I started Realise Counselling after many years working within the National Health Service (NHS). My 20 years of experience working within busy healthcare settings in central London and on the South East coast, has given me ‘hands on’ experience of people’s physical and emotional suffering. I, therefore, have the skills and experience to remain calm and grounded, but am also able to empathise with how unpredictable, painful and disorientating life can sometimes feel.
I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling from the University of Brighton. I am registered with the UK Association of Humanistic Psychological Practitioners (UKAHPP), who are accredited with the Professional Standards Authority and I adhere to their code of practice and ethical principles.
I also hold another professional registration with the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) working as a healthcare practitioner within a General Practice surgery and have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Certificate. I have experience of practicing counselling within a General Practice Surgery, seeing people with a wide range of emotional and mental health issues. I am also fully insured.
During my time on the ‘front line’, working in emergency situations, I became aware of how emotional distress could be overlooked and as a result, leave people feeling isolated and alone. Being able to support people in crisis situations from an emotional perspective, inspired me to embark on my own personal journey in training to be a counsellor.
As some emotional issues can have a root cause in physical health, my role as a practicing clinician working within the NHS, means that I also have the skills and experience to identify when seeing a medical practitioner is likely to be beneficial in addressing a problem.