“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
I embarked on a career in counselling and supervision having a real passion for coaching and helping people in their professional development. As a graduate in psychotherapy and counselling and trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) I work integratively using a person-centred and CBT approach. With a Level 7 qualification in coaching what I recognised whilst working with leaders and executives was that there was often an underlying issue that wasn't being addressed through coaching alone and that counselling was perhaps needed.
I work with people on an integrative basis using the professional skills gained in both modalities and importantly within a recognised ethical framework and as a result over the last 5 years have been commissioned repeatedly by statutory organisations to work with their leaders and executives whether that be with counselling, coaching, training or supervision.
Until studying in this field some years ago, despite working in some challenging professional environments and witnessing challenging issues, I had never accessed a counsellor and recognise now the self stigmatisation I had in asking for helping or support. As a senior leader and from my own life experience, asking for help for myself I felt was not an option; interestingly. Looking back now would counselling have made me a better leader and manager? Definitely!
I don't underestimate the challenge of initially accessing counselling or any personal support and over the years countless people have said 'if only I knew this support existed I would have rang up years ago!'.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY
CBT is an evidence based practice intended to support addressing unhelpful thinking and behaviour patterns and develop strategies for self help.
Sessions are 60 minutes including booking time and for many people around 6 sessions are accessed, although this can be longer or shorter subject to need.
Counselling is confidential with limitations to ensure public safety that will be fully explained during the first session.