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About me

Hello my name is Bernadette and after 13 years of working as a counsellor within many organisations such as hospices, mental health organisations and specialist services, I can honestly say that nothing much can surprise or shock me anymore.  When I meet clients I aim to provide a safe space for clients to explore their situation and process their emotions.

Over the time I have worked with a wide variety of issues and have gained many years of experience of working with clients who were either anxious, suffering with panic attacks; feeling sad / low mood or depression issues and sometimes struggling with suicidal thoughts.

I have also counselled clients who have experienced domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse.  I have had years of experience supporting clients who finding their way to work through their grief after being bereaved under many different circumstances including sudden death, child loss, or spousal bereavement.  I have gained a great of experience of supporting clients and their families, who have received a terminal and / or a life limiting diagnosis.

Why should I choose Bernadette Counselling Service?

We all know that life can bring many challenges and generally we can manage them, however there are times when we can feel overwhelmed and would feel more comfortable talking to an independent and professional therapist.

I am a trained person-centred counsellor, which means that I put you at the heart of our sessions and explore your situation at your pace and in your own unique style.  I do practice as a pluralistic counsellor this means I am able to incorporate other modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy  techniques, Solution Focused therapy or even being able to work more creatively, whichever resonates with you.

What does it feel like receive to counselling?

Counselling can feel different for each person and individuals can sometimes feel tired after a session, which is quite natural.  However, I aim to provide a safe non-judgemental space - what I class as a professional virtual hug and reassurance and show a belief and confidence in your abilities often at a time when you maybe doubting yourself.

How can counselling help?

Counselling provides a safe space where you will not be judged and you can talk openly about your difficulties and be supported whilst encouraged to explore ways of not only understanding but managing the issues either past or present that are causing your current difficulties. 

What happens at the first session?

Our first session will give us the chance to not only discuss your situation further and talk about what you would like to get out of counselling, but also to explore how counselling sessions may help.  If you're happy to continue then we can set up a second session, these sessions can be mutually agreed to meet your availability.

How do I get started?

If you feel this is something for you and would like to discuss things further, you can contact me via email, WhatsApp,  by phone or text, so you can either ask me any further questions or to arrange our first session.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Accredited and Registered Member of BACP
  • BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling
  • Diploma in Counselling
  • UCPD Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Anxiety and Depression
  • BACP Registered Certificate of Proficiency

Continued Professional Development:-

  • Bereavement
  • Loss
  • Anticipatory Grief
  • Grief
  • Self-Harming Behaviours
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Relationship / Couple
  • Palliative Care
  • Anxiety
  • Depression / Low Mood
  • LGBTQ Awareness
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Masterclass Patient and Carer perspectives in Advanced Disease / End of Life
  • Spiritual Care
  • Dementia
  • Working with Anger
  • British Sign Language

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

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.

Fees

Additional information

My fees for face to face and telephone sessions are £40.00 per session and each session will last 50 minutes.

NB: Payments for telephone sessions to be paid in advance through bank transfers where possible.

Availability

Appointments to be mutually agreed

Further information

I am looking to start offering in-person sessions - I will keep you updated, however until further notice I will continue to offer telephone counselling sessions. 

Stockton-on-Tees
Durham
TS19

Type of session

In person
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Suitable arrangements can be made

Additional languages

Sign Language - new learner

K. Bernadette Mooney

K. Bernadette Mooney