My Approach to Helping
I believe in the journey of actualisation, that there is a meaning for everything, and that everything has a meaning, which can be located within that there, which is known as personal experience of life. I am a highly motivated systematic psycho-therapeutic therapist, who has excellent listening skills, and offers a deep level of insight. My training is eclectic; this enables me to work with diverse individuals and personalities, utilising a wide range of tools, to provide the appropriate treatment in a safe environment. I have worked in North America offering insights to children aged 11-17, of whom I appropriately sign-posted to external agencies with recommendations for further treatments.
I feel I am suited to any therapeutic role as it opens opportunities for me to develop as a professional in a diverse environment. I am additionally committed to a career in mental health as I recognise the need and the support required for service users via healthcare systems which, has developed over recent years providing sustainable community support.
Within my qualifications, I have quite a varied range of qualifications within Psychology. These consist of: a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts & Social Science, a Royal Society of Arts psychotherapy skills Certificate, Analysis Intervention Certificate, Advanced Certificate in Counselling Psychotherapy, General Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis, Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis, Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis, and a Diploma in Integrated Psychotherapy from Exeter University - (this has strong CBT elements). I am in the process of completing a Practitioner Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Hypnosis - again this based heavily on CBT principles and focuses on both conscious and unconscious CBT methods. I am currently in the process of completing my Masters in Science Psychology ? which I endeavour to complete in due course.
My experience, as a participant on the Camp America scheme, I was internationally employed by the Salvation Army on three occasions as a Senior Counsellor. I worked with children aged 10-17, and to whom were affected by varied ranges of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, which much would take place within the family unit. My role enabled me to actively observe, and support, via play, play therapy, interaction, and behavioral patterns during group, and one to one therapy sessions. This taught me to develop and trust my skills in analysis, and the art of drawing on Supervision, recording sensitive information, and to refer onto external agencies by making the appropriate recommendations.
As a volunteer for London Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, an analytical clinic whose treatments followed Freudian, Jungian and Humanistic approaches of psychotherapy; I worked with adults and treated them for depression, low self esteem, anxiety, relationship and sexual complexities. I, specialising in psycho-sexual disorder and trauma worked with men and woman who were self referred. In addition, I have been a resident psychotherapist for a radio station which, due to my involvement was nominated for the Stonewall Awards.
In my private practice, I have treated adolescents with sexual-based phobias, and distorted perceptions of self in relation to their sexual identities. I demonstrate high standards in written communication. As a psychotherapist, it is imperative to be able to record patient notes during and after each session. Using shorthand method of recording during sessions, I am able to use this as a prompt to recall and write in depth patient reports, which I do on a day to day basis.
My experience of providing evidence based psychological therapies including CBT. I am an eclectic psychotherapist and I am qualified in CBH, Humanistic, TA, Medical Hypnosis, Dream Analysis, and REBT and have experience in evidence based psychological therapies, such as Psycho-dynamic therapy. When I meet a patient for the first time, I listen to their story to get a sense of what approach suits them. Whilst I work in my private practice with eclectic theories, I recognise there are different approaches to suit my patient's needs and I do not work with a one approach fit all attitudes. I have practiced and delivered CBT at Camp America, as part of the teenage clinic I worked at and also in both of my current roles I am often using CBT principles as well as Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy.
I have skills and competencies within my high standard of computer literacy. I studied A level in Business, Law and Finance much of which was IT based. I am familiar with Microsoft and XP programs and I write up my patient notes extensively, giving me the ability to structure patients? files proficiently. Therefore, I am confident that my IT skills are at a level that is required for a therapy post. I have the ability to communicate effectively. This enables me to write complex and highly sensitive data which is often clinical. I have had experience in public speaking at Oxford University and additionally, I have been invited to speak at Exeter University for a formal dinner. This demonstrated my ability to speak and interact confidently with professionals and engaging people with sometimes, technical and complex theories. This included health professionals and board members (often representing conflicting ideologies) at Kensington and Chelsea Medical and Social Board and the NHS Overview and Scrutiny Committee at the council. Both of these positions required a very high level of diplomacy and communication skills. Additionally to this, my experience working with patients and Health Professionals has given me excellent opportunity to develop my listening and questioning techniques.
My ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively is necessary for the safety of all concerned within the therapy relationship. The importance of clinical supervision in medical and psychiatric professions is paramount, giving people in this occupation, the time and space to reflect deeply on the process of therapy. I have, in the past worked with two supervisors, one internal for the clinic and one external; this worked out as 3 hours of supervision a month.
I am soon to become a member of BACP, and have already been long standing full members of BSCH and the BPA, which offer me guidelines that can help me to drive the supervision process and ethical practice forward. I believe in staying on the cutting edge of research through Continued Professional Development, which I achieve through attending training courses regularly, which are provided by various institutes in my field. I am also very involved in attending NHS conferences and their training days to keep me up to speed in where and how the NHS is progressing.