Kerry Traynier - BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP Individual Member
Hello, my name is Kerry and I am a Person-Centred Experiential Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Thank you for viewing my profile; please take your time to read through the following information, which I hope will give you an understanding and sense of who I am as not only a therapist but also as a person.
Having previously worked in retail, customer service and finance, taking the leap to train to become a Counsellor and Psychotherapist has been the most rewarding change and the most inspiring journey. My previous jobs enabled me to gain a whole range and variety of experience and skills for which I am so grateful, however, I always felt something was missing. After a long period of self-reflection of who I was as a person, who I would like to be as a person and where I would like to be in life, both personally and professionally, training to become a Counsellor and Psychotherapist felt like the most natural next step in my journey and change in career.
My training has not only enabled me to become skilled and experienced at working therapeutically with clients with a whole range of issues, but it also provided me with the opportunity to focus on my own personal growth and development. This, along with attending personal therapy, gave me a deep and significant insight and understanding into the importance and the benefits of attending therapy and working through personal, emotional and mental issues which may can impact various aspects of our emotional behaviours and abilities in general life.
I am trained within the Person-Centred Experiential approach, which was and still is at times called the humanistic or client-centred approach. This approach was initially founded by an American Psychologist called Carl Rogers who believed that all individuals have the potential within themselves to grow and reach their true potential when provided with the necessary environment and conditions to do so. These core conditions were identified as congruence, unconditional positive regard and empathy. And it is these three core conditions which form the foundation of my therapeutic practise and how I work with clients.
When working with clients my aim and focus is to create a safe, comfortable and confidential environment in which clients feel held, heard and understood. As with the Person-Centred Experiential approach, my role within counselling sessions is to not probe, inform or direct, but to listen, guide and understand. This is done with the hope of supporting clients to explore and identify personal, emotional and mental issues, both past and present, which may be the cause of specific maladaptive emotional responses and behaviours. In doing so, this will enable clients to gain more understanding and self-awareness of their feelings, emotions and behaviours resulting in personal growth and development, and forming new adaptive and pro-active emotional and mental responses and behaviours.
Having spent a great deal of time working with a range of different clients who have presented a range of different issues, I am acutely aware of how difficult it can be to take the first step to begin therapy. For some people, they may not have attended therapy prior and may feel unsure, nervous or even reluctant to talk about personal matters and emotions with a stranger. For others, they may experience difficulty talking about certain experiences and emotions due to the complex and traumatic nature. I, therefore, work in sessions by respecting each client’s autonomy, personal choice and responsibility, with a non-judgemental and accepting attitude and practice.
The areas I currently specialise and work within are
• Suicidal Thoughts/Ideation
• Grief and Bereavement
• Limiting Self-Belief and Confidence
• Low mood
• Emotional disturbance
Face to Face - £50 per hr
Phone or Online - £45 for 50 mins
Block bookings are available
I have a BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Edge Hill University (2017).
Currently, I am completing a MSc in Psychology (2020), a CBT Coach Practitioner (2021) Certification and a Professional Life Coaching Certification (2021).
Registration and Insurance:
I am an individual member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); I am in receipt of full professional liability insurance and have a full DBS Check.
In addition, I have regular supervision which provides me with the opportunity to reflect on and explore my practise, and to review and assess the work I do with clients to ensure it remains at a high level of competency set out by the BACP. I also undertake regular Continuous Personal Development (CPD) Training to not only further enhance my current skill and experience but to also gain and develop new therapeutic ways of working with