Kim Balmer MBACP Clinical Supervisor & Counsellor for Adults and children
Hello my name is Kim.
I offer professional counselling to adults, young people and children in a comfortable, safe, confidential and supportive environment where you can be heard and understood without judgement. It is important to me that you feel at ease while exploring any issues that are troubling you.
We all need a little help at times and it is important that you find a therapist that you are relaxed and comfortable with. I understand how worrying seeking counselling can be – my aim is to reassure you and provide you with an opportunity for healthy change. I work with people who are struggling with anxiety,depression, bereavement, trauma, family and relationship issues and many other areas of counselling (listed below) which may be current or past unresolved problems.
I provide a trusting therapeutic relationship, giving opportunity to explore difficulties.
With insight in to your situation, thoughts, feelings and behaviours you are able to gain deeper understanding, clarity, acceptance and strategies for informed choices and change.
I work in private practice, Primary and Secondary Schools throughout Sefton, Liverpool and knowsley and undertake work for various voluntary organisation and colleges, offering short and long term counselling for adults, young people and children.
I work with trainee counselling students, who are on placement, as a mentor. I also facilitate student counsellors personal development.
I deliver the Youth Connect 5 week course for parents
Counselling for Adults
A confidential, trusting and caring therapeutic relationship in a safe environment makes it possible for you to talk freely and privately about your problems. This might involve some searching and reflection. Having a deeper sense of the issues that are troubling you and seeing things more clearly helps you work towards self directed goals and develop solutions.
Counselling for young people
For most young people, their social system involves peer relationships and it maybe that they find it difficult to talk to the people around them or disclose their problems to their families. I work with young people, exploring their individual difficulties.
This maybe Anxiety, bullying, behavioural problems, exam stress self harm, isolation, bereavement, emotional difficulties or relationships issues etc
Counselling for young people enables them to explore how they are feeling in a separate confidential space away from home, school and their peers.
Counselling for Children
Children find it difficult to understand and process painful feelings which may lead to differences in behaviour. They also need an understanding counsellor who endeavours to envisage the child’s world and responds to the child therapeutically.
Counselling with children entails working with age appropriate media giving opportunity for the child to explore feelings and thoughts through symbolic play, enabling the child to cope better with his/her emotions, finding resilience and resolve.
In order for me to work in the best interest of my clients I adhere to the principles of the professional body BCAP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I engage with regular clinical supervision to check my levels of effectiveness and good practice. I continually update my training and I am covered by all the relevant insurances in accordance with the BACP
I also offer Rewind Trauma Therapy IARTT (A technique for clients experiencing PTSD, (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and who are struggling with Involuntary / Intrusive thoughts) Flashbacks and Anxiety.
I find my work extremely rewarding and I sincerely hope we can work together.
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in Counselling Concepts
Counselling Children CPCAB
CPCAB Clinical Supervision
Rewind Trauma Therapy IARTT (At technique for clients experiencing PTSD, flashbacks, anxiety and involuntary / intrusive thoughts)
Therapeutic Story writing
Youth connect 5 parenting trainer
City & Guild in Learning Support
I have also completed the following training;
Attachment issues in Counselling
Attachment through the life cycle
Practical Mindfulness and NLP
Mindfulness in Person Centred Counselling
Compass; Attachment Theory
Safeguarding & child protection & risk assessment.
Anxiety in children & young people
Resilience in children
Teenage Brain CAMHS
Development in Adversity & Trauma CAMHS
Equality & Diversity Essentials
Working with difference and diversity
Bereavement training. Bereavement uk
Attachment Theory and self awareness in the Counsellor
Working with Complex Clients
Working with Young People
Working with children - Rasa
Understanding Self Harm and Risk Assessment
Working with Metaphor
Helping Children tell their stories
Children’s Emotional Well being
Rasa Rape and Sexual Violence Trained
Rasa Parents Protect Trained
Child Sexual Exploitation
Making endings with children
Understanding & Managing ADSD
Resilience in children
Unusual experiences and psychosis in young people
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I regularly work with Adults, Teenagers / young people and Children
Abuse, Addictions, Adoption, Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, Panic, Phobias, Bereavement, Childhood issues, Attachment, Depression, Disassociation, Domestic violence, Generalised anxiety disorder, Low self-confidence, Post traumatic stress, Relationships, Self harm, Suicidal thoughts, Trauma. Manic Depression,
Male and female survivors of sexual abuse etc
My initial telephone appointment is always free and may last up to 30 minutes.
My currently work :-
•Voluntary sector organisations
• Primary school's and Secondary school's
- Mentor for trainee counsellors
- Personal development for Trainee counselling students
- Clinical SUpervision
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
To be arranged at a mutually convenient time
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a qualified supervisor working from a person centred approach.