Tracey Bennett MBACP BA(hons) Dip Couns
Hi, my name is Tracey. I am a qualified Person-Centered Counsellor , Group facilitator, therapist and trainer. At my core I work from a Person centered perspective but depending on client need offer other aspects of counselling and therapy taken from CBT, Gestalt, TA and DBT.
I specialise in Domestic abuse and Sexual violence, Healthy relationships, Anxiety and depression but have experience of, and work with many other issues that have the potential to affect a healthy way of being.
I endeavour to offer a warm, safe and non-judgmental space, enabling prospective clients the environment to consider their thoughts and concerns holistically and alongside myself.
I am aware of my own core values and beliefs and feel that self awareness is an important insight to ones healing. I hold strong personal boundaries, I work with integrity and with humility and I am passionate about supporting others.
Through no fault of our own it can be easy to forget what excites us, to not know enjoyment and to lose the ability to laugh, to enjoy life and those around us. I believe there is positivity, learning and the potential to increase personal awareness in every low tide so to speak. I endeavour to help support those who are currently struggling with the inevitable ups and downs of life and help them manage the situation until a better way forward can be found.
How I work
I offer no guarantees but believe that we get out of life what we put in and given the right environment, support and time, hope we can find the healing and peace you are looking for together.
It is my belief that you have the answers to your issues but may just need a little, or, in some cases a lot of support in unlocking them. As a Person centered counsellor it is my belief that I am not the expert... you are. You are also in control of the amount of sessions you choose to have, what you choose to discuss and ultimately the extent of learning and understanding of self.
What I offer is a confidential space where you can explore who you are currently and at your core, I will listen and offer occasional insights or gentle questioning, if you would like a more directive approach we can look at aspects of other approaches to counselling and therapy that might be useful to you. Most importantly you will always be in control of what you share and how far you engage.
This session will be for you to decide if my way of being and working suits you and during this session you will have the opportunity to get to know a little about how I work. We will look at current struggles and there will be a small element of paperwork. We will discuss confidentiality, my contract and I will answer any questions you may have.
Confidentiality and safety is of utmost importance and I will visit this regularly to ensure clarity of understanding.
I am a member of the BACP and follow their framework for good practice which includes partaking in regular supervision as a requirement. This ensures my practice is run with confidence and competence.
I also attend regular CPD (continuing personal development) events.
Rooms and Availability
I offer counselling sessions throughout Mid and West Cornwall and during the Covid crisis am extending online counselling to those in Kent.
For Cornwall I offer walk and talk sessions in mutually agreed locations and inline with government restrictions and social distancing (currently unavailable).
I can offer appointments most days of the week
I offer early morning, evening appointments also.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA(hons), Degree in Counselling Studies (Gestalt, Transactional analysis, CBT, Group facilitation training).
- Diploma in Person Centered Counselling and Therapy.
- Advanced Certificate in Person Centered Counselling.
- As part of my commitment and passion to counselling work and my clients, I attend regular CPD (continuing professional development) days such as workshops and training courses that help to increase and inform my skill set, knowledge and understanding of psychotherapy.
- Upcoming training:
- RESPECT training (working with male victims of domestic abuse)
- CRAFT training (framework for assessing and supporting violence and conflict within families)
- Completed training:
- AVA (violence from child to adult)
- Covid 19-Psychological first aid training
- Healthy relationships training
- DASV training L1-L2 (domestic abuse and sexual violence training)
- ACES training ( adverse childhood experiences)
- Mandala training (trauma informed practice)
- Empowerment Star Training (an evidence based tool for measuring and supporting change)
- MHFA(mental health first aid)
- Acpo Dash Risk Assessment Training
- Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice
- L1-L2-L3 Safeguarding
- Emergency First Aid
- Assist (suicide first aid)
- Team Teach (positive handling strategies within an holistic framework)
- Psycho-educational Group Facilitators Training
- L2 Health and Safety in the Workplace
- Basic Epilepsy Awareness Training
- Domestic Abuse Helpline Training
- Working with Self Harm and Risk
- Basic Drug Awareness Training
- Motivational Interviewing Training
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My specialism is in domestic abuse and all related issues in regards to relationships that have encountered all forms of abuse, my work consists of supporting clients within a broad range of eventualities from still being in the relationship to having left the relationship but still suffering effects 30 years down the line.
Related issues that I am currently dealing with and related to abuse are, and by no means exhaustive:
Emotional and Psychological trauma-Anxiety-Depression-Low mood-stress-shame-anger-suicidal thoughts-homelessness-drugs and alcohol issues-self harm-violence-conflict-child contact issues-mediation-fear-low self esteem, worth and value etc etc.
The aim of my therapy is to support the client to develop a self awareness which will in turn allow a new understanding and insight into the behaviours and issues causing the current crisis
From £30.00 to £50.00
During the current crisis with Covid 19 all sessions are online/phone and I am offering all sessions at £30 per session and the initial session at £10 (discounts non applicable with this offer)
All payments will be required in advance and by bank transfer
I charge £40 for a 50-minute session between 9am and until 5pm
Before 9am £50 per session
After 5pm until 9pm £50 per session
I also offer a small number of reduced fee spaces for students and those on low incomes.
Charge for initial session is £20.
I also offer discounts on sessions when booking and paying in advance- please note all sessions must run consecutively with this offer and missed or cancelled appointments will still be charged for.
See below for details:
Book and pay for 7 sessions=£280 and save 10%=£252 (out of hours counselling not applicable)
All fees will be charged at full rate if not cancelled with 48 hours notice.
Due to the current situation with the virus all sessions will be either phone or online platforms such as zoom.
Please make contact to discuss suitable dates and times.
In my day to day role I work for Safer Futures the new integrated DASV domestic abuse and sexual violence service offered by Barnardos and First Light.
I am employed as a project worker and Group Facilitator for the Susie program (recovery from the effects of domestic abuse program) and C4u partner support worker (recovery from and prevention of Domestic abuse program)
I have previously facilitated Healthy relationships lessons in schools across Cornwall.
I am also a DASV trainer offering L1-L2 domestic abuse and sexual violence training to professionals across Cornwall.
The focus and core underpinning of all programs I work for is on, education, prevention, empowerment, raising self esteem and self worth, understanding abuse and what behaviors and beliefs constitute both healthy and unhealthy relationships.
I also have experience of following agencies:
- Cornwall Refuge Trust 24hr domestic abuse helpline worker
- Waves Counsellor
- Waves counselling agency
- Volunteer Counsellor
- Associate Counsellor
- Volunteer Counsellor
- Penhaligan Counselling Agency
- NHS-Psychiatric services