Brenda Miller MBACP ( snr accred)
I am a registered senior accredited counsellor and clinical supervisor having worked as a counsellor and supervisor in many settings. I work with Adults, Children, Adolescents, Family, Relationship and Couple Counselling. My initial training is Integrative with a Person Centred approach. I believe that each client needs an approach in therapy which will suit their individuality and emotional needs. I use these different models and approaches to work effectively with the clients issues and their way of being.
We all experience times of anxiety and stress, when we feel anxious or burdened by events in life. For example: Relationship difficulties, Bereavement, Health issues, Emotional problems, Change, Loss or a crisis in our lives are some of the reasons that can lead us to seek professional help. Counselling can help you to explore your thoughts and feelings while acknowledging and giving them a voice within a safe, trusting non judgemental therapeutic relationship.
The client and myself agree a way of working which feels comfortable for them and will meet their personal needs. To do this I provide a professional therapeutic space where the client can feel safe and respected as an individual, a place to explore their issues without being judged.
We have within us the ability to understand our thoughts, actions and reactions but sometimes our experiences can seem overwhelming. Talking with a counsellor can help at these times when we feel vulnerable, anxious or find self understanding most difficult.
I have added on this last paragraph during the Covid 19 lockdown
We are all living in uncertain times. Living with the unknown will evoke many issues and have an emotional impact. Our need to survive is a basic instinct and so we may experience anxiety, a feeling of being unsafe, lonely and cut off from those we love.
On of the issues people are reporting is problems sleeping and having vivid dreams - dreams are a way in which our psyche trys to make sense of what is happening and so although dreams may evoke anxiety and concerns it is a natural response. Sometimes it is helpful to write down your dreams and you may then see a common link - include what emotions were evoked.
Keep routines - eat regularly, take exercise even if this is within the home, keep good sleep hygiene (routine), stay in contact and talk to others, if you can. Be honest with how you feel and what you may need from them. Identify how you can support each other. Offering support and human contact is important even when we are not allowed or unable to meet in person.
Above all remember that we will get through this - Take good care of yourself physically and emotionally.
This Too shall Pass - Persian adage (a saying used by many)
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a general counsellor which means I have been trained and qualified to work with most issues. I have additional professional qualifications to work in areas that I specialise in.
I have a special interest and experience in working with Bereavement, Life limiting illness such as a diagnosis of Cancer (for all concerned, not just the patient) with individuals, children, adolescents and families. Young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties such as ADHD, Aspergers and Autism.
I have worked as the Head of Therapy in a special needs school and managed Counselling Services, and charities - Alzheimer’s Society and Meningitis Trust. At the present time I am working at a Cancer Support Centre as a counsellor and clinical supervisor, also a Hospice and with Employers Assistance Programs.
I have experience of working in GP Surgery's, Hospices, Main Stream Schools, Private Schools, SEND, Management of Counselling Services, EAP, Charities and my own Private Practice. My qualifications are:-
* Diploma in Counselling
* European Diploma in Counselling
* Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Families
* Diploma in Supervision
* Cert: Person Centred Art Therapy
* Cert: CBT
* I have and continue to attended various training workshops and seminars
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
Individuals 50 minutes session - £50
Couples 1hour session - £70
Families 1 hour session - on request
Where there are financial difficulties a reduction may be discussed.
** Corporate contracts are charged at a different rate, as discussed and agreed at the initial contracting stage.
Monday to Friday daytime and some early evenings/ Saturday am.
As a Registered Senior Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I adhere to the BACP Code of Ethics. I have undergone my own personal therapy and as with all professional counsellors I am subject to regular supervision of my work.
I add to my knowledge and understanding by attending continued professional development workshops, seminars, and additional qualifications.
Counselling can offer a quiet space in which to deepen our understanding of ourselves, to discover and develop more of our own unique potential.