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 psychotherapeutic counsellor with a wealth of life and work experience. I have worked in a variety of mental health settings including psychiatric social services, MIND and as a counsellor and a CBT therapist in the NHS. I trained as a teacher and I also worked for many years as a manager in the civil service. I have a private counselling practice and I also work as an associate therapist for a charity and 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 counselling and longer term or open ended in depth psychotherapy.
I have a particular interest in how early experiences can affect 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 it is clearer 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.
I believe that we all have the potential to change and grow no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in. 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, as a unique human being. I work from a relational-developmental perspective. In our sessions we may focus on ‘relationship’. Your relationship with yourself, with me and with the many aspects of your world. 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.
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.
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) Masters level.
-Certificate in Supervision (2009) University of Birmingham.
-Level 4 Diploma in Humanistic Counselling theory and practice (2008)
-Certficate in Person Centred Counselling Skills (2005)
-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 people experiencing 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:
Working relationally with body process
Working at relational depth
Working with trauma and dissociation
Shame and early relational trauma
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Grief and loss.
My fees are:
Individual Adult - £45 for a 50 minute session.
EAPs- Please enquire.
Personal interests include:
Art, gardening, music, walking, literature, mindfulness and meditation, philosophy and spirituality, science and non duality.