About MeI believe humans have the capacity to live fulfilling lives and reach their full potential. I also believe that humans learn ways of coping which worked well in the past, but are no longer useful or "fit" into the present. Counselling can help explore why that happened, the effects and what might need resolving in order to deal with present day situations and relationships in a more rational way.
I believe part of counselling is acknowledging that people have always done their best, making the best decisions they could have in the past. I think every client is unique and the way I work is tailored to each persons individual needs. I work in an honest and down to earth way.
I have been involved in a peer counselling network for 30 years. This has given me a vast experience of listening to people from all ages and backgrounds in order to help them work towards reaching their full potential. During this time I set up and led an innovative playgroup in Bristol for 4 years which had a specific focus on relationships between parents and their children. From this I learnt how important early relationships are and what a powerful impact they can play in our lives as adults specifically in the way we make meaningful contact with others.
I update my knowledge and skills regularly by attending workshops, courses and lectures as well as having my own counselling, so that I am constantly developing my self-awareness and understanding of how I relate to others.
I am also in regular and professional supervision for all my work.
Qualifications, past experience and and useful linksI have a Diploma in Counselling from the University of the West of England which covered both humanistic and psychodynamic approaches.
I also have training in Couples Counselling, Young People and Adolscents as well as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA) and Eating Dis-orders (with Professor Julia Buckroyd).
I have had experience in working as a volunteer for Hopes Place (2009 - 2012), which was an agency that provided a counselling service for men and women facing pregnancy related issues. I have also worked for Mothers for Mothers, which provides a counselling service for women who have post natal illness.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This means that I work within a code of conduct and ethics as directed by BACP and am accountable for my work. I am also a member of CAPPP which is a networking organisation for counsellors and psychotherapists in private practise in the south west of England.
I am registered with the Counselling Directory: http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellors/shirley-thatcher