Tina Mann

I have been counselling for nearly 20 years now.  Prior to counselling, I held Support Worker posts in rehabilitation and learning disability areas.  My initial training was in Psychodynamic Counselling, focusing on areas such as the unconscious, defence mechanisms (a way of dealing and coping with internal conflict and pain) and unresolved personal and relationship issues (both past and present).  During my counselling experience, I have also incorporated other models of counselling into my work which include: Systemic, Motivational Interviewing and the Cycle of Change.

The cycle of change was particularly useful in my last employment, at the Worcestershire Community Alcohol Team -  focusing on contemplation, action and maintenance.  It aided my counselling relationship with individuals experiencing alcohol misuse (and other related issues) and thus working towards either reduction control or abstinence from alcohol use.  I also supported those (family/friends) concerned with someone elses drinking levels/behaviour.

I have a certificate in Working with Couples (Relate Institute), focusing on relationship/communication difficulties; an awareness of domestic violence/abuse and human sexuality.

My philosophy of counselling is based on the concept that humans desire a sense of containment in a relationship with others.  Early life experiences are viewed as being contained and held in a 'facilitating environment' (Winnicott 1965).  Such holding promotes trust to develop, while containing issues of loss, upset and confusion etc.  In relation to trust, is the fundamental concept of confidentiality whereby clients divulge information about past and present situations - 'this can only take place in a relationship based on trust' (Bond 2000).  It is imperative therefore, that clients can confide in and trust the counsellor in a contained relationship.  This is what I offer my clients.

I work both short term and long term, depending on the clients' individual needs.  Clear focusing is promoted with short term work, while long term work gives more attention to unresolved issues; promoting the individual's/couple's awareness of self and thus change and autonomy.

I work with clients aged 18 and over.

I hold Professional Indemnity Insurance.

I am regularly 'updating'  my knowledge/experience with further training/supervision.

I am an accredited member of the BACP and adhere to the BACP Ethical and Framework Guidelines.  


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