Hello, my name is Inez and I am an Accredited and Registered BACP Counsellor and Psychotherapist with many years’ experience of working with adults, children and young people for a wide range of issues.
Whatever your issue, my aim is to build a trusting and empathic relationship with you, one where you will not be judged or told what to do, so that we can discuss and explore your problems safely and in confidence.
How I work:
My approach is ‘client centred’ which means that counselling will be tailored to your specific needs so that we use a style and type of counselling which suits you and your particular issue and at a pace which feels right for you.
My ultimate aim is for you to gain a better understanding of yourself so that you can feel empowered to make choices about how you think and what you do, in order for you to find your way through your issues and to begin to enjoy your life once again.
I am experienced in using a range of therapies and, depending on your needs, preferences and particular issues, will use whichever I feel would work best for you; this will always be explained to you.
Types of problems:
My range of experience includes:
- Abuse and abusive relationships
- Anxiety of all kinds including general anxiety, OCD and phobias
- Bereavement and loss
- Depression, low mood and sadness
- Family and relationship problems
- Intrusive or troublesome thoughts
- Issues from childhood or other difficult life experiences from the past
- PTSD, traumatic experiences, flashbacks (treatment includes Rewind Therapy)
- Self esteem and confidence
- Self defeating behaviour
- Self harm
- Work related issues
Please do ask me if your problem isn’t listed here as often one problem can be as a result of another, for example, sleep problems as a result of stress.
How many sessions?
This is hard to say as some issues may need more sessions than others. For example, you may only need a few sessions to gain a fresh perspective on something which is troubling you, but deep seated issues may need more sessions. This can be discussed at our first meeting and we can tailor the work to suit your availability and budget. I always review our work together after 3 or 4 sessions to check whether you feel it is working for you and you have the option to stop at any time.
Counselling is only for serious problems isn’t it?
Many people believe that counselling is only appropriate in extreme situations. My belief is that it can be of benefit for many different issues that we may be experiencing in our life at any one time. It can help us gain more awareness and insight so we can understand why we think and behave in certain ways. Armed with this insight and self-knowledge, we can then feel empowered to make changes for the better.
Still not sure if counselling is right for you?
I understand from my own experience that the decision to have counselling can sometimes be a hard one to make. For this reason I offer a half-hour appointment free of charge, with no obligation so that you can meet me to ask any questions you may have and to find out if counselling is something you feel would help. This can usually be arranged within a week or two and the decision to come back will be entirely yours.
I will always be honest with you and tell you if I think something or someone else might be better suited to your particular problem.
If you have any questions I would be happy to answer them either by phone or email, or you can visit my website www.clear-mind.co.uk (see the link at the top of the page) which may give you the information you need.
I will answer any enquiries within 24 hours.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 15 years experience of working as a counsellor in a variety of settings including private practice, schools, for both staff and pupils, charities, including children's charities, and Victim Support counselling victims of crime.
I also supervise other counsellors in their work and deliver training on a variety of topics.
My qualifications are as follows:
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) Accreditation
Higher Diploma in Counselling (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
Advanced Diploma in Counselling (Humanistic)
Advanced Certificate in Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate of Proficiency - BACP
- Understanding Stress & Anxiety
- Effective Brief Psychotherapy
- How to Lift Self-Esteem
- Managing Anxiety without the use of drugs
- Anger Management
- Understanding Eating Disorders
- Supporting Victims of Rape & Sexual Abuse
- Bereavement Counselling
- Rewind Therapy (for treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Self-Harm - - Sleep Disorders and Insomnia (assessment and treatment)
- Child Protection/Safeguarding
- Health & Well-being in Education
- Counselling the Young
- Listening & Speaking with Children & Young People
- Depression in Teens
- Anxiety and Depression in Young People
- Exam Stress
- Support Work in Schools
- Legal Issues Relating to Therapeutic Work with Children & Young People
I am an Accredited and Registered Member of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and also BACP Children and Young People.
I hold an enhanced and up-to-date Disclosure and Barring Service/DBS certificate (previously known as Criminal Records Bureau/CRB) and I am fully insured.
I am committed to ongoing professional development and regularly attend conferences and workshops to keep myself updated on current research, new ideas and ways of working, and mental health issues in general.
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
£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
- Initial half hour 'no obligation' session is free of charge
- £45.00 per hour session (pay as you go)
- Shorter sessions available for younger children at a cost of £35
Monday - 8.30am - 7.30pm; Tuesday - 8.30am- 6.00pm; Wednesday - closed; Thursday - closed; Friday - 8.30 - 1.00pm
My therapy room is on the first floor and may not be suitable for clients with mobility problems. Please let me know if this would be a problem for you in which case I can suggest alternative options.