About St Johns Counselling and Therapy
I work as an independent Psychological, integrative Counsellor. My aim is to provide you with the highest quality of psychological counselling service which includes a safe and competent practice. I am here to help you to help yourself to the best of my ability. I provide a safe and supportive environment for people who are aged from 11 and above.
I work from a private practice, ’St John’s Counselling and Therapy’ on the Kidderminster road, in Bromsgrove.
As a member of BACP, ITAA, UKATA, G.H.R, all my work is guided by their code of Ethics. In addition I receive regular supervision. I am experienced at helping clients work through many issues that involve for example, self-esteem, confidence, anger management, anxiety, relationship, bereavement. Please see my website for further details.
My training, work experience and any achievement
1. Kidderminster Probation Services, Placement Counsellor
2. Bromsgrove Bereavement - Counsellor
3. Primrose Hospice - Family Support Worker
1. Birmingham University
2. Regents College London
3. The Berne Institute Kegworth
4. Bromsgrove New College
5. Kidderminster College
6. Unity Principle, school of Hypnotherapy Birmingham
1. 1998 - Birmingham University - BA Hons Business Management Class 2.1
2. 2003 - CPCAB - Level 2 Counselling Certificate in Initial Counselling Skills
3. 2004 - CPCAB - Level 2 Counselling Certificate in Counselling Skills
4. 2005 - CPCAB - Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
5. 2006 - AQA - Level 3 - Advanced Certificate in Counselling
6. 2007 - AQA - Level 4 - Advanced Diploma Humanistic Counselling
7. 2009 - RCL - Post Grad - Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
8. 2010 - ITA - TA101, Transactional Analysis - Certificate
9. 2012 - ITA - Foundation Certificate Transactional Analysis
10 2013- BACP Accreditation
11.2013 -PG Certificate in working with Adolescents and Children
12 2012- Advanced Training in Transactional Analysis year 1
13 2013- Advanced Training in Transactional Analysis year 2
14 2014 - PG Certificate in working with Depression
15 2014 - Clinical Diploma in Hypnotherapy
16 2014 - Advanced Training in Transactional Analysis year 3
17 2014 - Certificate in Mindfulness
Current. Continued Professional Development (CPD)
1. 2015 - CTA -MSC - Training year 3 - Expected completion July -2017
1. 2006 September - Child Protection Training for Health Professionals - Level 1 - Vigilant Practice
2. 2005 December - Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, Bereavement training workshop
3. 2010 - Level 1 First Aid in the workplace
What is counselling?
Counselling is about helping you to find ways to live your life more satisfactorily. To feel more comfortable with yourself and your relationships, to feel more in control, to make changes that might be needed, to come to terms with events in your life
Who is it for?
People from all walks of life seek the help of professional, qualified counsellors. Many of us at some point in our lives require counselling and may need help to work through issues for example such as;
Low self esteem
How can it help?
As an independent trained listener, a counsellor’s aim is to assist you to find confidence within your own resources to manage the difficulties inhibiting you and your life more effectively.
How long does it last?
Counselling sessions are usaully 50 minutes long and take place on a weekly basis. How many sessions you have will depend on what you want to work on and and what we agree together.
Our work together will be reviewed at agreed intervals.
The aim is to work with warmth empathy and acceptance for who you are as person. As a fully qualified member of the BACP, all work will be guided by their code of ethics.
The Therapy Hour is 50 minutes and offers a range of psychotherapy, counselling, coaching, supervision and consultancy services, from telephone, online and face-to-face individual counselling.
Whether you are interested in working as a private individual or as an organisation, your first point of contact will usually be an email or telephone call. I can either spend some time on the telephone discussing your needs in an attempt to establish whether I am the right person for the job. If I am unable to help, I will do my best to refer you to a practitioner or service that can.
If I think I am able to provide the kind of service you are looking for, I will invite you to an assessment or consultancy session.
The initial assessment session is an opportunity for us both to assess whether counselling or therapy is something from which you would benefit, and for us to explore how we may work together.
