For effective counselling and/or psychotherapy to take place, it is important that the focus remains on the client. Where it is considered important and polite for those engaged in a social conversation to share the time fairly equally, and disclose information in the same way, in a therapy session the time split may well be 80/20 in favour of the client. The more information about themselves that the therapist shares, the more likely it will be that this leads to the attention moving away from the client. Whilst this may be more comfortable and pleasant, it is not the aim of therapy to have a pleasant conversation.
For this reason, please excuse me for not sharing here any personal information - or indeed details of my professional experience before retraining for a career more suitable for someone getting on a bit in years. That is not to say that my previous experience has no relevance here, it does - and in many ways - but giving details here will quite probably provide distractions. We are all expert at picking up on body language, facial expressions, the particular words chosen and how they are stressed, clothing and all the small ways we choose to define ourselves to the wider world. I'm sure that I 'leak' quite enough of these already, without giving away anything deliberately.
I can of course say that I'm based near Brenchley (Near Tunbridge Wells, West Kent.) Although it is possible to offer therapy by letter, email, 'phone or Skype when face to face contact is not possible, it is normally much better to be able to be present together in the same room.
It is right, proper and a professional requirement however that I provide full details of my professional identity, including qualifications and compliance with legal responsibilities
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BSc (Hons) Psych, Dip TA Practice, MBACP, MBPsS
Continuing professional development certificate - 'Contemporary approaches to psychotherapy with couples'
'Starting Out in Healthcare Chaplaincy' course, Network for Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Care in Health
Certificate of Proficiency (BACP)
Diploma in Psychotherapy (Dip. TA Practice)
Accredited as a non-religious pastoral care volunteer
Introductory Certificate in Trauma Therapy
Foundation Certificate in Clinical Hypnotherapy
Introductory Certificate in Mindfulness and Stress Reduction
Foundation certificate in 'Transactional Analysis Training in Counselling and Psychotherapy
BSc (Hons) in Psychology
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
British Psychological Society