I studied psychotherapy and counselling at the New School of Psychotherapy & Counselling in London. I became a qualified counsellor in 2000 when I obtained my Postgraduate Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling. Whilst working as a private counsellor in Gibraltar I then went on to train at the UK College of Life Coaching in 2004, and achieved an MA in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling from Sheffield University in 2007. Throughout my training I continued to live and work in Gibraltar.
This qualification enabled me to go on and get an enormous amount of counselling experience. I started my job as a counsellor in the Primary Care Centre in Gibraltar as a member of the GHA's Clinical Psychology and Counselling department in October 2007. Alongside continuing my private work, this has been invaluable experience, both in providing psychotherapy to a wide range of people in Gibraltar, and in learning from my colleagues on the team. I left the GHA in December 2014 to concentrate on my private practice and I believe my seven busy years in the GHA will prove to have helped me develop my counselling skills in terms of dealing with a wide range of presenting psychological and emotional issues, as well as in dealing with a high volume of work.
I have also been a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy ever since I started training back in 1996. BACP membership is a little less demanding in terms of academic qualifications but is still a very important badge of proficiency. BACP members can also become 'accredited' by the BACP which supplies a Gold Standard measure like the UKCP registration.
The BACP logo on my homepage contains my unique registration number so that the public can check my registration.
The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy is a membership organisation and a registered charity that sets standards for therapeutic practice and provides information for therapists, clients of therapy, and the general public.
As the largest professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy in the UK, BACP aims to increase public understanding of the benefits of counselling and psychotherapy, raise awareness of what can be expected from the process of therapy and promote education and/or training for counsellors and psychotherapists.
In December 2013, the BACP Board of Governors, in line with the requirements of accreditation with the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, decided that all practising members of BACP must also be on the BACP Register.
As a result, any practising BACP member who is not a Registrant, or not working towards becoming a Registrant, must achieve Registered status within a specified time frame. If they do not achieve Registered status, they will not be allowed to continue in membership.
‘Registration recognises the importance of the counselling and psychotherapy profession in supporting health and emotional wellbeing. It gives our members the status within the health and social care sector that they deserve. It is also an important safeguard for our clients and for employers. It provides a vital quality standard to help clients to select the very best counsellor or psychotherapist for them and gives employers confidence that practitioners are qualified for their role and accountable for their standards of training and practice.’