qualified Counsellor mei choate
ph.D., MACC-Accred, MBACP, DIP.COUNS
I have lived and worked in the Far East and mainland Europe before coming to the UK. During my life journey I have rubbed shoulders with people from many cultures and social backgrounds. I've faced poverty, loneliness, anxiety, low self-esteem and depression - and can relate with clients going through similar transitions. The good news is that it is possible to overcome these hurdles and get to that better place where you can find yourself and live out of the values you hold dear. Before training as a counsellor, part of my work involved facilitating global teams and resolving sometimes hidden conflicts.
In counselling I work within an integrative framework - that is, my approach is a holistic one, using knowledge and skills that are most relevant to your needs and circumstances.
MY COUNSELLING EXPERIENCE 3+ years of practice ( with over 900 client hours), including 2 years short-term mostly CBT therapy within the NHS. Other settings I am working in are: a hospice for families facing terminal illness, a Christian counselling agency and my private practice. I am happy to counsel people of all faiths or none.
B.Sc., Ph.D. in Computation
Certificate in Crisis Counselling
Certificate in Family and Marriage Counselling
Certificate in Grief and Bereavement Counselling
Level 5 Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP-accredited, NHS Training)
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Obssessive Compulsive Disorders
Grief Therapy Models
ADHD in Adults
Emotion Focused Therapy (Relationship Counselling)
Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma and PTSD
I am an accreditated counsellor with the ACC, and am also registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. My practice complies with their Ethical Codes, which promote good practice and ensure the safety of the client. I am also supported with clinical supervision and professional indemnity insurance, and have a valid DBS check.