I have been a working as a counsellor for 11 years, and during that time, I have always been a member of the BACP – the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. My counselling practise is built around this framework and the ethics it sets out, putting the clients needs first and allowing me to provide a safe counselling environment.
On the 3rd June 2021, I achieved my BACP accreditation and I am now an accredited member of the BACP – MBACP (Accred). The accreditation is extensive, requiring a minimum number of counselling hours and years experience, ongoing CPD training, supervision as well as a number of pieces of written work that are submitted and marked, including case studies and reports explaining how I use counselling theories within my work.
Accreditation has always been a really important milestone for me to achieve as the scheme aims to recognise the achievement of high standards of knowledge, experience and development in counselling and psychotherapy which is what I have always aimed for. It is also designed to help clients, employers, practitioners and students to make an informed decision when choosing a therapist.