Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology – University of the West of England. (Advanced training in many mental health issues, assessment, therapeutic technique, therapy planning, ethics, psychometric testing etc. Minimum of 450 hours working with clients in different therapeutic settings. Doctoral research conducted into Email counselling and the therapeutic relationship).
Psychology degree (1st class) – University of the West of England. (Fascinating mix of factors influencing the psychological including; physiological, biological, social, health, evolution, stressors, organisational etc.).
Counselling skills certificate – Bristol University. (Providing a great grounding in counselling skills, including solution focused approaches, and modules in working with; couples, families, young people and bereavement).
Certificate in Online Counselling skills – Online Counselling and Supervision Training organisation, OCST. (Training covering what is unique and different about working online).

The professional aspect of my training involved working with people from all walks of life and I have been fortunate to work with; students of all ages in a university setting, those struggling with end stage renal failure and other health related problems in a hospital setting, a wide range of people referred by their GP’s for talking therapy in a NHS counselling service, and in a learning disability trust with adults suffering mental health issues. I have worked one to one, in groups, with other professionals and set up bespoke trainings. This has given me a wide ranging experience in different settings.

Additional training and information
Training in; Couples Counselling, Compassion Focused Therapy, Trauma, Conflict in Groups, Child Protection/safeguarding, Safeguarding adults.

Clinical supervision training; Six day course at UWE (Different models, Group supervision, Formulation based, CBT Informed, Systemic therapy informed, Relational supervision).

I hold an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate for working with Children and Adults.

I also hold Personal Indemnity Insurance.

Conferences and publications

Presenting with Kate Dunn at 2017 Online Counselling and Therapy in Action (OCTIA) conference in Edinburgh. ‘The Online Disinhibition Effect Revisited’.

Presenting at 2014 British Psychological Society Counselling Psychology Division conference in London.
Symposium ‘Pluralistic therapy for the treatment of depression – reports on an early trial’.

Presenting at 2011 British Psychological Society Counselling Psychology Division conference in Bristol.
Presenting ‘Email counselling and the therapeutic relationship – the need for research’.

Professional Affiliations
I am a chartered Counselling Psychologist and member of the following organisations;
The British Psychological Society (BPS).
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO).

Each of these organisations has a set of ethical guidelines set up to protect clients and therapists, which I endeavour to follow. Please feel free to follow the links below to find out more.