Diane Boswell MBACP Registered/ Dip. Couns./PG Dip. CBT
Are you looking for a supportive, caring therapist who is committed to your well being?
We all need help at times and therapy offers you an opportunity to explore your current or past experiences in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.
I am an experienced and skilled therapist with a wealth of life and work experience. I have worked in a variety of mental health settings including social services, MIND and as a counsellor and a CBT therapist in the NHS. I also worked for many years as a manager in the civil service. As well as my private counselling practice, I have recently been involved in a creative project with people living with dementia. I also work as an associate therapist for a charity and I take referrals from employment assistance providers.
I have worked with a wide range of adults with many different issues and experiences and I am able to offer both short term solution focused counselling and longer term or open ended in depth therapy.
I have a particular interest in how our early experiences can affect our current life, health and relationships. Sometimes we don’t understand what’s causing us to have repeated experiences of depression, anxiety or low self esteem, feeling empty, scared or confused or having difficulties forming or maintaining relationships. These can all have a serious impact on our ability to lead a satisfying and fulfilling life and we may need help to make sense of this
Sometimes we do know what is causing our distress (such as a bereavement, relationship breakdown, an illness or accident) but we struggle to come to terms with it and need more support.
My experience has shown me the value of a therapeutic relationship and the potential it has for healing and transformation. As an Integrative therapist I value you as a whole person- your thoughts, emotions, behaviours, body, dreams, relationships, creativity, spirituality....you as a unique human being.
I work from a relational-developmental perspective which means that in our sessions I may often focus on ‘relationship’. Your relationship with yourself, with me and with the many aspects of your world. Also on how you have developed and are developing as a person. Often when we feel stuck (unable to make decisions, stick to decisions, engage in unhelpful patterns of behaviour etc) we may feel that parts of ourself are out of balance or fragmented. Integration is about finding balance and I believe that we all have the potential to change and grow no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their ethical guidelines. I am committed to my continuing personal and professional development. I am fully insured and have a current enhanced DBS certificate.
I offer Supervision for Humanistic/Integrative practitioners. Please see my Supervisor profile.
Please do contact me if you would like to arrange an initial appointment or if you need any further information. I am located on the border of Rowley Regis and Blackheath, a few minutes walk from Rowley Regis train station.
If I am not available to take your call, please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Alternatively, you can email me and I will respond by email or phone, whatever is best for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
-Post Graduate Diploma in CBT (2010)
-Level 4 Diploma in Humanistic Counselling theory and practice (2008)
-Certficate in Person Centred Counselling Skills (2005)
-Certificate in Supervision (2009)
-Bachelor of Education degree (1978)
For over 40 years I have read and continue to explore books and articles about psychology, psychotherapy, mental health and a wide range of other related topics and I have an extensive library of resources.
As a CBT therapist in the NHS I worked mostly with depression, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, ocd, phobias, health anxiety, PTSD and social anxiety.
As a counsellor in the NHS I saw people who were struggling with a wide range of difficulties including bereavement and losses of various kinds, relationship issues, low self confidence and physical health problems.
In my private practice I also see clients who are dealing with the impacts of developmental trauma, neglect or abuse.
My professional development has included mindfulness training, working relationally with body process, dementia awareness, working creatively and working at relational depth.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Grief and loss.
My fees are:
Individual Adult - £40 for a 50 minute session.
Couples- £50 for a 60 minute session
Personal interests include:
Art, gardening, music, walking, literature, mindfulness and meditation, philosophy and spirituality, science and non duality.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer daytime, early evening and weekend appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer Humanistic/Integrative supervision.View supervision profile