Counselling & Psychotherapy In Teddington with Sandra Spenceley

Qualifications and Training

As a qualified counsellor and integrative psychotherapist I am registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), a leading professional body for psychotherapy in the UK. I am also an Individual Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy(BACP) and I'm on the BACP Register for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

I am also a therapeutic supervisor, having completed my training at the Metanoia Institute in 2018.

My training as a psychotherapist was also at the Metanoia Institute and my training is accredited by UKCP and the Middlesex University. My qualifications include an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy, Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, a Practitioner Certificate in Couples work and an Advanced Diploma in Counselling.

As a member of UKCP, the UK's leading professional body for Psychotherapists, I am bound by its Ethical Code of Practice, which you can view here and subject to the Complaints and Conduct Process. I also adhere to the BACP's Ethical Framework and Code of Conduct.

I attend regular supervision with Cynthia Ransley, a fully qualified and experienced psychotherapist.

I have worked as a volunteer counsellor/psychotherapist within the NHS, including The Priory and GP Surgeries in Richmond-upon-Thames and Tooting Bec. I have also held placements with charities in the local area, including the Wimbledon Guild, the Kingston Bereavement Service and the Kingston Women's Centre.

Prior to training as a counsellor I worked in management, with responsibilities for management and employee development, in private, public and not for profit organisations. For as long as I can remember my interests have included people, relationships, nature and animals. Learning about my own, and others, strengths and limitations has been a lifelong passion, which has deepened my empathy, compassion and understanding for the challenges we can all encounter.

Values and Beliefs

My values of integrity and respect for each individual client shape my counselling and psychotherapy practice. My beliefs include an innate human ability to heal within a supportive and understanding relationship.

My theoretical orientation is called 'Integrative'. This means that my beliefs of how we develop as people are drawn from a number of different orientations including humanistic (an organic development path), psychodynamic (impact of early childhood experiences), social/cultural (impact of social pressures), neuroscience (brain development and functioning) and existential (facing the realities of any human life such as death). I bring these perspectives into my work with clients to provide a deeply enriching experience of exploration and discovery. I don't think we can know how centred, balanced and content we can feel unless we explore and face our fears and distress. Techniques can be taught to support along the way, but for the courageous deep psychological work can be life changing.

I wish for all my clients to live well and build the inner resources to manage the inevitable challenges of life.

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