Hello, I’m Elaine a sessional counsellor and systemic practitioner trained to intermediate level at Breathe. As you can see from my picture dogs are my favourite animal. I am an accredited BACP member. I completed my counselling training in 2015 at the Family Institute. I completed the Foundation in Systemic Theory and Practice at the University of Bath in 2020 and the Intermediate in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice with Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in 2021; both are AFT-accredited training. I work as a counsellor with children, young people and adults.
I am a systemic practitioner trained to intermediate level, which is the first two years of the four-year training required to become a family and systemic psychotherapist. I can use systemic practice within my core qualification as a counsellor. I can meet with families or couples, set joint goals, and use a range of interventions to assist families and couples to reach their goals.
My approach is systemic. I consider the person and their difficulties within the context of their relationships and wider systems such as peers, family, work, and education. I use systemic approaches, methods and techniques. I have an open and non-judgemental approach that puts people at ease and creates a safe and confidential space where people can explore their difficulties. My counselling degree was integrative so I can draw from different therapeutic approaches and use tools such as cognitive approaches, solution-focused, mindfulness, inner child work, sand tray, psychodynamic, and creative approaches.
I like to use drawing as part of my own self-care; I use it to process my own thoughts and feelings. My first degree was an art degree and I have an MA in art. I find that my creativity can be useful when working with children and young people and adults who enjoy being creative.