My journey to becoming a counsellor began with a negative personal experience of counselling; feeling patronised and belittled was not what I expected from an individual who promoted being non-judgemental, compassionate and understanding. I had an existing love of Psychology after studying the subject at A Level and decided this was the motivation I needed to further expand my knowledge and train in this field. After feeling lost for many years, I found my true passion and completed 3 years of counselling training.
As a qualified counsellor my next step was to open my private practice, KJE Counselling. Alongside this I continue to counsel for Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre where I work with survivors of rape, childhood abuse and sexual violence. In the past I was also a counsellor for The Children's Society Waves Project in Weymouth, Dorset, where I worked with young people on a range of concerns from depression and bullying, to self harm and destructive family life.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice, and I'm committed to the process of continuing professional development by attending conferences and courses on a regular basis. Some recent courses include working with addiction and bereavement, working with Dissociative Identity Disorder, and Understanding Coercive Control and Domestic Violence.
Training and Qualifications:
- Registered Member of the BACP, working towards Accreditation.
- CPCAB Level 2 Introduction to Counselling
- CPCAB Level 2 Counselling Skills
- CPCAB Level 3 Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Level 4 Therapeutic Counselling Diploma
- Transactional Analysis 101 (Iron Mill College)
I also have an ongoing Open BSc. (Hons) studying various modules of Psychology and Counselling (Open University) including working with fear and sadness, investigating mental health and the psychology of childhood and youth.
How I work:
The counselling relationship between you and I is extremely important as a secure platform for self exploration and self acceptance, and so warmth, empathy and understanding form the basis to our therapeutic alliance. From a biopsychosocial perspective, I believe that every individual is a combination of biological, psychological and social influences, and that changing one aspect will have a knock on effect on the other areas of life.
As an integrative counsellor I draw from a range of therapeutic approaches to make your experience as unique as you are, and I am able to adapt to your needs and provide support which suits you as an individual.
The therapies that inform my practice are:
- Person Centred: Exploring the perceptions of self and views of the world.
- Existential: Focusing on existence in the world within the limits of the human condition.
- Transactional Analysis: Understanding interactions in relation to past experiences and identifying problem areas.
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Exploring the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviours, with a view to removing destructive patterns.
- Creative Therapies: Using artistic and creative interventions to explore emotions when words can be too overwhelming.
- Attachment Theory: Exploring childhood attachments and patterns of relating to others.
Ultimately all of these therapeutic approaches promote autonomy and self awareness, where you know exactly what is right for you.