How I became a Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Originally from the U.K, I emigrated to Australia in 2004, and commenced training in counselling and psychotherapy in 2006. I received my Graduate Diploma of Counselling & Psychotherapy from the Jansen-Newman Institute of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy in Sydney after successfully completing 2 years of study and 50 hours of face to face counselling in the Counselling Clinic. I chose to study at the JNI Institute as I wanted to be working with real clients as soon as possible and found the combination of training in psychological theory, group therapy and working in the Clinic, a holistic approach to learning.
Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist
I started studying in 2011 at The Institute of Emotionally Focused Therapy in Sydney to work towards a Graduate Diploma in Emotionally Focused Therapy which I have now passed and will be conferred upon me in Feb 2018. As I have a background in the arts I wanted to work with clients in a creative and imaginative way and to devote myself to one main therapeutic approach. From a practical perspective Emotionally Focused Counselling & Therapy has been found to be highly effective for couples and individuals experiencing relationship distress and past and present trauma.
Developing self-awareness around emotions, thoughts and behaviours and re-experiencing them in the safety of the counselling session can help to facilitate change as the client is involved in an experiential learning process. I believe at the very core we are emotional beings who experience emotions to inform us of our needs and wants. By connecting to our feelings, both secondary or surface emotions like anger and guilt as well as deeper primary feelings such as hurt, fear and sadness can allow us to discover our true needs and wants and change the way we relate to ourselves and others.
Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia
PACFA Reg. Clinical 24205
Code of Ethics
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Every year as a requirement under the PACFA code of conduct all counsellors engage in at least 20 hours of professional development training whilst seeing their supervisor after every 4-6 weeks.