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My name is Kay Baker (MBACP) I am a person centred counsellor and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Person Centred Counselling is based on a fundamental belief in human kind, in the freedom and choice of lifestyle, meaning of life and the relevance of the individual’s experience. Clients can find their own solutions with the help of the therapists, rather than the therapist imposing their own views in the sessions.
As a person-centred counsellor, I am of the view that clients have the internal resources to make the changes they want in their life. My goal is to provide the right therapeutic environment to allow those changes to take place.
I use the rooms at the Oak Tree Counselling Service, a service for the local community, providing counselling in the areas of grief, loss, trauma, abuse etc.
I offer one to one counselling to individuals. I do my best to create a friendly and empathic environment in order to support clients with the difficulties that they are going through.
My initial counselling session is to ascertain what the issue is and together we will decide how to proceed.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am originally from Trinidad in the Caribbean and my favourite food is Trinidad traditional peas and rice which is made up of gungo peas and rice cooked with pieces of chicken that has been browned and stewed to perfection.
I enjoy taking pictures of natural fauna and flora and wildlife. At the moment I am only using my phone but hope to acquire a camera with better lens in the future. After studying in London for a bit, I got married in 1991 and after a few years adopted two lovely boys.
In order to have the same holidays as my children, I acquired teaching assistant and mentoring qualifications from Bournville College of Further Education, Selly Oak in 2007, which allowed me to work in primary and secondary schools. I also worked for four years as a Transition Support worker/mentor for the West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre.
As I accompanied my husband in helping couples and individuals pastorally in the church, I realise that I enjoyed helping others emotionally and practically also. Encouraged by him, I studied the Level 5 Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Bournville College Birmingham and in 2010 got it. Although my core approach is person centred, over the last 12 years I practise more in an integrative way. I counsel adults to help them with depression, anxiety, loss, bereavement etc…. I later went on to obtain accreditation as a member of the BACP and hope to go on to do supervision training in the future.
During training, from 2009 to 2010 I worked as a counsellor in a doctors’ surgery providing brief counselling to all patients/clients that may be referred by the doctors. After that and up to the present I work voluntarily for the Oak Tree Counselling Service, a service for the local community, providing counselling in the areas of grief, loss, abuse, depression etc... I also have a private practice where I can have clients online or face to face.
During the pandemic, I also worked with Sandwell Council Health and Well-Being as a counsellor from May 2020 to July 2020. Providing counselling to members of the public who have been referred by their GP. I was able to use the PHQ and Gad forms to help in the assessment of the client’s mental state.
As my core approach is person-centred, I truly believe from experience that my clients have the answer and I am in the honoured position of facilitating and supporting them during their search for what they are seeking. I may use exercises like the empty chair or work with stones to support my clients as we work together in their therapeutic journey.
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 is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Cost for initial session is £25.00
Subsequent sessions £45.00 all sessions are 50 to 60 minutes duration.
When I work
I am available Monday and Tuesday afternoons and evenings face to face and online. I can negotiate with clients and see what is the best time for both clients and myself.
Do you need someone to talk to?
Are issues from the past or at work affecting your life in a negative way?
Do you feel alone in your troubles?
Have you suffered loss, trauma or bereavement?
I aim to provide a supportive, non-judgemental, genuine service to help.