Kerry Cockroft Bsc (Hons) Psychology, Counselling Diploma, MBACP
Hello I'm Kerry, I am a qualified counsellor for over four years and also have a degree in psychology which I have had for over four years. I am based in Brownhills and work with adults and young people. I can cover a range of issues including depression, anxiety, childhood issues, stress etc.
My primary approach is person centered, this means initially I am here to listen and support you through your counselling journey. My role is to help you to discover and explore the issues or dilemmas you are going through at this time. It is your time so therefore I encourage clients to use their time how they want to; my role here is to help you help yourself so you can continue your journey through your life.
I understand that counselling can be a daunting prospect and choosing the right counsellor can be a difficult decision to make. Therefore I am happy to have a chat on the phone or email so that you can discuss your wants and needs in a counsellor with no obligation so that you can make the right choice for you.
The first session will be an assessment which will be up to half an hour long, this is where I will collect your details and go through a contract that will be between yourself and I. When the terms of the contract are agreed between us it will be signed by both of us and a copy will be made available for you if requested if the client has already decided to work with me at this stage.
The rest of the time is then spent briefly discussing the issues that you are facing right now and working together to come up with a plan on how we will work to help you overcome these issues. We can also discuss the number of sessions that is required. I would possibly advise six sessions at first at a weekly or fortnightly basis depending on the clients needs and wishes; though this will not be set in stone as I believe the client themselves will know the number of sessions they need and whether they feel they need to continue with counselling or not. When the assesment is over I then encourage the client to take some time to decide first off if counselling is right for them and also whether I am the counsellor for them and the contract can then be signed in the next session if it has not already been signed in the assessment.
Sessions last for fifty minutes to an hour long. These are client led so its often best if you come to a session knowing or at least have an idea of what you want to work on; though often it can be found that the sessions can go down paths that have not been considered, but this is okay as often we have to learn why we are the way we are before progress and change can be made. I am here to be by your side supporting you as you explore these paths, offering possible strategies and challenging your thoughts to give you a different viewpoint of a situation that you may not have considered before. I am here to offer you a safe place with empathy and congruence so that you can allow yourself to explore your feelings and be open about how things that have happened in your life are currently affecting you. How deep you go though is down to you, I will encourage you but never force you to be open, you do this in your time when you are ready.
If strategies are discussed I will also let you have information sheets to take with you if required so that you can put these in place and work on yourself outside of counselling if you wish too. In the end my role is to support you, for change to happen the work must come from you, so I always say be prepared for a long and possibly hard journey for progress to occur, but if you are willing to put in the work then it will be well worth it.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in therapeutic counselling
- BA (Hons) degree in psychology
- Bereavement training
- Certificate in CBT therapy
- Couple counselling
- Solution based therapy
- Domestic violence awareness
- Understanding autism
My experience includes working two years in a volunteer setting with clients who have suffered a bereavement. I also worked as a volunteer in a setting that works with primarily women who have been in an abusive relationship, I was also a home start volunteer for two years; this all took place while I was training to be a counsellor.
Alongside my private practice I currently work for a counselling service in the Walsall area. I mainly work with young people in different settings but also work with adults covering a range of issues.I have been employed there for over four years.
As part of my development as a counsellor I attend various CPD courses and workshops to allow me to progress and improve my skills. If required I happy to share with you what I have attended.
I am a member of the bacp and work within their ethical guidelines which are stated on their website.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 for a fifty minute to an hour session working one to one. I offer 6 sessions for £200 up front.
I work most evenings and Saturday mornings. I am also available on Tuesday and Wednesday at 4:30.
I offer a free initial assessment with no obligation.