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About me

I have practised as a counsellor for over twenty years.  People who work with me present with all kinds of difficulties.  Sometimes they are consciously affected by an experience they need to process; other times there is a chronic low mood or anxiety which seems to have been present for as long as the individual can recall and which they are at a loss to understand.  Through the counselling process clients gain relief and insight, create new meaning and perspective and benefit from support whilst taking stock of their problems and objectives.

Central to my work is the counselling relationship and using this as a vehicle to make changes, move on from trauma, negotiate relationship problems and arrive at a better relationship to life and the self.

Respect and empathy are vital and I aim to work at your pace and facilitate your gaining the most from the counselling experience.  Counselling with me pays attention to past experience and the significance of unconscious feeling whilst being very focussed on the present and committed to enhancing future prospects.  I prize attunement between counsellor and client and use a range of therapeutic techniques depending on the needs and circumstances of the client.

I offer both short term and open ended counselling and usually work on a one session per week basis.

Training, qualifications & experience

I began training as a counsellor in 2001 and practised specifically in the area of bereavement during that time.I acquired a Masters degree in counselling from the University of Birmingham in 2007.  I have subsequently completed a training in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy,  accredited by the BPC.    DIT is a time-limited therapy for individuals suffering from depression or anxiety and it is one of a small number of  therapies approved by NICE for the treatment of these.

I have a qualification in the delivery of online counselling which is something I have offered for over ten years.I    am a BACP Accredited counsellor and have worked for many years  in University Counselling Services but have other counselling experience within the NHS and various charitable settings.

I have an eclectic counselling background with knowledge of CBT, humanistic and solution-focussed counselling, which I draw on particularly in time-limited work.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Covid-19 stress or trauma

Therapies offered

  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

£47.00 per session

Additional information

My fee from April 2021 is £47 per session.

Fees are subject to review on an annual basis.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Evening sessions available

Further information

Getting Started: just phone or email me if you would like to discuss having a first session.    I am happy to respond to queries and if it seems the right way forward we can then arrange a first meeting .    A first session is a chance to get things off your chest,  obtain support, evaluate your needs and for us to decide whether we should continue to work together.    Following on from this we can agree further sessions as appropriate.

Sessions last for 50 minutes and are offered on a remote basis via Zoom whilst social distancing restrictions are in place due to Covid 19 factors.  As this is a fast changing and unpredictable scenario please feel free to enquire for the most up to date information on this.

Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B73

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS checked

One step access into ground floor level consulting room. On site parking available in quiet and private residential road Online sessions via Zoom

Additional languages

French
April Lowe, M.A. Counselling, BACP (Accredited)

April Lowe, M.A. Counselling, BACP (Accredited)