The Octagon


Certificate in CBT Skills (Dr Michael Worrell, NICE guidelines)
CPCAB Counselling Supervision (Level 6)
Cruse Bereavement Care Supervision (Level 3, Accredited)
BACP Accreditation Counsellor/Psychotherapist
City & Guilds 7303-02 Preparing to Teach (Lifelong Learning Sector)
Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents
- Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Level 4, 2 years) - Certificate In Counselling Studies (Level 3)
Certificate In Counselling Skills (Level 3)
Initial Counselling Skills (Level 2)
Access Social Science Course and Social Care (Sociology, Psychology, and Statistics)


  • Supervising Volunteers Working with Bereaved C&YP
  • Supporting Suddenly Bereaved Children & Young People
  • Mental Health Awareness (Somerset Cruse)
  • Safeguarding (Somerset Cruse)
  • Compulsive Gambling Training)
  • Time Limited Ways of Working
  • Working With Grief Circles (Lois Tonkin)
  • Refresher for Cruse Supervisors
  • Mental Health First Aid (2 Days)
  • Understanding Sudden Bereavement (Webinar)
  • Refresher in Child Protection (SLSB)
  • Child Sexual Exploitation (SLSB)
  • Suicide & Suicidal Ideation (Kirstan Amis)
  • Safeguarding (Somerset Area Cruse Training)
  • Motivational Interviewing (Stephen Rollnick, Phd - 2 day training)
  • 'Working With Problem Gambling' Training (2 days)
  • Working With Suicidal Behaviour CBT
  • Annual Regional UKPTS Conference Cardiff
  • Traumatic Stress St/ESTSS General Certificate in Psychotraumatology
  • CBT Intro Course (SDS Diploma CBT)
  • Working With PTSD (SDS Diploma CBT)
  • Understanding Addiction (Max Dalda Muller)
  • Interaction of Attachment Styles of Client and Therapist (1 Day)
  • Creative Interventions to Support Bereaved Children
  • Cruse Telephone Support (1 day training)
  • Mental Health Awareness (Mind, 5.5 hrs)
  • The Impact of Suicide on Families (Child Bereavement Charity)
  • Red Chocolate Elephants Workshop (Children Bereaved by Suicide)
  • Mindfulness (MBSR, plus MBCT - 8 days)
  • Working Together To Safeguard Children (2 days)
  • Suicide & Young People Training Day
  • Working Therapeutically with Sexual Abuse
  • Chaos, Complexity, Compliance (LSCB)
  • Dialogues Around Depression (TAP Conference)
  • Working with Children & Vulnerable Adults (6 hrs)
  • Group Leaders Course Training (Cruse)
  • Working Together To Safeguard Children (Level 2, 2 days)
  • Beyond Awareness - Child Protection and Domestic Abuse Course
  • Children Who Display Sexually Harmful Behaviours Course
  • SWEDA - Somerset & Wessex Eating Disorder Assoc (3 days)
  • Sudden & Traumatic Death (6 hrs)
  • Working with Bereaved Children and Young People (6 days, September)
  • Family Constellation Therapy Training Day
  • CBT Training Day (Strode College)
  • CBT Training Day (Somerset College, 2 days)
  • Counselling Survivors' of Abuse (Training Day, Strode College)
  • Child Protection (Level 1, Training Day, Somerset Local Authority)
  • Spotting the Early Warning Signs of Psychosis (Mindline)
  • Mental Health Awareness & Telephone Helpline Skills (Mindline, 35 hrs)
  • Loss, Grief & Bereavement Training (St. Margaret's Hospice, Giving Support, 20 hrs)
  • Cruse Bereavement Care (Training Course, 60 hrs)

Employment - Placements -Experience

Counsellor & Psychotherapist - Private Practice
Level 6 Supervisor
School Counsellor - Hamp Academy (Primary)
Cruse Bereavement Care Supervisor - Adults, Children, & YP
Group Facilitator
Training Facilitator
Facilitation of Cruse Volunteers Support Group
Somerset Area Cruse Management Committee - Chair
Somerset Area Cruse Management Committee - Vice Chair
Young Cruse Bereavement Counsellor
Cruse Bereavement Counsellor for Adults
School Counsellor - Ladymead Community School (Secondary)
Counsellor - The Albemarle Centre (Mental Health)
Confidential Telephone Support Counsellor (Mind)