About Wendy

If you are feeling overwhelmed by present day life's demands and situations, my sessions aim to bring clarity, self-motivation, healing, confidence and self-esteem. Present day circumstances have been difficult for many people and continue to be so, I create a safe and peaceful environment either in person, online or over the phone so as to allow my clients to be able express their concerns and find a way forward

Attentive
Authentic
Calm
Client Focussed
Compassionate

Specialisms

Wendy's Rates

In Person

£40.00 (Individual)
£50.00 (Couples)

Phone

£40.00 (Individual)
£50.00 (Couples)

Video

£40.00 (Individual)
£50.00 (Couples)
Wendy

Get to Know Wendy

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

Before I embarked on my Certificate in Counselling Skills I had thought long and hard about becoming a Psychotherapist. I have worked in the Health and Social Care industry for many years and I love working with people in person. I have my own experiences with mental health and how debilitating it can be. I also have experiences of family mental health, so I have been through it myself and seen it in others close to me. It took me 2 to 3 years to decide to start to train as a Psychotherapist, and after I made that decision to start, I never looked back. After graduating I set up my own private business working from home. I have a fairly big home, so I was able to set up a therapy room as well as an office. My main of becoming a therapist was to help and support others with their mental health concerns. I know from experience how very difficult it can be to live with Anxiety, Guilt, Shame and depression among other psychological illnesses.

Why do you think integrative therapy is the most effective form of therapy?

I belief that integrative therapy is very beneficial because it offers a wider range of therapies and approaches. I have worked just as a CBT therapist for a while after graduating and although it was good and very beneficial, I felt very limited. I trained as a Schema therapist at the same time as I did my CBT Diploma, so I also had this as a tool to use during client sessions. It wasn't until I did some mindfulness meditation training and completed my Hypnotherapy diploma that I felt I had more or less a full deck of skills and approaches to offer my clients. When with a client I feel that I am able to support them better with their issues if I have more skills and approaches to hand, it also makes me feel more confident about the positive outcomes and when and where to implement them during a session with a client with specific needs.

How would you describe your therapy session & approach?

I would normally start my therapy sessions using CBT. I would start by asking my client to tell me of a specific situation that they are finding problematic at the moment. I use a CBT tool called a 'Thought Record' to open up these problematic situations so as to allow myself and the client to explore the feelings and emotions surroundings these situations and then look at the unhelpful or negative thoughts surrounding this situation. Thought records are a great tool to pinpoint 'Hot Thoughts'. Hot thoughts are unhelpful thoughts that stand out the most during a situation. These thoughts can look like, 'I don't like myself', or I think that they don't like me'. So these are the thoughts that I would dig deeper into using other CBT techniques. Thought records are also a great tool for uncovering 'negative core beliefs' that we as humans all carry internally, as well as positive core beliefs. There are many CBT tools that I would incorporate during sessions. I like to use mindfulness meditation, or grounding techniques like breathing exercises 10 minutes before a session finishes. This is a good way to relax a client after a possible stressful session. This allows them to leave a session feeling lighter and more relaxed. If clients are coming with past traumatic situations, I will start with CBT first, then as long as the client is comfortable with this, I will use imagery work, imaginal exposure, or Schema therapy. I also use the empty chair approach with clients that have unresolved issues with people from their past, or people that they feel that they cannot confront physically because of fear, or shame. I offer Hypnotherapy to client who wish to try this as an alternative approach to healing, which has been extremely beneficial to many of my clients.

What are your Top 3 professional achievements so far?

I have attained quite a few professional achievements over the past 30 years. My most recent ones are completing my SVQ level 3 managerial level as an Autism Practitioner. In June 2020 I graduated as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with a level 11 Diploma. In June 2021 I graduated as a Clinical Hypnotherapist with an in practice Diploma.