Hi, my name is Cathy, and I live in London in the UK, and have several years’ experience working as a Counsellor.
I decided to become a Counsellor after receiving counselling myself, which helped me to get through some difficult life events. I decided then that I would like to help others who were experiencing similar problems, and so I studied part-time while raising my family to become a Counsellor, and also did some voluntary work to gain experience with a couple of West London Mental Health charities.
After I finished my Advanced Diploma, I continued with my volunteer work placements and began doing some private work to provide counselling and support for clients recovering from spiritual abuse, exploitation and undue influence, as well as for clients with a variety of different mental health issues, and I then went on to gain a BA(Hons) degree in Counselling.
Unfortunately the charity I worked for folded due to austerity funding cut-backs, but I managed to get another job with Hounslow Borough Council and worked alongside the NHS to provide support for Carers of secondary care mental health service users.
Due to becoming a Carer myself a few years later, and then being diagnosed with a chronic health condition, I decided to leave my job and focus instead on my own self-care. I developed an interest in delivering other forms of counselling that would fit in with my health needs and a slower pace of life. As I had already achieved a Diploma in online counselling, I studied further to use writing as a powerful therapeutic medium. I now provide online therapy to clients using the written word through email sessions.
To ensure that I practice in an ethical and safe manner, I receive regular clinical supervision, and attend regular training and workshops as part of my Continued Professional Development. I am a member of the following professional bodies, adhering to their professional ethics and guidelines: