Belinda Hook

Belinda Hook

Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH2

Innerleithen
Peeblesshire, Scottish Borders
EH44

01892 831165 / 07951 066888

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About me

Counselling

I am a qualified and registered counsellor with the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).

I work as a humanistic, Person-Centred 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.

About me

I formerly worked as a carer with the elderly and then with technically dependent children 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.

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 currently working towards accreditation. I am also 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.

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 affect 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 process of decluttering and reorganising space, and even help with redecorating if it is required.

Training, qualifications & experience

- 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
2014
- 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.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

PFOA Approved Counsellor

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Fees

Counselling

First introductory session is free if in Innerleithen.

Sessions are £40 per hour.

A concessionary rate of £25 per hour is available for those who are struggling financially

£45 per hour in Edinburgh (Am unable to offer free intro session here)

Therapy for Mind and Mansion

Full consultation  - £100

Additional services - £40 per hour/ £25 per hour concessions.

Further information

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?

Or:

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 a Counsellor registered with the BACP, since 2013. My work integrates modalities from a person-centred 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.

About Clutter:

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.

My Service:

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.

Fees:

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 £40 or £25 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.

Contact:

Email

By phone: 07950 1066888

Website: belindahook.co.uk

Facebook: BCWW Counselling Scottish Borders

Maps & Directions

Edinburgh, EH2
Innerleithen, EH44

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

I am willing to visit clients with mobility issues in their homes within a reasonable distance.

Availability

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30-6.00 Evenings or weekends considered also. I also have limited places in Edinburgh on Wednesdays.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults