Belinda Hook MBACP (Accred)
I am a qualified and registered, accredited counsellor with the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I have been in practice since 2013, qualified in 2015, and accredited in 2020.
I work as a humanistic, Psychodynamic counsellor, with integrated approaches such as Gestalt therapy, Psychosynthesis, Mindfulness, and Focusing, which can all be very helpful in bringing awareness to the depths of oneself and situations.
I offer an accepting, non-judgmental, safe space to hear you and help you to find in yourself what it is you are looking for. That may be peace in coming to terms with painful emotions or situations, or it may be finding better ways of being or learning to accept things just as they are.
There may be a specific problem, or there may not be, and both are fine.
I formerly worked as a carer with the elderly and then with technically dependent children in clinical care, with the NHS. After I’d had my children I decided I needed to work in a more empowering way, while still helping others.
I began studying counselling with The Open University and then moved to study at the Iron Mill Academy in Exeter where I qualified as an Integrative counsellor in 2015. I have completed numerous courses since qualifying, including a course in working online, and gained my accredited status in 2020.
During my time as a counsellor I have worked with a diverse range of clients from many different backgrounds and with a wide variety of issues. I have worked in a number of settings which has provided me with training in different ways of working while strengthening my core skills in counselling. I am committed to continue my professional development and training on an ongoing basis to ensure that I am always working in accordance with the BACP ethical framework.
When I’m not at work I enjoy long walks with my family, going on adventures, drawing and painting, and writing.
I am currently working online and via telephone to support my clients. I am happy to see new clients in this capacity also.
Therapy for Mind and Mansion
My second venture has been an organic journey birthed from finding myself getting stuck into a huge and ongoing task of ridding our home of everything that is not loved or functional, and decorating to create a space that provides what we all need when we return from our busy days. As I focused on the space around me, and through work with clients, my awareness of the impact of our living space on our mental health has developed, and with it the creation of this venture. This is not about tidying up and magically everything is better, on the contrary somebody with obsessive tendencies may live in a very orderly and tidy space but still be unable to relax in it. It is about exploring our relationship with our environment to see that our psyche is projected onto the canvas which is our home, and vice versa; the effect of the environment on our psyche. This can be enlightening to problematic areas of living which may be outwith awareness, and the work undertaken is twofold, addressing the internal psychological/emotional dynamics, and the home space.
A full consultation consists of a visit to your home to discuss the areas you would like to address, how your life is now and how you would like it to be. It will include taking a little history, and a room by room exploration of what works for you, and what doesn't. This takes around two hours. I will then re-visit with my completed report at a mutually convenient time, and spend a further hour discussing the content of the report and recommendations.
I can offer further assistance with the processes discussed, if needed.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Accreditation 2020
Delivering therapy online 2020
- Abertay University
- A wide range of certificated CPD courses dating from 2017 to date
Advanced Diploma Integrative Counselling 2015
- Iron Mill Academy, Exeter
Induction in the Delivery of therapeutically-Focused Workshops
- South Devon Carers Consortium
Certificate in Counselling 2011
- Iron Mill Academy, Exeter
Exploring Fear and Sadness 2010
- Open University
Introduction to Counselling 2009
- Open University
I began my counselling study in 2009 with the Open University. In 2011 I began studying at the Iron Mill Institute in Exeter, where I qualified as an Integrative counsellor in 2015.
Since then I have worked with a wide diversity of clients with many different presenting issues, from carers to substance users, and people with severe mental illness.
My professional development has covered a wide range of subjects and topics related to various modalities in psychotherapy, and the differing ways they view problems in living. I keep my learning current and up to date, and practice in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework, and relevant organisational policies.
My experience of working with different client groups and presenting issues has simply reinforced that each of us is individual and unique, no two people share identical experience or process them in the same way. It is therefore not the 'issue' we are working with, but a person with a unique narrative and way of viewing the world.
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
PFOA Approved Counsellor
First introductory session is free if in Innerleithen.
Sessions are £50 per hour.
A concessionary rate of £30 per hour is available for those who are struggling financially
Online fees are as above.
Therapy for Mind and Mansion
Full consultation - £100
Additional services - £50 per hour/ £30 per hour concessions - price negotiable if more time is required.
Concessions offered for
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30-6.00 Evenings considered also. I also have limited places in Edinburgh on Wednesdays. Currently all of my work is online.
What is counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy. It is a process where you can feel safe talking to someone who listens to your point of view, who accepts who you are, who doesn't tell you what to do and who will not discriminate against you.
It can help you understand difficult emotions
Make sense of your circumstances
Work out your own options
Move on better equipped to cope with the future
People come to counselling with many different experiences.
You may feel angry, scared, sad, depressed, anxious, stressed or lonely.
You may be grieving, have a lack of confidence, a difficult decision to make, difficulty sleeping, concerns about sex or experience of abuse.
Your problems may be with relationships, family, work or school.
You can talk about and work with your individual needs.
There is safety in exploring your own experience in a confidential environment. I liken it to being on a journey. You may find you need to stop and look at the map for some reason. Perhaps you are lost, or don’t like the road you have been on. Maybe you wonder what other roads are out there. It might be that the ride has been very bumpy or traumatic even. Counselling offers you a chance to stop, look at the map and have time to yourself to help with the next step.
