I strongly believe in the importance of peer support, mentoring and professional development. To this end I offer the following services to trainee counsellors:
Engaging in Personal Therapy is an important part of becoming a counsellor and trainee counsellors are normally required to receive personal therapy whilst they are undergoing training. Indeed if this is not a requirement of your course (apart from when you are at a very basic counselling skills level) I would encourage you to ask why this is not the case. There are a number of reasons why this is important. Firstly it is essential as counsellors that we work through our own personal issues before we seek to help others. If we fail to do so we risk projecting our own emotional issues onto our clients. It is also important that as counsellors we have a strong sense of what it is like to be a client. To coin a perhaps overused phrase
Normally you will be expected to undertake therapy using the modality in which you are training, but at a later date it can also be helpful to experience other forms of therapy. As an integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor I can both model what integrative counselling is like from a therapeutic and theoretical perspective as well as providing the experience of receiving relational integrative therapy.
Supervision is also a requirement once you start seeing clients in placement. I am able to provide supervision to students who have reached diploma level as an integrative counsellor.
Continuing professional development (CPD) is an important part of maintaining skills and building on professional competence. As half of Self Sense Development & Training; Jean Staff and I offer experiential training workshops aimed at those with an interest in counselling and trainee counsellors who are working towards their diploma. Look out for a separate page on this website with further details on Self Sense Development and Training which is coming soon.