Majken Blaker Psychodynamic Counsellor (MBACP)
I am a registered psychodynamic counsellor currently working within a children's charity as well as in private practice. I offer a confidential, face to face, therapy service to individuals as well as couples aged 18 and over. I have experience of working with people from a diverse range of backgrounds including; culture, race, religion, age and sexuality. My practice is based in Broomfield, close to the hospital.
Counselling can be useful for someone who wants to explore the way they are thinking or feeling, as well as anyone experiencing a problem or issue they are keen to resolve. People may choose to speak to a therapist because they feel they can't speak to their partner, friends or family about their problems, or they simply wish to speak to a professional with an objective viewpoint. I have experience of working with a wide range of issues and difficulties, including depression, anxiety, OCD, relationship issues, anger, bereavement and stress.
As your therapist I will not tell you what to do, instead I will encourage you to talk about what is bothering you in order to begin to understand the root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. This way we can begin to understand your current difficulties and how best to move forward. Therapy is not a quick fix and may involve dealing with some potentially very difficult feelings.
A safe, non-judgemental and confidential space to speak in, is often all it takes. While I will not give you concrete advice or a checklist of things to do to feel better, what I will try and help you understand is how past experiences and current behaviour may be connected. This can help you to uncover your own insight and understanding of your problems, providing you with the tools, which will then help you to resolve them on your own.
For the majority of my clients a single session is rarely enough in order to overcome whatever is troubling them. Counselling is a journey, and it takes time and consistency to work effectively. This is why most people chose to attend regular sessions in order to get the most out of the process.
Counselling can also help you to understand yourself better and the way you think. This will allow you to get a clearer understanding of your difficulties, thereby enabling you to better manage your way through any problems you are facing, leading to feeling more positive.
Lastly, counselling can also help you to see things from someone else's viewpoint better, which may in turn give you a better understanding of the way you perceive words and actions.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Registered Psychodynamic Counsellor (Member)
BACP Accredited Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (CCF)
Certificate in Working with Couples (Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust)
1 year in NHS setting as a Honorary Psychotherapist
6 years post-qualification experience
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer appointments Monday-Friday 8am-8pm. Psychodynamic counselling involves weekly sessions lasting 50 minutes each. The sessions are at the same time and day every week. Some flexibility can be offered if you for example work different shift patterns. Counselling can be either short-term or may extend over a much longer period, depending on your circumstances. Longer-term counselling can carry on for as long as you find it beneficial.
The fee for individual therapy is £40 per session. The fee for the initial consultation is also £40 and must be paid upfront. For couples the fee is £60 per session. For ongoing therapy the fee can be paid weekly or monthly, depending on your preference.
If you have any questions or to book an initial appointment please feel free to contact me.