Training & Experience

TRAINING & EXPERIENCE

​Employed Experience 2002 - 2018



​(I stopped all employed and insurance work in 2018, to concentrate on providing for my private clients)

  • Official Government Departments - mental health assessments, short term therapy/counselling


  • The Priory - Therapist/counsellor - adults & young people, short to long-term work


  • Third Sector Organization - Anger & Trauma, Adults counsellor - funded by NHS/CCG - short to long-term work within community clinics, and a NHS hospitals' psychological therapies department


  • Schools Counsellor, primary, secondary, pupil referral units (PRU) and social educational mental health schools (SEMH Schools) (Over 50 schools around the North West) - Inc. pupils, parents/carers, teachers & staff


  • 7* Employee Assistance Programmes (counselling employees nationwide) - Adults counsellor/therapist - short-term work (6 weeks), mental health assessments & crisis work. Also completing, assessments for NHS services and GP's


  • Looked After Children's (LAC) Counsellor Inc. parents/carers - funded by Wigan local authority


  • Substance Misuse Counsellor- funded by Liverpool NHS/CCG


  • Suicide Prevention Practitioner- PAPYRUS UK - national charity


  • Counsellor & Mental Health Practitioner - Forty Second Street - Manchester - specialist support for young people (11-25 year olds). Funded by NHS/CCG


  • Online Counsellor


  • Relate - North & South Manchester - counsellor


  • Face to Face - charity counsellor for those on low/no income


  • NHS Bereavement & Palliative Care Service & Macmillan- bereavement & life-threatening illness


  • Mental Health Advisor/support helplines


  • Online Advice & Support for concerns around self-harm - TheSite.org


  • GP's Surgeries-counselling & mental health assessments


  • Therapeutic residential units, residential homes & schools for people of all ages with Epilepsy, learning & social difficulties including ASC/Autism


  • Residential/Assessment units, Leaving Care Units - Bury, Wirral, Wigan, Manchester, Alderley Edge
  • The Samaritans- 2 years 2002 - voluntary


  • Brainspotting UK -training assistant for Phase 1,2,3 in Manchester, London & Brighton


Qualifications

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  • Post Graduate Certificate Lv7/Masters Level in 'Critical engagement - Person Centred & CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Therapies' at Temenos - Sheffield, UK


  • AEDP Immersion: AEDP Lv1 Therapist (Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy) AEDP Institute, Dr. Diana Fosha


  • Certificate in Supervision- National Counselling Society (NCS Accredited & Approved). Training approved by British Psychological Society. Manchester, UK


  • ​Certificate in Ego State Therapy with EMDR-Robin Shapiro, London, UK


  • Certificate in EMDR1, 2 & 3- Approved EMDR-UK training. Dr. Derek Farrell, Liverpool, UK


  • Certificate in IFS Lv1 -IFS-UK Dr. Osnat Arbel, Sheffield, UK


  • Certificate in IFS Lv2 -INTENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAM DEEPENING AND EXPANDING IFS - IFS Poland/IFS Institute Dr. Osnat Arbel


  • Certificate in IFS Lv3 - IFS Portugal with Dr. Dick Schwartz  (this is the highest level of IFS Training currently)


  • Certificate in IFS Masterclass - Dr. Frank Anderson


  • Certificate in IFS Informed EMDR - Bruce Hersey LCSW


  • The Further Reaches of IFS - Unattached Burdens - Robert Falconer


  • Diploma Lv4 in Theory & Practice of Counselling (This course focused solely on the Person Centred approach, and was Accredited by British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy/BACP, founded by Pete Sanders) - Person Centred Counselling Services (PCCS) Training Partnership - Manchester. With thanks to Tracey Walshaw and Frances McDonnell.


  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy - CECCH. Birmingham, UK


  • Brainspotting/BSP Phase 1-approvedby the British Psychological Society a heavy Person Centred and neurological approach to process trauma, and other concerns. Dr Mark Grixti. Birmingham, UK


  • Brainspotting/BSP Phase 2-approvedby the British Psychological Society treatment for trauma, and many other concerns. Dr Mark Grixti. Brighton, UK


  • Brainspotting/BSP Phase 3 - technical BSP training. Complex trauma, sports trauma, and EGO state work. Dr David Grand -Barcelona, Spain.


