I have both professional and academic qualifications. These include a Certificate in Social Work, a BSc in Therapeutic Counselling, an Advanced Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy, an Advanced Diploma in Educational Studies, a Diploma in Humanistic Psychology and accreditation as a couple counsellor and psychosexual therapist with the Relate Institute.
I am a member of COSRT (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapy) and adhere to their Code of Ethics and Practice.
It is common practice and an expectation of their professional body that counsellors undertake regular supervision of their work, along with a requirement for continued professional development. Such a requirement is seen as a measure of maintaining high standards and quality control. All information is treated in the strictest confidence by well qualified and experienced supervisors.
Confidentiality and Data protection:
The trust between client and counsellor is crucial to the success of the therapeutic process. And I treat all disclosed information as confidential. Records do not identify your name; they are kept securely and are subject to the Data Protection Act 1998. I do not share your details with any third party without your permission. However, if in my opinion you are in danger either to yourself or to others, I do reserve the right to inform appropriate agencies. In addition confidentiality can be offered only within acceptable legal boundaries. It would be my practice whenever possible to inform you first should confidentiality need to be breached.