Diana Simpson-Hinds, MBACP, BPS: Blooming Families
Hello, my name is Diana Simpson-Hinds; I am a qualified and experienced Psychotherapist and the Director of Blooming Families. I have been providing counselling support to students in schools and families since 2006.
As you know, nurturing children can be joyous but also challenging at times; especially, when there is a breakdown in communication. It can feel like both adult and child are speaking a different language or from another world. It can cause frustration when there is a block in understanding and as the tension builds neither can find common ground.
When children display challenging behaviours; it may be due to family breakdown, grief, anger or anxiety. They might also be feeling lonely or worried, and this prevents them from socialising because they don’t feel like they belong or can fit in but there is hope!
You might be a first-time parent or have been parenting for some years and feeling overwhelmed with the responsibilities. However, it can be helpful to speak to someone neutral about your feelings regarding your child's behaviour; implementing discipline; academic performance or breakdown in family relationships.
The intention is to help parents and children to build a strong foundation where the family can work together or individually. Therefore, several principles are used to accommodate the needs of the family since they are the expert of their lives and are responsible for their development. Alternatively, the family may be assisted to identify the issues they are experiencing with the focus on finding a solution. Each member can look at their perception of the problem; how it influences their feelings and their behaviour; while seeking to find an amicable outcome.
Blooming Families offer groups to children and teens covering topics on Confidence Building; Self-Esteem; Anger Management and Self-Awareness where they can meet like-minded people of the same age who are going through similar issues. Group work takes place after school, but individual and family work is conducted at a private office or by Skype to make the service more convenient.
The work is carried out in a safe and confidential environment; that is non-judgmental. The family is accepted for who they are and what they bring to the session. The support provided is honest and transparent which helps in building mutual trust in the therapeutic relationship.
Booking an appointment
You can make contact by email or by phone to talk about your reason for seeking counselling. The counsellor, will explain the process to you and you will have the opportunity to ask questions before you book an appointment. At the initial meeting, you can talk in more depth about the issue you are experiencing following which you will have seven days to decide if you wish to continue.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a therapist in 2004; since then I have been working with families in agencies; social services; primary and secondary education; outreach into the community; in private practice in Barbados and England.
I have certificates in solution brief focus therapy; cognitive behaviour therapy and play therapy. I have a diploma in person-centre counselling; a BA in Psychology with Counselling studies and MSc. in Psychology.
I provide individual counselling; family therapy; group work for children and teens covering topics such as Confidence Building; Self-Esteem; Anger Management and Self-Awareness. I also work with individuals with phobias, addiction, stress, depression, bereavement, transitions, bullying, family breakdown; poor academic performance; abuse: sexual, emotional and physical.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Child related issues
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
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Individual from £60.00 - 50 minutes
Family therapy from £90.00 - 50 minutes
Children and teen groups’ £40.00 - 60 minutes; per session
Concessions are made for people on low income and students.
I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation to see if we are the right match for each other before making an initial appointment.
I am based in Forest Hill; Cavendish Square; selected schools; online by email and Skype.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday 9.30 am - 6.00 pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|