I’m Pamela Mackenzie-Reilly, a professionally qualified integrative counsellor – which means that I use different theoretical counselling approaches depending on each individual. I hold an Advanced Diploma in Counselling (Accredited) and am a fully registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This means that I believe in and abide by their strict code of ethics, am fully insured and have regular clinical supervision.
It’s generally accepted that it isn’t helpful to know too much about your counsellor’s private life and personal circumstances. There are many reasons for this but I can see, however, that a bit of general information about me might help you decide if you’d like to make contact.
My background is within criminology and the criminal justice system. I had a successful career as a Senior Operational Manager (Prison Governor) for HM Prison Service, finding my work varied, fascinating and I enjoyed working with a wide spectrum of people and issues. I was young, healthy and had supportive friends and family. Although I seemed to have everything going for me, I suffered from anxiety and depression and had no idea why, or what to do to get out of it … and felt very guilty for not being happy. I was reluctant to ask for help, but finally went for counselling, which helped me make sense of my feelings, my life and to see the choices I had if I wanted to change. I did make changes, small ones at first and then bigger ones, including moving to North Devon.
Ten years ago, I trained as a counsellor myself … and I love it. I love meeting people who have the strength to seek their truth. And I love helping them find it.