Struggles with distress, rumination, self-criticism, destructive and repetitive behaviours you don’t want, relationship difficulties and loss are experiences that I believe will impact all of us over the course of our lives. Finding it hard to have clarity, understanding and compassion for yourself can also make it hard to reach out to others. It can also sometimes be difficult for those closest to us to respond in a helpful way.
I can offer connection and understanding. I can offer a place where we can make sense of both the past and your experiences right now. A place where we can see your strengths clearly. A place to work out what is holding you back from living a life with meaning, purpose and healthy connection.
Especially if you've not had counselling before, it may feel like a daunting task to make initial contact. While appreciating that this may be difficult I encourage you to take the leap. Please feel free to contact me, to talk through what is troubling you and how I may be of help to yourself.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Barbette Rothschild Somatic Trauma Training – informed and safe working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (2017)
- BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling (2014)
- FD in Integrative Counselling (2013)
- NVQ 4 in Health and Social Care for Adults - Senior Substance Misuse Practitioner (2008)
- Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis (2007)
- Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis (2006)
- Drug Misuse Practitioner Training – 6 months full time (2005)
I’m originally from New Zealand. Since coming to the UK in 2000 I have undertaken one to one work with people in several different roles and environments. The variety of my roles has given me experience of working with people in great practical crisis right across to working solely with difficult emotion or finding meaning in life.
These roles and environments have included working in the homelessness field in emergency shelters and also in longer term supported accommodation for rough sleepers in London and with young homeless people in the West Midlands.
I worked in the drug and alcohol misuse field for six years within Primary Care for both the third sector as a Senior Substance Misuse Practitioner and directly for an NHS Mental Health Trust at Band 6. I have also worked as a group process therapist within privately run addictions residential rehabilitation.
Over the last seven years I have been a counsellor within education, in FE and predominately at a Birmingham University. My counselling practice is now solely offered privately. However, I still work within Higher Education contracted as a Specialist Mental Health Mentor.
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
Birmingham based. Nationwide via Zoom.
Tues to Fri 8:30am to 5pm
Saturday 8am to 12pm (only if Mon-Fri impossible)
I'm not available for calls and emails on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.