I retired from full-time work at Staffordshire University in Dec 1999. Since retirement my counselling practice/work has developed, with referrals from a variety of sources – e.g. GPs, CPNs, self-referral through word-of-mouth and via the BACP website, Prison Service, Staffordshire County Council, and recently EAPs..
I am Relate trained and a Staff Counsellor for Stafford Women’s Aid and Carers’ Association.
I also supervise students on counselling courses (Certificate, Diploma and Masters levels), and provide ongoing supervision for people working in the counselling field.
Occasionally deliver training days on dealing with difficult issues at work, and on assertiveness skills.
I offer one to one counselling on a person-centered basis, plus and integrative/elective approach, cognitive/behavioural with some clients who are referred to me, and where there is a need for a behavioural/educative approach. Also I am finding “mindfulness” a useful approach with some/most clients. I attempt to be very “upfront” with clients and supervisees in the approach I intend to use with them.
I receive ongoing supervision from Dr Anthony Schwartz (clinical psychologist/trainer in private practice). This occurs every 5 weeks, and I have peer supervision with counselling colleagues every 2-3 weeks, and telephone supervision when necessary.
Ongoing education by reading, attending study days and debate and discussion with colleagues.