At the end of the assessment, I will offer some feedback and will advise you as to whether or not I feel therapy would be beneficial. Some clients make an appointment to begin work there and then, while others prefer to go away and think about it. Working Together
I would normally expect you to commit to an initial 8 sessions of work, usually (although not always) occurring once weekly. I find this often proves sufficient for those bringing relatively simple issues. For others, the 8 sessions offers a time-limited introduction to counselling and therapy, during which period I am able to assess needs and preferred style of working in more detail. For such clients, the review which takes place at the end of the initial period allows them to examine what they have achieved thus far and to consider what remains to be worked on.
If we decide to continue, we will formulate a plan for continued work, usually in an open-ended contract.
The service offered to clients:
In counselling, both the Counsellor and the Client have rights and responsibilities.
Counselling provides you with the opportunity to present issues that are causing you concern, difficulty or distress to someone who is trained and experienced in providing psychological and relational help.
Counsellor rights and responsibilities:
1. Confidentiality & Supervision
As your therapist I will respect you as a person and endeavour to honour your trust.
I will respect your confidences and protect them from disclosure to others unless authorised by yourself or by law.
Exceptions to confidentiality are allegations of child abuse, when a serious crime has been committed or threatened or if there is serious risk of harm to yourself or others.
If I consider that you are at imminent risk of causing serious harm to yourself or others, I may seek additional assistance on your behalf or on behalf of vulnerable others. This will normally be done with your consent unless the circumstances prevent this, in which case i will, where appropriate endeavour to inform you about what has been communicated and to whom.
You are recommended to let me know of anyone from whom you wish to receive additional support and with whom I can communicate with on a confidential basis between sessions should this be required. (e.g. other professional: social worker nurse or a doctor.)
As part of my professional development as a counsellor and in order to enhance the quality of the therapy being offered to you I may discuss my work with my therapeutic supervisor. I attend regular sessions with an experienced and qualified BACP supervisor
.Should I discuss your case, in order to safeguard confidentiality and protect your anonymity, I will not disclose your name or any possible identifiable details.
Before considering breaching confidentiality, I will consult with my counselling supervisor.
Sometimes I will keep brief confidential notes of our counselling sessions. Your notes will be locked in a filing cabinet at my premises, to which only I have a key. In accordance with the timescale for storage of records as recommended by my professional body: The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) notes and records pertaining to your case will be retained for seven years. See Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy (www.bacp.co.uk) for further information. After seven years all notes and records retained concerning your case will be destroyed by shredding. Records may be “weeded” out periodically to remove information that no longer serves a therapeutic purpose and does not form part of the brief factual work that we do together (e.g. flip chart work we may do in sessions).
At the end of the first session, we will discuss what is likely to most helpful to you and how you want to proceed. We may agree a number of sessions for ongoing work and the pace for this work, normally weekly on a protected time and day that is mutually suitable.
As this contract draws to a close we review the work to date and either re-contract or work to a close of counselling together. The counsellor is responsible for the process of counselling.
Your responsibilities as client
You are responsible for your own thoughts, feelings, actions, and for your own personal growth. You, as client, are responsible for the content of the work.
Your counsellor is here to help you to help yourself, to the best of your abilities.
To be open, honest and willing to share your concerns with your counsellor.
To ask questions when you don’t understand or when you need clarification.
To report changes or unexpected events with your counsellor as related to your problem.
To keep appointments or to give at least 48 hours advance notice when you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment and to pay the agreed fees to the counsellor. I reserve the right to charge a late cancellation fee of £20 with less than 24 hours notice or the full fee for a non attendance for a session.
Should you arrive late for a session, or decide to end a session before the scheduled time my standard fee remains applicable. If you arrive late for a session, I will not be able to extend the session beyond the allocated time.
To communicate any changes in circumstances that might impact on your therapy.
If you have any concerns about the counselling and feel unable to resolve them directly with me or my supervisor, I will facilitate you to make a complaint to the BACP