Hello, I’m Elaine a qualified BCAP accredited counsellor at Breathe. Completing my counselling training at the Family Institute in 2015, I work with children, young people and adults. As you can see from my picture dogs are my favourite animal.
I am now in the process of training to work with more than one person in the room – undertaking the Intermediate in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice with Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. As part of this, I am gaining practice hours where I work with more than one person in the session, as well as being supervised by a qualified family therapist.
My approach is systemic. I consider the person and their difficulties within the context of their relationships and wider systems such as peer, family, work, and education. I have an open and non-judgemental approach that puts people at ease and creates a safe and confidential space where clients can explore their difficulties. My counselling degree was integrative so I can draw from different therapeutic models 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 I work with children, young people and adults that enjoy being creative.