Reena Kooner, BSc (Hons) Psy, PG Dip Social Work, Dip Couns
A warm welcome to my page
You may be feeling panicked, stuck, sad, confused, questioning what is ‘wrong’ with you and unable to find a way forward. These feelings may be heightened in the current extraordinary times we find ourselves which has meant that the landscape of our 'normal' has changed overnight. Whatever you are going through at the moment, you do not have to do it alone...
I work with adults on a one to one basis, offering a safe and none-judgemental 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 in-depth work including looking at your childhood experiences and repeating patterns. It is similar to separating out the ingredients of a soup. What you access will depend on your goals, and our mutual agreement of how we will work together. We will regularly review our work to assess your progress and look at how we are relating to each other.
I am able to work with a broad spectrum of issues. I am currently commonly working with 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 Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (C.B.T for short and focuses on the impact of our thoughts and feelings on our behaviour), compassion based work, as well as, mindfulness.
I am currently working remotely (online). I will return to offering in-person sessions once this is deemed safe; this will be across two sites in the West Midlands, of Oldbury and Bromsgrove.
I am here and ready to work with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor whom has a range of experience, including developed by my several years practising as a social worker with people in difficult situations and from diverse backgrounds. I am currently running my own private counselling practice and have continued some work with a counselling charity based in the West Midlands.
My qualifications include a Psychology Degree; a Post-Graduate Diploma in Social Work; the Newly Qualified Social Worker Award in 2011; a module of the Post-Qualifying Specialist Award in Social Work with Children, Young People, Their Families and Carers; 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 in 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) and EATA (European 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.
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
All enquiries are welcome.
I offer a free initial half hour consultation over the telephone. This is to help me to get a summary of your current difficulties and needs, and for you to get a sense of whether I am the sort of person you want to work with. Thereafter, my fees are £40 for a 1 hour session (whether via telephone, online or in-person).
If you do not consider yourself tech 'savvy', be assured that the platform I use to undertake online work is easy to use and I will offer support in navigating it.
If you are see me in Bromsgrove, on-street parking is available on the Kidderminster Road and a paid-car park is also available at Waitrose, which is just off the roundabout.
If you are see me in Oldbury, ample on-street parking is available within a few minutes walk of the centre.