COVID-19 update: We remain open during the lockdown in accordance with government guidelines. We are able to offer some face-to-face sessions where required. Your therapist will discuss this with you. All seating has been re-arranged to ensure at least 2m distance between you and your therapist.
Many of us, for different reasons, find parts of our lives very difficult; sometimes overwhelming, and it takes immense courage to work at understanding the things that are unsettling us. Past experiences can mould the people we become and by thinking together we can help discover why patterns of behaviour exist and encourage new patterns for the future; the hope for lasting change.
My belief in an individual's ability to explore and evolve their understanding of themselves and their situation underpins my work. I 'walk with' those in distress and assist in helping manage and explore difficulties in an appropriately contained and supportive, yet challenging environment.
Developing a relationship of shared trust and respect is therefore essential for effective counselling, so it is important that there is a comfortable connection between client and therapist. I provide a confidential place, free from judgement, for you to talk with someone about your concerns. I value each person's individuality and honour difference, diversity and inclusive practice within my work.
I work with individuals and couples (either brief or longer-term), providing the space for us to think together about the things that are troubling you. I use a number approaches within my work which enables me to tailor the therapy to your individual needs.
My work covers attachment difficulties, anxiety, anger management, trauma, traumatic loss, depression, postnatal depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, bereavement, stress, relationship issues (including affairs, divorce & separation), family dynamics, identity, work related issues, low self-esteem, eating disorders, loss, and coping with feeling different to others. I have particular interest in areas of difference and diversity, and the impact of early separation on adult relationships.
I am a Senior Accredited Supervisor and offer clinical supervision to trainee, newly qualified and experienced counsellors.
If, for any reason, I am unable to meet with you, I am happy to refer you to one of my associates within my practice.
Counselling/Psychotherapy for Trainees
Undertaking counselling and psychotherapy training inevitably evokes underlying issues and I offer the space to work through these difficulties. The self-knowledge gained through personal therapy can provide valuable professional, academic and personal benefits. I am able to offer a reduction in fees for trainees - please ask for details.
Student Counselling Service
Most universities and colleges in Leicester and Leicestershire have their own student counselling services, but some students prefer to be seen independently of their place of study. Also, it may not be possible for you to be seen promptly or have the amount of sessions you need on campus. We tailor your therapy to fit you as an individual, whilst recognising that many students face difficulties with being away from home for the first time, transitions, loss, living in shared accommodation, exam stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, confidence, anger management, family conflicts, exploring sexuality, identity, and new relationships.
Therapy Room for Hire/Becoming an Associate
Versatile ground floor, first and second floor therapy rooms (accessibility info: door widths 75 and 69 cm, WC 2nd floor) are available to use for ad hoc (Associates only), regular single sessions, half-day or full day blocks. The rooms are furnished suitable for use with individual clients (adults and young people), couples, family/systemic therapy, group supervision, group training, personal development groups, and mentoring/coaching. Our consulting rooms are situated in a discreet, professional location of the city centre (LE1, near Regent Road) so is easily accessible by public transport; there is also street parking nearby (£1 per 2 hrs/free after 6 p.m.). Please visit www.bainesballcp.co.uk for further details.
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Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Senior Accredited member of, and adhere to, the comprehensive code of Ethics and Good Practice laid down by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, a regulating and professional body.
I work with adults, young people and couples and cover a range of issues including, attachment difficulties, anger management, anxiety, bereavement, depression, postnatal depression, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, stress, relationship issues, work related issues, low self-esteem, eating disorders, loss, and coping with feeling different to others. I have particular interest in areas of difference and diversity, and the impact of early separation on adult relationships.
In addition to one-to-one work, I run workshops on difference and diversity issues.
Formal Qualifications include:
BACP Senior Accreditation Supervision 2017
BACP Senior Accreditation 2016
Working with Couples 2013-2014
Cert. Supervision 2014
Online Therapy 2013
Counselling Couples Skills 2013
MA Psychodynamic Counselling 2010
PG Dip Psychodynamic Counselling 2007-2009
Certificate in Counselling Skills 2007
BA (Hons) Community Management: Public Health & Community Medicine 1994
University of Leicester Student Counselling Service
Leicester Counselling Centre
University of Leicester Counselling & Psychotherapy Research Clinic
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.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
All difficulties relating to difference and diversity.
Concessions offered for
Individuals £55 per 50-minute session
Couples £60 per 50-minute session
Supervision £55 per 60-minute session
I believe in making counselling, psychotherapy & clinical supervision accessible to all, irrespective of circumstances and therefore fees are negotiable where needed. Please contact me to discuss your requirements.
I offer sessions Monday - Friday