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My name is Janine. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and National Counselling Society (NCS). I adhere to their ethical frameworks. For more details, please visit their website, here.

I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor and certified sand play therapist, based in Wokingham, Berkshire. I offer individual face to face and remote counselling and therapeutic support to children, young people and adults. 

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I have experience as a School Counsellor supporting children from Foundation to Year 11 and have worked within CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) Crisis Team for the NHS. 

I have previously coordinated the Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) provision within a large, local secondary school. Before this role, I worked within a primary setting as a nurture assistant (ELSA based). I have spent many years supporting vulnerable children and young people with mental well-being and complex mental health concerns.

Personally, I am a mother of three teenage children, all born and raised within the local Wokingham area.  We have had our own experiences of the highs and lows of life, this I feel has made me a more empathic and supportive counsellor and therapeutic practitioner. 

I have a positive outlook on life, like being with nature and particularly love being at the beach.  I enjoy sport, going to the gym regularly, swimming for fitness and running both half and full marathons for charities.  

I like to challenge myself and have the mindset of ‘If I believe I can, I will!’

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My Counselling Qualifications:

Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (NCS)

Level 5 Certificate in working with children and young people (Princes Trust)

Certified Sand Play Therapist (BACP)

Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People

Walk and Talk Therapist

Level 3 Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills (National  Hypnotherapy Society)

Other Qualifications, Certifications and CPD Trainings:

Anger and Aggression Management Practitioner

Practitioner Trauma-Informed Practice (Schools and Communities) (TIS)

Level 4 Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ADL)

Level 4 Working with Parents (Intense Support for Families with Multiple and Complex Needs) (City & Guilds)

Level 4 Diploma in Social Care with Families (NCFE)

Level 3 Award in Eating Disorders and Awareness

Diploma in Sound Therapy

Trauma Informed Practice: Treating Complex PTSD 

Mental Health First-Aid Instructor (Mental Health England)

Foundation Degree Primary Teaching and Learning (open University)

I hold an enhanced DBS and Safeguarding Certificate to work with Adults, Children and Young People. 

I have also been a Safeguarding Lead (2020– 2022)

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Volunteering Experience:

Samaritans Telephone Support Volunteer (2019)
Text SHOUT 24-hour Crisis Support Worker (20 20– 2021)
Cruse Bereavement Charity - Bereavement Volunteer (2021 – 2023)
Therapeutic Support Worker (Play Therapy Guidelines) – local primary schools (2021 – 2022)

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