Wendy Harwood (Dip.Couns. MBACP Registered)
Hello, my name is Wendy and I offer both short and long-term counselling. We will go at a pace that suits you and although there are no set number of sessions, we will review our work together regularly to ensure we are working effectively together and that the sessions are still of benefit to you.
Life does not always go according to plan or run smoothly; things can become overwhelming and can go wrong which can cause anxiety, stress and emotional turmoil and I believe that counselling can help you to work through your thoughts and feelings and help you make sense of your world and help you to find your own answers enabling you to move forward. I offer a safe, non-judgemental and empathic environment for you to explore your thoughts and feelings with warmth, dignity and respect.
I am an Integrative Counsellor which means I use different counselling styles ensuring that how we work together best suits your needs. I use a person-centred approach when we are exploring what is going on for you in the present and looking at your issues and how your thoughts and feelings are affecting you now. I use a Psychodynamic approach when you need to explore your past experiences to better understand how the past can still affect you, your behaviours and patterns of relating to others. I also use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you manage difficulties by changing the way you think and behave around certain issues.
I am committed to working with you as a unique individual. You have the right to equal consideration regardless of your sex, age, race, religion, economic status, sexual preference or beliefs. No two people are the same and therefore no one knows exactly what you are thinking or how you are feeling except you. You are the expert of your own life, the situations you are in and the issues you are going through
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by their Code of Conduct and their Ethical Framework, helping to maintain standards and to work in your best interest and keeping both client and counsellor safe.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have many years experience and I currently work, on a voluntary basis, for Cruse, a bereavement support charity, supporting those that have suffered the loss of a loved one, including: the loss of a child and those bereaved through suicide and traumatic death. I also work for a carers counselling service counselling people that care for others and the unique challenges they face daily, causing anxiety, depression isolation, fear and their own mental health difficulties. I have also work with people that are newly diagnosed with a chronic or life changing illness.
- Certificate of Proficiency BACP
- Level 4 CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 3 CPCAB Certificate of Counselling
- Level 2 CPCAB Counselling
- Level 1 NCFE Interpersonal Skills
- Ascentis Awareness in Bereavement Care: The Foundation Course (Cruse)
- Place2be Volunteer Counsellor Safeguarding Training
- Place2be Volunteer introductory workshop
- One in Four 'Working with Sexual Abuse within the Family'
- CBT for depression & low self esteem
- Working with Shame
- Working with victims of Domestic Abuse (Compass training)
Currently studying with 'Centre of Excellence' - Advanced CBT Diploma
I also regularly attend workshops and training days, including online training as part of my continual professional development.
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
£40 per 60 minute session.
Daytime, evening and weekend appointments available.
Video sessions via Zoom/Skype/Whatsapp