Dip HIP, MA HIP, PG Dip Psychology
Individual adults in St Briavels
I have an integrative approach with humanistic and psycho-dynamic core values. Integrative means I draw on a number of theories rather than follow one strain of thinking. A humanistic basis means I provide a supportive, respectful, non judgmental environment. Working psycho-dynamically gives value to what occurs unconsciously putting these roots in past experiences.
Phenomenology is a term meaning to look at the world through the eyes of the person describing it. This is essential to the way I work: I get to know you, which means we start to make sense of how the world is for you, identifying things which pose difficulty or challenge and we can then start to make sense of your experiences. This is in contrast to thinking objectively, and judging from a place of 'should' which only disables movement and growth. I believe growth comes from a place of shared compassionate understanding.
St Briavels, Lydney, GL15
Access - One step up into the house
Availability - Monday to Friday
More information about Fiona
Training, Qualifications and Experience
Having completed training with the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC), I hold a Masters Qualification (MA HIP) from Middlesex University. This is a United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) professional qualification, having met the training standards set by them.
My training had a focus on both experiential personal development and academic theoretical learning.
I undertook two placements and set up my private practice. During the seven years of training I was required to be in weekly psychotherapy and private supervision. This means I have a great depth of experience of the process of therapy and the importance of professional support as a therapist.
I have previously volunteered and worked as a Psychotherapist in the NHS and as such held an enhanced DBS and a clinical licence to practice; I worked 1:1 with patients as well as within an art therapy group.
I work both long term and short term with clients. I have worked with clients on various issues including anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, low self-esteem, eating/food struggles, weight management, grief, loss, work struggles, relationship struggles, anger, fatigue, life-long illness, isolation, insomnia, addictions, feeling fed-up or not ‘themselves’.
I also work with clients who want to explore their internal world and learn more about who they are.
I am part of a peer support group and attend continuing professional development (CPD) courses and workshops on a regular basis. These activities provide professional support, discussion and development.
I am currently training in couples therapy with Tavistock Relationships.
I am registered as a fully qualified member of UKCP (No 2011163286). Being on this register gives assurance to clients that my training, through a UKCP training organisation (BCPC), has met the high professional standards as set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) for Health and Social Care.
I am also a member of BCPC, BCPC Glos and of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their code of ethics and conduct.
My previous healthcare experience includes being a Support Worker for young adults with the National Autistic Society, an Occupational Therapy Assistant and a Medical Secretary within the NHS. During my training, I worked as a Consultant Group Counsellor for a weight management organisation where I delivered and facilitated
psych-educational groups and as a consultant Psychotherapist seeing patients for therapy referral assessments.
I hold a law degree (LLB Hons) and Marketing Qualifications (CIM) and my background includes professional roles within the legal, financial and public sectors. I therefore understand the stresses and strains of the corporate environment as well as the pressure of working in the voluntary and local authority environments.
I hail from the Southeast and moved to the Southwest in 1999, settling in the Forest of Dean in 2014. I have also travelled to various countries worldwide experiencing different cultures and lifestyles, which has all been part of enriching my experiences with people.