Reena Kooner - Dip Couns, MBACP
A warm welcome to my page
I presently work with adults on a one to one basis, offering a safe and none-judgmental space where you can access short-term counselling to long-term psychotherapeutic work.
Counselling tends to be a shorter-term process, usually focused on problem-solving around a specific issue, such as at work or in a relationship.
Psychotherapeutic work is a longer-term process that involves looking at your childhood experiences, the meaning you made of these, and how these thoughts, feelings and behaviors are not serving you well in the here and now. It is similar to separating out the ingredients of a soup.
I commonly support client with symptoms of anxiety, depression, difficulties within relationships, loss, trauma, life transitions and identity and cultural issues.
I work mainly using the powerful therapeutic approach of Transactional Analysis (TA for short). TA draws on several traditions of psychology including child development (i.e. the typical stages we go through growing up). I also use elements of other approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (C.B.T for short, which focuses on the impact of our thoughts and feelings on our behaviour), acceptance and commitment based work, as well as, mindfulness.
Generally speaking, my approach is to play an active part; where I ask questions, reflect, share theory and challenge where relevant. You are also required to be active in your change process.
You don't have to do it alone
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and compassionate psychotherapeutic counsellor, currently running my own private counselling practice. I have a range of experience, including developed during my several years practicing as a social worker with people in very difficult situations, and from working for a substance use service.
My qualifications include a Psychology Degree, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Social Work; Transactional Analysis Foundation Certificate, a Certificate in Counselling Skills; Process Group Therapy training, Family Constellation training and a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling.
I am a registered member of the British Association for counselling and psychotherapy (BACP) and can be found on their online directory also. I aim to facilitate my therapeutic work ethically and to the highest standards therefore abide to BACP's ethical code. I am also a practitioner member of UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis). I adhere to current data protection legislation including being registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), and hold full indemnity and liability insurance.
I'm here and ready to work with you
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
Reaching out can feel daunting. As someone who has experienced personal therapy, I know the feeling well.
I offer a free initial consultation upto half an hour over the telephone. This enables me to get a summary of your current circumstances and needs, and for you to get a sense of whether I am the sort of person you want to work with.
During the consultation, I will ask you questions, including
-What has led you to making contact with me?
-What your present health is like, e.g. have experienced any recent changes to your sleep or appetite?
-What is it you want to get out of the experience?
This is also a chance for you to ask me anything you need to; about me, the approach I use, and/or the therapy experience.
There are a few possible outcomes after the consultation; either we decide we are not well suited to work together and for you to try someone else, or we continue and you book a session with me.
Thereafter, my fees are £40 for a 1 hour session (whether via telephone, online or in-person).
All enquiries are welcome.
In our current global circumstances, I am currently offering online and telephone sessions only.
If you do not consider yourself tech 'savvy', be assured the platform I use to do online work is easy to use and I will offer support in navigating it if needed.
Once it is sufficiently safe to once more offer in-person work, I will be available in the Oldbury and Bromsgrove areas.