MIND & BABY- Counselling For Pregnancy and the Postnatal Period, Loss In Pregnancy and Birth.
Lucy Theo- Counsellor/ Psychotherapist (MBACP Accred.) (UKRCP reg.)
COVID19 UPDATE: During these unprecedented times, I can continue to offer phone counselling sessions or online counselling via Skype or Facetime.
Experienced and Accredited Counsellor Offering Psychological Support for Issues Such As:
- Infertility and Assisted Pregnancy
- Psychological Preparation for Labour, fear of giving birth.
- Recovery from a traumatic or difficult birth using effective psychological intervention approved under NICE guidelines.
- Complex Pregnancy, pregnancy loss and the loss of a baby.
- Perinatal anxiety and depression, hormone fluctuations and mood changes
- Postnatal anxiety and depression, low mood, feelings of ambivalence or negativity towards baby.
- Preparation for the transition into Parenthood. Adjusting to relationship and identity changes, changes to lifestyle and Self.
- Support for the emotional and physical challenges of pregnancy, difficulties/ discomfort in pregnancy.
- Support for life with a Newborn, (Bonding, feeding, D-MER, reflux and behavioural needs) Attachment and Attention: How to understand the neuroscience around your new-born's needs.
Are you expecting or have you just had a baby? Perhaps you are recovering from a difficult or traumatic birth, or want the opportunity to process and talk about your birth and your emotions as you adjust? Perhaps you are finding pregnancy psychologically and physically challenging or need support to prepare for parenthood as it triggers feelings about other relationships in your life?
Are you feeling confused or overwhelmed, perhaps uncertain of what lies ahead or adapting to how life feels now as a mother or father?
Perhaps you are finding the experience richly rewarding and exciting but lack the time and space to talk in a relaxed, supportive and confidential space.
How I Can Help
I offer fifty- minute individualised, tailor-made sessions for individuals or couples which are focused around your needs and concerns, and address issues you may want to raise. These range from weekly arrangements to longer-term monthly sessions, and can take place in person, over the telephone or via Skype or Facetime to accommodate lifestyle demands. Couples' Counselling can help partners to gain new relational perspectives and learn effective ways to communicate in order to build trust, re-connect and resolve conflict and can be particularly beneficial when ' Baby Makes Three'. You may simply want the opportunity to 'be heard' or look at new ways to find perspective, gain self-assurance and the possibility of making new emotionally-secure choices and everything discussed is treated in the strictest confidence.
I have extensive experience of working with people from all backgrounds in settings such as a hospice, a family bereavement service, as a school counsellor, and alongside paediatricians and midwives in an ante- natal unit . As well as working in private practice, I am currently in the post of Psychological Therapist in the NHS Primary Care Counselling Service.
I support people in resolving past and current difficulties, life changes and challenges, troubling relationships, the effects of trauma, family conflicts , health difficulties, work pressures/ stress and bereavement and loss . I work from a peaceful (baby-friendly) consulting room in Bonvilston, 12 mins from Culverhouse Cross Roundabout with ample parking, and offer a therapeutic , non-judgemental relationship based on empathy, understanding and trust. Through supportive, encouraging sessions you will gain the confidence and reassurance to appreciate life with your baby and the journey into parenthood. This journey is a unique and life-changing one , and sometimes the challenges encountered along the way can provoke a mixture of emotions , some of which may be hard to identify or make sense of. I integrate various theoretical approaches to suit the needs of each individual as feelings may present themselves as purely parent/baby-related , or seem more generalised, even hard to define. As an accredited member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I subscribe to their code of ethics and good practice. I am also a parent and believe passionately in combining the knowledge I have gained from both my professional and family life in order to make MIND&BABY uniquely supportive.
Training, qualifications & experience
After completing a training in Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy in London,I have been working extensively as a counsellor in private practice, in a hospice setting supporting families experiencing bereavement and terminal illness, a GP practice, an independent secondary school and more recently, alongside midwives and paediatricians in an ante-natal unit.
As an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I subscribe to their code of ethics and good practice. I am also a parent and believe passionately in combining the knowledge I have gained from both my professional and family life in order to make MIND & BABY something that can work for you and your new family.
Please contact me to arrange a consultation or to discuss further areas of guidance and support. I also offer telephone support and counselling.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Please do call for a free initial telephone consultation. Subsequent sessions are charged at £55 for a fifty minute session .
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
In addition to offering Pregnancy and Post-natal counselling, I also run a private counselling practice offering more general support and can help with a range of issues depending on personal need and situation. Please see page advertised separately or contact me in confidence to see how I can help.