Heather Benbow MBACP
Hello my name is Heather Benbow I am a qualified counsellor and I offer Counselling and Personal Therapy in Sutton Coldfield and Solihull. I work with clients to help them through difficult periods in their lives e.g.:
- Dealing with loss
- Coping with major life changes
- Stress at work or home
- Relationship issues
- Coping with ill-health
- Rape & sexual violence
Or to address on-going emotional/psychological issues e.g.:
- Unhealthy relationship patterns
I use an integrative approach, combining elements of person-centered and psychodynamic therapies and CBT. This means I can adapt the way I work to suit your individual needs and time-frame.
I work from Maple Leaf Counselling which is situated at:-
Yew Tree House 162 Illshaw Heath Road Solihull B94 6DL Shirley / Solihull – Just off Junction 4 or M42
or Sutton Coldfield near Butlers Lane train station and major bus routes.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma Level 4 in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
- Diploma Level 5 in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
- Registered Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
I have worked extensively with victims or rape and sexual violence, as well as their supporters. I also have experience of working within a family support and bereavement service within a hospice.
I have previously worked within business and have seen first hand how the stresses of deadlines and workloads can translate into difficulty working with colleagues and clients, trouble concentrating, preoccupation over the fear instead of focusing on work, and turning down assignments because of fear of failure, or public speaking. All of these stresses can impact on home and work life.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
I charge £25 for an initial meeting in order to cover my costs. This 30-minute session gives us the chance to look at the issues which brought you to counselling.
The next five sessions are charged at £45. Apart from the initial meeting, the sessions are up to 60 minutes maximum duration.
I believe in the value and uniqueness of each individual. I also believe that within each person there is a core, genuine Self. This is what some might refer to as 'potential'. That potential can only find fruition if the conditions for growth are just right, but sadly this is often not the case because of the imperfections of the significant people in our lives, the society around us, and so on.
The counselling work is centred around the creation of a genuine, non-judgemental and empathic therapeutic relationship where there is no agenda. It allows for the real self to have a voice and enables the individual to explore inner tensions and anxieties. This exploration enables the person to realise his/her self-worth and re-assess the various issues and the feelings that exist.
My approach is based on the Person-Centred model of counselling, which as the name suggests is focussed on the individual rather on a set agenda of mine. I may also employ techniques from other schools of thought, for example the Parent/Adult/Child theories from Transactional Analysis. I may sometimes suggest some creative methods, but that will be agreed upon with each person.
It's my privilege to help facilitate the exploration of feelings and issues. I do this not by offering solutions or strategies but by offering empathy, encouragement, supportive challenge, and helping to identify links so that hopefully the individual be able to see things differently.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client