  • Brainspotting for Addictions (known as The Crocodile Setup)- Works with your nervous system, to help recovery and regulation. Dr Roby Abeles (Australia)- London, UK


  • Brainspotting Masterclasses - 4 days Barcelona, Spain, Dr David Grand.


  • Eye Movement Integration Therapy Lv1 - a specialized neurotherapy designed to treat trauma & PTSD. Eva Pollani. Bath, UK


  • Eye Movement Integration Therapy Lv2 & Supervision/advanced- a specialized neurotherapy designed to treat phobia and deep-rooted trauma & PTSD. Eva Pollani, Bath, UK


  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy - Lv1 Trauma Themes - This course included live tutor contact hours, self learning, experiential learning/teaching sessions, personal therapy, and supervised practice. Dr. Pat Ogden's Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. With Esther Perez


  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy/DBT Essentials-Lane Pederson, PsyD, LP, C-DBT


  • Certificate in NLP Professional Coaching -Central College, England. Birmingham, UK


  • Diploma in NLP(Neurolinguistic Programming)


  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy- Central College England


  • Certificate in Solution Focused Counselling - Central College England. Birmingham


  • Certificate in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy - Central College England. Birmingham


  • Certificate in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy - Central College England. Birmingham


  • Counselling Skills LvII (now level III) - Manchester


  • Counselling Concepts LvI (now level II) - Manchester




​Further training & Certificates

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (A.S.I.S.T) - Livingworks
  • Adoption Training
  • Attachment training
  • Awareness of Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Bereavement & palliative care counselling- NHS/Trafford Bereavement & Palliative Care Service
  • Child & Adult safeguarding
  • ​Child trafficking training
  • The Neurobiology of Compassion: Clinical Applications for Therapists
  • Conflict resolution
  • Counterterrorism training (WRAP)
  • Counselling young people - Relate
  • Data protection/GDPR
  • Domestic violence - Relate
  • Family support training- Beechwood cancer care
  • Gestalt Therapy Dream Work
  • Group work - NHS
  • Epilepsy training -The David Lewis Centre - Alderly Edge, Manchester
  • Healing Broken Bonds: The Consequences of Traumatic Attachment with Dr Janina Fisher, London, UK
  • Intro to Existential Psychotherapy - Dr. Emmy Van Deurzen
  • Integration of Mind, Brain and Body in the Treatment of Trauma - with: Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
  • The Integrated Trauma Therapist:Incorporating IFS with EMDR, SP, CPT, AEDP, and DBT, for Treating Complex Trauma and PTSD
  • Returning to Wholeness - Understanding and Integrating Trauma  - with Dr. Gabor Maté
  • Revolutionizing Trauma Treatment - Babette Rothschild

  • Intro to Gestalt therapy
  • Intro to Hakomi - Hakomi Mallorca
  • Intensive Interaction
  • Health & Safety - QCF
  • ​​Supporting mental health of LGBTQ
  • Stabilizing the Unstable - With thanks to Dr. Janina Fisher (CPD Cert)
  • Mental Health - NHS
  • Person Centred sand tray work - PCCS training partnership - Manchester
  • Person Centred couples counselling
  • Polyvagal Theory, Oxytocin, and the Neurobiology of Love- Dr. Stephen Porges - London, UK
  • Self Harm - Teaching School Alliance
  • Suicide TALK - Living Works
  • Timian certificate (challenging behaviour) - BILD
  • Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems (IFS) 1 2020: Intensive with Dr. Frank Anderson
  • Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems (IFS) June 2022: Dr. Frank Anderson
  • Treating Dissociative Disorders (with EMDR & Parts/Ego States) - Dolores Mosquera & Kathy Steele (CPD Cert)
  • Young people, sex & the law - Brook