If we do not change the direction we are going, we are likely to end up where we are headed. ― Lao Tzu
In this time I don’t tell you where to go nor do I judge your progress. It can be very helpful having someone looking at the map with you. If I point to what I see on the map, this may enhance your view. ― Juliana Hopkins
Therapy for Mind and Mansion
Is your home the place where you can unwind and let the day’s events drift away? Does it represent peace and clarity of mind, a place of serenity that you can gently rest in after a hard day’s work?
Is it a place of constant reminders of what you still need to do, a jumbled mess of unfinished jobs that only adds to life’s inevitable stresses?
If you find yourself nodding to the second scenario and you would like to see a positive change in your life then I can help.
What I do:
I offer a unique step by step service to guide you through the process of de-cluttering your home and transforming it into a space to connect with relaxation and joy. I understand that this can be an overwhelming prospect to consider for many reasons, which is why my service combines counselling to fully support and facilitate the process of letting go of the old and embracing the new. My service will be completely tailored to meet your needs and is fully confidential, non judgemental, and as basic or comprehensive as suits both your requirements and budget.
What I am not:
I am not a house clearance service, nor am I interested in your antiques or in purchasing any of your belongings!
Who I am:
I am an accredited Counsellor, registered with the BACP, since 2013. My work integrates modalities from a psychodynamic core, to suit each unique individual.
I began life in South East London where I worked caring first for the elderly, and then babies and children with the NHS, and then I moved to Cornwall to raise my own children. In Cornwall I qualified to be a counsellor and after 11 years there I relocated to the Scottish Borders.
How my service came to be:
During my work as a counsellor I have increasingly noticed the connection between self and environment as a reflection of the relationship with the self. For example when we feel out of control of our lives, it tends to be projected into our living space in the form of chaotic clutter. I combine working with my clients to first ‘read’ their living space in order to identify problematic areas, and then remedy the external space. Addressing environment alongside self is a holisitic therapeutic approach which can be a powerful tool leading to well being and a sense of peace. I take a creative approach to my work with clients and decided to extend it to offer a unique service which addresses the space in which they live.
Clutter falls in to several categories:
1. General mess that simply needs tidying.
2. Items that have served us well before but no longer do.
3. Items that either seemed like a good idea at the time (we’ve all been there!), or unwanted gifts.
4. Projects that we’ll get around to when we have time!
5. Items that have been left to us – inheritance or legacy?
Take a moment to imagine your home as if it were your mind; how many things occupy it? Can you account for each of them? Can you remember each of them? The stresses of life such as jobs, children, family and projects or hobbies can sometimes feel like a weight on our minds, with so many responsibilities and things to remember. Now add to that each possession, each unfinished task in your home, and of course your home itself. Each possession, our homes, vehicles, and ourselves require constant maintenance, time and energy, so it is no wonder that we often feel exhausted, overburdened, anxious or depressed under the sheer weight of it all! Each job still to do and each item owned add to the background ‘white noise’ that many of us experience on a daily basis, and this stops us from ever being able to truly relax and recharge our batteries, even when we are home the stress does not leave us and this can result in exhaustion and illness.
Why do we do this to ourselves?
We hang on to many of our belongings because we feel guilty about letting them go, either because they were given to us by someone close or because we spent money on them but have never used them. Either way they become the ‘baggage’ of guilt that weighs heavily in our space and minds. Often we do not have time to tidy and clean with so much going on, but simply put, if there were less to tidy and clean we would have more time! My service includes emotional support around the ‘meaning behind our mess’, and gently takes you through a step by step process to establish what you actually want and need around you while letting go of the excess baggage.
Often we find the unfinished projects that gather dust waiting for that rainy day would actually consume the entire free time left in our lives! So we might ask ‘Is this what I want to spend the rest of my free time doing?’ A simple but thought provoking question that enables us to really connect with the value or lack thereof of a particular project. Perhaps someone else would find great joy in completing that project, where to you it has felt like nothing but a burden for so long.
The ‘general mess’ type of clutter is fairly easy to remedy and may involve organising appropriate spaces for things to belong, which may also involve looking at what is already residing in this space.
My service aims to make this process as positive and fun (yes fun!) as possible, holding your hand through the tough parts, and enjoying you celebrate as your life burden lifts.
Initial full consultation, within which your needs will be discussed and a detailed plan drawn up and provided (which can be enough if you are happy to proceed alone)
Guidance and assistance with de-cluttering. This will include emotional support and counselling through the process of deciding what no longer serves you well.
Planning and organising your space, taking into account your lifestyle and needs.
Help with reorganising and designing/decorating your interior.
Initial consultation which involves two hours of conversation and includes counselling and a detailed plan of action with a further hour of discussion, which I will provide after it is completed-£100
The following phases of my service are charged at an hourly rate of £50 or £30 for concessions. (due to house sizes, room numbers, and client requirements)
I am very flexible with my service and am more than happy to provide the initial consultation leaving my client free to contact me should should they require further assistance.
By phone: 07950 1066888
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