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Donna West MBACP (Accred) Counsellor/Psychotherapist/Clinical supervisor

St. Neots PE19 & Bedford MK40
07593 503 477 07593 503 477

About me

Welcome to my profile page.

Having undergone therapy myself I appreciate the importance of finding a counsellor whom is able to facilitate a safe, warm and confidential environment to support the exploration of your story.

I have worked with an array of clients whom have accessed counselling for varying reasons that they feel are inhibiting them from living an authentic life. My role within the therapeutic relationship is to work alongside an individual to facilitate self-exploration and consider alternative routes that may lay before them.

I offer individual, group, relationship and family counselling. Please follow the link to my website for further information about these services in more detail.

I have extensive knowledge of addiction in all of its forms and have worked with both those in the depths of their addiction as well as those whom are in recovery and have also supported friends and family members too. I have a working knowledge of both NA and AA 12 step traditions as well as CBT, DBT and SMART which are broadly used in the recovery field.

Factors such as underlying mental health conditions, pain management for physical conditions and coping with emotional difficulties are contributing factors for substance misuse to commence, whether that be prescription or illicit. Often gaining an insight into the root course of addictive behaviour facilitates an individual to regain a sense of control.

Quite often a mental illness will become apparent whilst entering recovery with those whom have self regulated using substances from a young age. Experiencing anxiety, depression,OCD and PTSD symptoms are common and areas of which I am experienced in.

I am an Integratively trained counsellor which means i draw upon relevant theory and techniques to tailor to each individual. I believe that everyone is unique and support individuals to understand how they fit in the world around them and explore ways of doing so in away that suits them.

I am accredited by the BACP ( british association of counselling and psychotherapy)  which I adhere to to ensure I'm working safely and ethically.

I offer sessions both within a room within Bedford and St Neots town centre or the option to walk and talk ( weather permitting).

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications and training

ACTO Certificate in online and telephone counselling

Cpcab level 6 certificate in therapeutic supervision

CPCAB level 5 diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling

CPCAB level 4 in therapeutic counselling

BACP Accreditation

CPCAB standardisation training certificate 2018

Education and training level 3 (city and guilds)

Level 3 certificate substance misuse for practitioners

Safeguarding level 3

Experience

Working within a mental health unit specialising in forensic and hard to place individuals with an array of mental health conditions and maladaptive coping strategies.

Supervising staff within organisations such as MIND, Colleges and Universities

Currently lecturing within a counselling CPCAB Centre and Colleges within Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire.

Providing CPD relating to experience of substance misuse, dual diagnosis (mental illness and substance misuse) and attachment.

Counselling within an NHS substance misuse agency including both pre and post residential rehabilitation. Those subject to care orders and probation conditions. As well as those whom have experienced sexual abuse, PTSD, domestic violence, co- dependency and bereavement and loss.

Facilitating relapse prevention groups using CBT and 12 step approaches.

Facilitating support groups for families and friends of substance misusers.

Counselling at a Rape crises centre working with survivors of child sexual abuse, rape, incest and female genital mutilation.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Dual diagnosis ( substance misuse and mental illness)

Attachment disorders

Sexual abuse

Students currently studying a counselling qualification.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Jungian therapy
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Photos & videos

Fees

Concessions apply please enquire

Free telephone consultation

Discounts for block booking

Individuals: 45.00

Adolescents 13-18:  30.00

Couples:  60.00

Families: 60.00

Additional rate for home visits please enquire

Discounts for Student counsellors 30.00 for counselling sessions which includes completing paperwork relevent for their course. I am a CPCAB tutor and have also undertook their courses my self therefore I have a good understanding of some of the challenges Counselling students may have.

Further information

Client permitting self-exploration using creative materials such as clay, paint, sand tray and music can be integrated into the sessions.

Guided meditation and mindfulness can also be facilitated.

Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK40

Priory Lane
St. Neots
Cambridgeshire
PE19

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

Available Monday - Friday 10 am - 9pm Saturday 10 am - 2pm

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

I'm a integratively trained Clinical Supervisor which means i have working knowledge of numerous theories and techniques that will support your own therapeutic relationship within your client work.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Donna West MBACP (Accred) Counsellor/Psychotherapist/Clinical supervisor

Donna West MBACP (Accred) Counsellor/Psychotherapist/Clinical supervisor