & Coaching Work – ITC Therapy
- Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery: Healing the Brain. Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors
- Treating Intrusive Thoughts and The Inner Critical Voice – Mind Body Breakthrough
- 8 week course in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) -Revision-u-Counselling
- Counselling Clients with Aspergers – Praxis
- Counselling Children – The Relate Institute and The Institute of Child Mental Health
- Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills (with Distinction) – Chrysalis
- MA Humanistic Counselling Practice (with Distinction) – University of Nottingham
- Working with anger in therapy
- The Impact of Domestic Violence on Women and Children
- Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) Level 3 in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Level 2 in Counselling Skills