Sandy Whyman BACP Accredited Counsellor - Clinical Counselling Supervisor
I am an accredited and experienced Person Centred Counsellor working with Adults, children and young people. I am also qualified as a couples Counsellor and work with many aspects of difficulties within the relationship. I strongly believe that offering a respectful, trusting and equal relationship in counselling is essential. It is my belief that this is where growth and healing can take place. Counselling can be a life changing experience in empowering people to move on and make major changes in their lives.
I have extensive experience in working with people who are suffering from anxiety and panic whether it may work, relationships or trauma related. I also work with people who have suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder whether it is historical or recent.
People can be affected by anxiety, bullying, depression, panic attacks, relationship issues and anger which they may have had for many years. Some of which may stem from previous traumatic events, difficult family relationships and deep rooted connections involving childhood events. Some people may not even know where these feelings come from. I would work with you in such a way as to try to make sense of these feelings. Enabling you to eventually feel free of what is sometimes extremely debilitating symptoms.
Difficulties may also arise from current situations such as difficulties within a relationship, generalised anxiety, bereavement, physical illness, retirement, divorce, separation, domestic violence, a change in financial or family circumstances. Whether these problems are as a result of the past or present, they can have a profound affect on the way a person is able to live their lives.
I offer you my warmth, empathy and compassion in a confidential and non-judgemental environment. I will go at your own pace and endeavour to provide a safe space where I will support you in exploring whatever concerns you may have.
My experience tells me that all people are different and unique and I appreciate that for some people it can be very challenging to begin to 'tell their story'. Therefore, having the ability to work creatively can offer an alternative and an effective way of communicating, particularly when verbal expression is difficult. It is my hope that you will feel valued, heard and understood.
Integrating EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) within my work can also be very effective in treating people who are suffering with depression, effects of trauma, post traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD) disturbing memories, flashbacks and nightmares. In addition, I have found using EMDR for some people is very successful in reducing generalised anxiety.
EMDR is a technique which research studies have shown has been successful in treating people with the above difficulties, it is considered a breakthrough in therapy because of the rapid effective healing that people can experience.
I work in Private Practice offering counselling to adults, children and young people. As a couples counsellor I work with any couple or family who may be experiencing relationship difficulties. I offer both short term and long term counselling which will be discussed with you at the beginning, and you can then decide what you would like to do.
My private practice is in the City Centre of Hull, it offers anonymity, confidentiality and a warm welcome. It is a short walk away from the Hull Interchange. There are parking facilities adjacent to the building. My therapy room and contents have been carefully chosen and designed to help you feel safe and relaxed.
I understand and appreciate how much it means to work with someone you trust. Therefore please contact me if you would like to discuss any aspect of counselling or the counselling process, prior to arranging an appointment. This would be an opportunity for you to see if you think and feel, about whether I would be the kind of person that you would feel comfortable in working with.
Training, qualifications & experience
B.A.C.P. Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist.
Diploma in Humanistic Counselling.
Certificate in Couples Counselling.
Certificate in Person Centred Creative Counselling Supervision.
Certificate in N.L.P. (Neuro Linguistic Programming)
Certificate in E.M.D.R. (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing)
Certificate in Foundation Management for Care.
Certificate in Therapuetic Play.
Certificate in CBT working with children and young people
Certificate in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Certificate in Working with Trauma and Dissociation
In addition to these qualifications I have many years of experience in working with children, young people and adults with varied life complications and difficulites.
I am committed to continuing professional development, therefore I attend regular workshops relevant to my counselling practice and philosophy. These include Person Centered Theory regarding the client and counsellor relationship and client and supervision issues. in addition, I am always looking at new research particularly in EMDR and Neuroscience which I am extremely interested in as a way of being more effective within my work.
I also attend regular workshops and training developing my experience in working with trauma, depression, bereavement, anxiety supervision and working creatively.
I attend monthly supervision of 1.5 hours with a Senior Accredited Supervisor and EMDR theapist in accordance with the BACP code of ethics.
I have been working in the caring profession for over twenty five years and in that time I have worked with adults with physical disabilities both in the community and in residential care. I have also worked with adults in residential secure units, suffering with Autism, Schizophrenia, Behavioural and Communication difficulties.
I began my career in Counselling in 2005 and have worked at Hull Rape Crisis during my Counselling training for two years. I have also worked with adults at the Hull University Counselling Service, the Haven Counselling Service and more recently with the Children and Young People's Counselling Service in Hull. I have now been in private practice for five years.
I am an Accredited member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I am an associate Counsellor for BCPC (Birmingham Counselling & Psychotherapy Counselling.
I have private indemnity insurance and hold a current Disclosure Barring Certificate.
Registered / Accredited
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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.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas I work with are:
- Relationship issues
- Family issues
- Couples Counselling
- Step Families relationship difficulties
- Menopausal Anxiety (symptoms)
- Workplace Bullying
- Panic Attacks
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Physical Assault
- Health and Lifestyle Changes
- Performance Anxiety
- Disturbing Memories
- Night terrors/Nightmares
Fee £45 per session
Payment can be made either by cash, cheque or bank transfer.
I appreciate that for some people having time for appointments between my normal working hours can be difficult, therefore I can offer late appointments until 8pm.
Managing the Coronavirus Pandemic.
I understand that this may be a difficult time for many people.You may have concerns over family, health, work, finance and safety. Therefore, I have taken the decision to limit face to face counselling sessions for the time being. This is in a bid to keep myself and my clients as safe and protected as I can.
I will however, be offering support and counselling sessions via telephone and online (Skype) I will also be offering limited face to face EMDR therapy sessions.
Working with Couples.
There are many factors which can affect a relationship, whether it be in a marriage, a partnership, or any difficulties within the family dynamics. I offer to work with any family member whether it be two or three persons who are struggling with relationship issues.
Working with Children and Young PeoplIn today's society children and young people can be affected by peer pressure, exam stress, anxiety, bullying, divorce, separation, family dynamics and adjusting to new family situations e.g. living in a step-family environment.
They can also be victims of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Employment, can also be a particular worry, as there are fewer jobs for young people than ever before.
These difficulties and problems can leave a young person feeling helpless, hopeless even lonely, often with very low self esteem and confidence, many of whom suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. These thoughts and feelings may well manifest themselves in difficult behaviour, a lack of trust in relationships, low attendance rates at school and college, panic attacks, self harm and suicidal thoughts and feelings.
I have worked extensively with children and young people over a period of five years and in that time I have embraced the value of being able to build a warm and trusting relationship and have felt privileged to be involved in the growth and development of children and young people. As a result I have a developed a deep empathic understanding of the problems and difficulties which they can face.
I apply the same philosophy working with children and young people as I do with adults. I meet them with the same respect, warmth, empathy and compassion and I trust that we can work together helping them find their own way in life through personal growth and confidence.
I understand that some children and young people can find communication very difficult. Therefore having a useful skill of being able to work creatively can be extremely helpful. It can be a valuable resource in unblocking deep rooted thoughts and feelings, particularly when children and young people have previously found difficulty in being able to express themselves verbally.
EMDR can also be extremely effective in working with children and young people who have experienced trauma, abuse bullying eating disorders and depression.
For some people the pace of life today can be very stressful, the pressures of work, day to day living, children, families and relationships, juggling to keep everything together. These can all have an impact on the work/life balance. Suffering from anxiety and panic attacks can lead to poor sleep patterns, stress, headaches, lack of energy to name but a few. I offer relaxation and breathing techniques as part of the counselling process to help restore the mind and body balance.