I adhere to codes of ethics and practice set down by the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy and Counselling and the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy).
It is my view that before delivering psychotherapy and counselling services to members of the public, it is essential for practitioners to experience what it is like to be ‘in the client’s shoes’. By personally engaging in both individual and group psychotherapy for a period of 12 years, I obtained a deep understanding of both the challenges and benefits that psychotherapy and counselling affords.
Given that the practice of counselling and psychotherapy places therapists in a position of trust, I protect the clients I work with by routinely subjecting myself to Enhanced DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service). The aim of such checks is to reveal the full details of any criminal offences a provider may have committed.
I carry an appropriate level of professional indemnity insurance cover for the work I carry out with clients.
My clinical work is supervised routinely by UKCP registered psychotherapists with longstanding experience.
I maintain my professional standards by participating in an ongoing programme of continuing professional development activities; these including: Routinely attending CPD and peer led support groups; keeping abreast with what’s happening in the field of psychotherapy and counselling through reading current theoretical and research literature; routinely attending a diverse range of workshops, training courses and professional conferences.