Brenda Mackie (MBACP) Therapist
Are you struggling with anxiety, mood swings, deep sadness or anger outbursts? Is it difficult to talk about or express how you feel? Are you working hard to maintain a positive attitude while negative thought processes are tearing you down? Perhaps you want to try to make sense of why these feelings are affecting your everyday living, your work and your relationships?
Counselling will help you to explore difficult feelings and also support you as you start to gain greater insight into emotions and thinking patterns which may have become exhausting and confusing. Having a safe space where you will be listened to without feeling judged is essential. My aim is for you to feel heard in an environment of respect, genuineness and acceptance. This involves working with you as a whole person, mind, body and spirit, helping you to arrive at a place of growth and greater awareness.
I have specialist knowledge of working with individuals who have experienced problems with addictions, primarily drugs and alcohol. Having over 15 years experience of assisting people on their journey of recovery from addiction I fully understand the process of a Twelve Step Programme. I have supported Individuals with a variety of difficulties including abuse, relationship problems and trauma.
I also worked as a child counsellor in both primary and secondary levels where I supported and assisted young children and teenagers to make sense of their world. I offer play therapy to very young children and supply a range of play and art materials to support this therapy. I have also supported young people within a pupil referral unit who have been excluded from mainstream education, are offending or at risk of offending.
Training, qualifications & experience
EDEXCEL Level 5 BTEC Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Clinical Supervision Skills Modules 1, 2 & 3
Person Centred Approaches to Counselling
Counselling Skills Development & Practise
Comparative Theories & Approaches
Counselling for Loss & Grief
Counselling Clients who have Experienced Abuse
Child Protection & Safeguarding
Couples & Relationship Counselling
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
& listed on the BACP accredited voluntary register.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Before agreeing to commence counselling or therapy I will always arrange an Initial preliminary meeting with you which last approximately 50 minutes and will be pre-booked.
- Individuals £45
- Couples £65
- Counsellors in training £40
- Children Play therapy £45
Abuse, Addiction, Anxiety, Bereavement, Careers, Cultural Issues, Depression, Employment Difficulties, Family, Gender, Identity Problems, Mental Health, Older People, Post-Traumatic Stress, Relationships, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality, Stress, Supervision, Transgender, Trauma, University Interests, Workplace Counselling.