Who are the Pathways Counsellors?
All Pathways counsellors are accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to this organisation’s code of ethics and complaints procedures. Accredited means that individuals have achieved a substantial level of training and experience that has been approved by BACP. In accordance with BACP standards all Pathways counsellors receive regular supervison from a qualified supervisor and undertake continuing professional development. We are also able to offer supervision to other practitioners.
- Jill Hinton works in Redruth
- Rebecca Durrant works in the Falmouth area
- Gabrielle Hawkes works in the Penzance and Redruth areas
- Alice Polly Renwick works in Truro and St. Austell
I am a founder member of Pathways and have been BACP accredited since 2003.
I hold the following qualifications:
- BA (First Class Hons) in Counselling Studies (Uni of Plymouth)
- Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies (Uni of Plymouth)
- Diploma in Professional Studies in Counselling (Person-Centred Counselling and Therapy) (Uni of Plymouth)
- Certificate of Professional Development in Counselling Supervision
- Certificate in Education (Uni of Plymouth)
Practising alternative therapies fifteen years ago, I began to see that the healing process was also happening through talking, the telling of the story, and decided to train as a counsellor. This background has given me a holistic approach to my work as companion on the individual's journey towards self-discovery, of coming to a place of self acceptance, and in so doing creating opportunity for personal growth.
For many years I worked as a counsellor in Primary Care, concerned with the emotional well-being of individuals bringing a host of concerns: low self esteem, relationship problems, stress, bereavement, sexual abuse, anxiety and depression to name a few. I also set up and facilitated a weekly depression support group. My interest in group work led to teaching counselling skills and personal development in Higher Education and to facilitating and supporting groups within the NHS.
My private practice - in the centre of Redruth, within easy reach of the A30, train station and buses - includes working with individuals referred by Employment Assisted Programmes (EAPS), students on counselling courses, couples and those who find their own way to me, in search of support through difficult or troubled times.
I also work as a counselling supervisor.
- M.A. Psychotherapy and Healing (Middlesex Uni & SOPH)
- B.A.Hons Phil/Soc (Southampton Uni)
- P.G.Dip. Analytical Psychology and Healing (Middlesex Uni & SOPH)
- Dip. Prof. Studies in Person-Centred Counselling (Uni of Plymouth)
- Certificate in Counselling (Exeter Uni)
- Certificate in working with survivors of rape and sexual abuse (Cornwall Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre)
- PG Cert Counselling Supervision (Uni of Plymouth)
As a B.A.C.P. accredited counsellor and psychotherapist, I am committed to continuing my professional development, and attend regular training and workshops on therapy related subjects. I am a founder member of Pathways, and, as well as my own practice, I work for the Cornwall Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre. I also work with individuals referred by Employment Assisted Programmes, and I offer Counselling Supervision.
Over the years I have worked with clients from many differing backgrounds and ages, gaining experience in helping with a wide range of human issues and concerns, all of which reflect life's complexity. Among these are depression, anxiety, illness, relationship difficulties, sexual abuse, self-esteem issues, the mid-life passage, spiritual concerns and the search for meaning.
There are often times in life when we may feel the need to share and work through our troubles safely with someone we can trust.
I value each person as a unique individual, trying, like all of us, to live a fulfilling and authentic life as free as possible from suffering. While I do, when needed, offer practical self-help suggestions, my fundamental role is to offer confidentiality and non-judgemental respect, to accompany clients for a time on their life's journey, while helping them to find their way through their difficulties, and to access their own inner wisdom. I have a special interest and qualifications in Jungian psychology, dreamwork, spirituality and healing.
In addition to a degree, I hold the following qualifications:
- Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Therapy (Uni of Plymouth)
- Certificate in Person-Centred Supervision
- Certificate in Working with Victims of Sexual Abuse
- Diploma in Humanistic Psychology
- Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming
I have been accredited with the BACP since 2003.
A founder member of Pathways, I work in the Penzance and Redruth areas. I also now regularly work with people all over the UK using Skype and phone counselling. I have experience in helping with a wide range of issues which include stress, trauma, anxiety, longterm illness including ME/CFS, depression, low-self-esteem, addictions, sexual abuse, relationship difficulties working with couples as well as individuals), gender issues, life crises and mental health difficulties. I also offer supervision of other counsellors. One of my roles is as supervisor of trainee counsellors on the Counselling Diploma course at Cornwall College.
Areas of special interest include dreams and personal and spiritual development. As a psychotherapist, I see my role as accompanying each individual on a journey of self discovery through the landscape of the psyche. Sometimes, we may need to travel back into the past to look at the origins of problems, other times it is all about finding a way through the tangled undergrowth of the present to a clearer path to the future. I will often offer practical ideas for self-help, such as stress relief and ways of getting through difficult days, but my underlying philosophy is that each person has within them the wisdom to make the deeper changes that they need to become happier and live in a more fulfilling way; my job is to help them to access this wisdom and to find the meaning and purpose in life which I believe we all long for.
As well as being a psychotherapist, I also work as an artist and I like to think I take some of my creativity into the therapy room with me.
As a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist, I am available for individual and couple work either from my peaceful and secluded home venue in Pentewan near St Austell or from St George's Natural Therapy Centre in Truro.
My Person Centred training and practice covers the vast range of ups and downs of human experience, dealing with the whole person within the context of life challenges and relationship. My major qualifications being:
- PG Certificate in Counselling Supervision (Uni of Plymouth)
- Certificate in Counselling for Rape and Sexual Abuse
- Certificate of Mental Health Awareness
- Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and Therapy (Uni of Plymouth)
- AQA Certificates in Counselling Theory and Practice
- Bachelor of Education (Uni of Southampton)
In addition to these I continually pursue professional and personal development activities, aiming for ongoing quality and expansion of expertise. I have a particular interest in relationship both with oneself and others, impacts of trauma and abuse, and also developmental and existential issues.
In particular I have concern for individuals who are struggling with the impact of criminal behaviour, either of their own doing, or that of others, and linked to this I specialise in working with clients who have a loved-one "gone missing". (This can be physically missing without communication, or when they are present in body but not mind.)
I am also keenly interested in maintaining and developing professional quality within Cornwall by delivering individual and group supervision to fellow counsellor/psychotherapists and also in offering professional support to organizations where staff are exposed to sensitive and distressing material.
In our work together I hope that you would feel respected and fully accepted and that you benefit from my commitment towards a deep understanding of how your experience impacts on you as a unique individual.
Within this private and confidential, space we will explore the complexity of your difficulties, explore the range of personal growth and circumstantial options and decide upon your way forward.
(I will endeavour to be of help at any stage where referral to alternative, additional or follow on support is required.)