I studied Level 2, 3 & 4 Counselling & Psychotherapy at Chapters Counselling and Training Centre in Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham. During this time I felt I had found my calling in life and I gained vital experience and training to be a professional and competent counsellor.
I have worked at the Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre, Darlington, both as a counsellor offering up to 20 weeks of sessions per client and some helpline support. There I supported and counselled people who had suffered recent rape, childhood sexual abuse and people affected by domestic violence.
I completed some in-depth training while I worked there including; pre-trial note taking, prevention, childhood sexual exploitation, working with trauma, personality disorders, self-harm, working with anger, safeguarding adults and children.
People come to me for many different issues and problems they are facing in their life. My interests lie in working with people who struggle with trauma, sexual assault, sexual abuse, rape, childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence. Border line personality disorders (EUPD) Depression, stress, anxiety, self- esteem, anger, loss, bereavement, work related stress, self-harm, shame, guilt and worry.
I am delighted to offer my professional counselling service at Liverpool Therapy Rooms. Whatever your reason for needing counselling, I will provide you with a safe and confidential space in which you can explore any issues and inner conflicts that are affecting your life and others around you.
Qualifications and Training
❖ Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Person-Centred- CPCAB - Sept 2017 to July 2019
❖ Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills – CPCAB - Feb 2017
❖ Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies – CPCAB – August 2017
❖ Safeguarding Adults and Children – Jan 2018
❖ Prevent – May 2019
❖ Childhood Sexual Exploitation and County Lines – August 2019
❖ Self-harm – April 2019
❖ Pre-trial note taking – Feb 2019
❖ Emergency first aid – August 2019
❖ Borderline Personality Disorder – Centre of Excellence Diploma - August 2018
❖ Understanding Eating Disorders - June 2018
❖ From early attachment to borderline personality disorder: traumatic attachment and dissociation. – March 2019
❖ Emotions and Emotional Disorders – Open University June 2019
❖ Managing to meet service user’s needs – Open University – June 2019
❖ Graded care profile 2- proficient and licensed to use the GCP2. – July 2019
I am fully insured and am an individual member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy), and am working my way towards accreditation. I attend regular supervision to help with professional development and take part in CPD to develop and progress myself and the practice. I am competent and committed to your wellbeing, respectful, empathic, genuine and do not judge.
I work to the ethical standards of the BACP's 'Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions'. You can look at the BACP website for more information and to read in more detail what you can expect from your counselling sessions with me.
I became a counsellor because I wanted to be there for someone, so they don't feel forgotten, as no-one was there for my family and I in our time of need.
I began my journey of becoming a counsellor in 2016. I often felt as though I have always been someone people naturally turn too, a confidante people could trust. I want to be that person who makes a difference in a persons life, someone who listens and understands, who is just simply there.
I have experience of having counselling myself, so I fully understand what it is like to be in the position of a client not really knowing what to expect and the anxiety that comes with it.
Wendy Russell - Dip. Therapeutic Counselling
BACP Individual Member