Billie-Jane Brown (MBACP) - Therapeutic Counsellor
I am a compassionate and down to earth person with a welcoming nature. My intention as a counsellor is to offer you my support and create a comfortable confidential space where you have a chance to be heard and feel understood. I hope together we can build a relationship based on trust so you feel safe enough to freely explore and express your experiences, thoughts and feelings without being judged. My aim is to work alongside you, while together we identify what you hope to gain from therapy, your personal needs or goals and raise self -awareness surrounding the issues that you may be facing in your life.
I am a person-centered Counsellor - which means that I hold an inner belief that each individual has resources within that when discovered and tapped into can enable a person to live a more fulfilling and satisfying life. Each person is unique and therapy is different for every person and my goal is to discover what is suitable for you and tailor to your needs.
I believe that experiencing challenges and difficulties in our lives is all part of being human and it is completely natural to feel that we may need some extra support.If you feel that counseling could be beneficial for you then give me a call on the number above or contact me via e-mail to enquire or make an appointment.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy and I adhere to the ethical framework that they provide. I am committed to working safely with clients and have regular clinical supervision to promote ethical practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
My working background and current role has been in the area of independent care and community work for over 15 years. I have supported clients and family members who are experiencing disabilities or mental health difficulties. My goal is to offer services that enable people to manage their lives independently at home and stay active in the community. Being a carer and working alongside clients, other carers and their families helped me recognize that I wanted a career in counseling. Supporting others feels natural to me and I became aware how much I value and respect the emotional well being of others.
Wanting to further my career I began training in 2013 completing counselling skills and theory courses. I attended Southend University in 2015-2017 and graduated with a level 4 diploma in Therapeutic Counselling in October 2017.
I believe strongly in continuing professional development and have completed mini courses and workshops on Awareness in Mental Health, Bereavement, Domestic violence, CBT, Motivational Interviewing and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Children.
During my training I worked with a range of client groups , beginning my work as a counsellor with YPDAT (Young Person’s Drug and Alcohol team) based in Southend from 2016-2017. I gained valuable experience as a Counsellor as part of a multi-disciplinary team working alongside other professionals, including key workers, social services, youth offending and domestic violence services. .In 2018 I began working as a volunteer counsellor at Seevic College working with adolescence experiencing exam stress and related issues .Also, 2018 I worked at Brentwood Mind with a mixture of client groups experiencing a variety of issues until unfortunately they closed their doors during 2019. I was given a great opportunity in 2019 to join a team of highly experienced counsellors and supervisors at Heart and Mind where I work from home in a relaxed setting as an independent counsellor
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
Due to the Unprecedented times we are facing as a result of the Covid 19 situation all sessions will be offered via telephone or video chat .
Thanks for your patience and understanding wishing everyone good health and mental wellbeing .
£45 for the first initial consultation and £35 per session after.
I offer a sliding scale depending on individual circumstances.
Concessions offered for
I am compassionate about the counselling I offer to all people from various backgrounds and all age groups .
During my working experience ,I have found that I have developed a passion for Working with young adults and with carers.