My name is Bernadette often known as Bernie. I am a qualified counsellor with 17 years experience.
I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I practice in Birmingham City Centre and Wolverhampton. Both practises have disabled access.
I offer short term therapy and in some cases longer time. The problem the client brings will determine the length of time we work together.
I will offer the client a safe place to explore their problems. Counselling can help the client understand their difficulties and find their own way of dealing with them.
I believe the working relationship is very important, the thought of counselling can be very daunting for many people. I aim to make my client feel as safe and comfortable and will always give the client a chance to address any concerns in the first session.
Please visit my website for further information.
Training, qualifications & experience
1994 BTEC Continuing Education Certificate in Counselling
1995 BTEC Continuing Education Diploma in Counselling
Feb 2010 Motivational Interviewing
June 2010 Drug and Alcohol Awareness
Jan 2011 Dealing with violence
July 2011 Working with offending behaviour
Sept 2011 Safeguarding and effective Child Protection Practice
Jan 2012 Mental Health Training (3 days)
After qualifying I worked as a school counsellor for two years
1999 -2008 I was joint director and counselling co-ordinator for Wolverhampton Counselling Services , a Company I managed with 4 other colleagues.
Work was very varied : work related stress counselling for employees working for employers in Wolverhampton. EAP (employee assistant programmes) Self referred clients. GP referrals. Counselling students who required personal therapy as part of their training.
2010 -2012. I worked as a counsellor for Aquarius working with people with alcohol and drug addictions. I was also responsible for running groups and delivering alcohol education programmes.
I work as a part time sessional counsellor with an HIV support group. The group provides counselling to young people and adults whose lives have been affected with HIV. I have been there 9 years.
I work in my counselling practice in Birmingham on Mondays and Wolverhampton on Fridays.
I have been trained in different models of counselling. My background is person-centred, but I work in a more solution-focused way. I believe every client is unique and have used tools from different models of counselling depending on the needs of the client. I also have experience with the CBT model.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
£40 per session
£45 per session for couples
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Free parking at my Wolverhampton practice. Pay and display at my Birmingham practice.
Practice from Wolverhampton on Fridays between 10 and 5.30 I practice from Birmingham on Mondays between 10.00 am and 6.30 pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|