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.
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!’
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
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)
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)