I am Kay and I understand how important it is to for individuals to be listened to especially if they are feeling undervalued, insecure, angry or overwhelmed by what is going on around them. Many people have occasions where they encounter difficulties and struggle to cope and whilst it can take courage to talk to a therapist, the support offered is usually beneficial. Counselling can give an individual space and time to help explore their thoughts and feelings. Sometimes having a confidential space to do this with someone who is independent of their situation is all that is needed.
As a qualified and registered member of both the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS) I work within their established ethical codes and frameworks and have an enhanced DBS check. My background includes Human Resources and I hold Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) qualifications and am also a trained Mental Health First Aider in my workplace.
My experience as an integrative counsellor means I can draw on various therapeutic methods which are then tailored to the client’s own individual and unique needs. I am led by the client’s needs and listen without judgment to understand and manage their emotions and feelings to achieve the best outcome and future steps the client may decide to take. My approach is flexible in order to best suits the client and does not involve making decisions for them or giving advice or imposing my own thoughts and beliefs on them. I can also include creative therapy through art and play.
Counselling Individuals (Adults)
I have been working in a counselling environment for a number of years. I originally trained and worked within Human Resources for a large national multi-disciplinary business where I led on Wellbeing, however, over the years I realised it was people that I wanted to work with and not so much the business processes, therefore I began to study and became an integrative counsellor. During my training and since working as a counsellor I have gained experience within both voluntary and private sectors providing support over a wide range of areas. I began volunteering for the national charity Cruse Bereavement Support back in 2020, presenting Birmingham’s ‘Understanding Your Bereavement’ Webinars and working 1-2-1 with those who are struggling with bereavement. I have a wealth of knowledge around grief work. Many people don’t realise we experience grief and loss in lots of areas of life, not just the death of a loved one. It could be the loss of a job, relationship breakdown, retirement, financial loss, children leaving home etc. I often find working with clients’ grief work comes in somewhere along the line.
Counselling Individuals (CYP)
I also work with young people, often drawing on creative therapy such as art and play in an integrated approach underpinned by theories of attachment. I believe it is important to create a safe space for the young person so they can feel secure, comfortable, that they are being listened to and understood and that we are attuned to each other. I will often invite them to express their thoughts and feelings through creative means as well as verbal expressions and reflections, in turn helping them to better understand themselves, their experiences and their relationships with others.
Clients I work with
Long Term, Short Term, Individuals (adults and young people from 13 years).
How I deliver therapy
Via Video Technology, Telephone and In-Person.
Humanistic, Person-Centred, Integrative, Psychodynamic, Solution Focused, Young Person, Creative.
What I can help with
There are various issues I have encountered throughout my career such as; relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, trauma, bullying, low self-esteem, abuse, self-harm, bereavement and loss.
I am open to working with any issues you may bring. Examples of some issues you may like to seek help with:
I am a member of BACP and I follow their ethical frameworks/codes, which is concerned with my professional conduct and your wellbeing.