Jacqueline Bird

Counsellor and Supervisor, BACP Accred

For more information, please telephone us on Freephone 0330 050 1620.

Hello and welcome to my profile.

I am a registered BACP Accredited Counsellor, and qualified supervisor, and Trainer, I offer counselling, psychotherapy, coaching, clinical supervision, Creative ways of working, EMDR and psychosexual therapy. I work with couples, individuals, families, children and young people.

I am also Relate trained and hold an MA in relationship Therapy (validated by the University of Hull). Ongoing training and continuous professional development is essential to the way I work, I qualified as a Teacher in 1990 and hold a bachelor of arts degree in education, and a Professional Certificate in effective practice. I qualified as a counsellor in the year 2000 and over the past 18 years have gained various specialised counselling qualifications which I draw upon to support the individual needs of clients.. (please see qualifications and training specialism’s).

The environment that I work with clients in, is comfortable and safe, specially created to help you feel relaxed and at ease.
If you are someone who is going through a difficult time, experiencing emotional problems or facing life changes that you want support with to help you move forward, feel heard and understood then I can offer that to you. Or you may just want a place to talk things through to share your thoughts and emotions or an opportunity to see things differently, with someone who is professionally trained and available to support your needs.

I offer long and short term appointments in which we will work together at your pace for as long as you are finding the sessions helpful.

Working with Children and Young People

I have 28 years experience working with children and young people, my journey initially started as a Teacher in 1990, specialising in working with children and young people with special educational needs. I have worked with children with challenging behaviour, and offending behaviour in the Prison Service where I managed vocational training.

I am qualified to work with adopted children and hold a specialised certificate in counselling adopted children and parents.

When working with children and young people I integrate various models of therapy which include creativity, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and solution focused therapy which works towards an agreed therapeutic goal.

Counselling sessions offer children and young people opportunities to look at other ways to manage difficult situations, helping them to take positive action by putting problems into new perspectives.

Issues that children and young people experience and bring to counselling…

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Cyber bullying
  • Depression
  • Exam pressure
  • Friendship difficulties
  • Grief and loss
  • Jealousy
  • Loneliness
  • Parental fall outs
  • Parents going through separation or divorce
  • Phobias
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Trauma

Psychosexual Therapy (PST)

Sexual problems may be the first sign of a relationship difficulty, or there may be issues which have always been a concern for a while.

Sex therapy is a specialised form of counselling intended to support couples and individuals, sex is usually an enjoyable and important part of a healthy, respectful couple relationship, however when someone experiences a sexual problem they may hide the problem due to feeling too embarrassed or ashamed to talk about it , they may fear talking about it to their partner and as a result begin to avoid any closeness or intimacy. The beauty of talking to someone trained is that they are used to talking about these difficulties, psychosexual therapist’s are specially trained to help you feel at ease, to remove any blocks to communication and to support you in overcoming the problem.

It is not uncommon for people to experience sexual problems at some point in their lives. There are many factors that contribute to sexual problems, our lives are constantly changing and this can bring many stressors, work or family pressures, a new baby, step family relationships, anxiety and depression, illness or other medical problems all can contribute to sexual problems.

I work with couples and individuals of any sexual orientation, whether or not they are married, in a civil partnership, living together or planning to live together or marry. I aim to encourage people to have open conversations, to work together and bring back into their lives the pleasure the fun and the love they want.

Following some comfortable talking an assessment will take place to determine whether or not it is necessary for me to design a treatment programme for you. The treatment program is aimed at helping you to meet the goals you want to achieve. My model of therapy will mainly be cognitive behavioural (CBT) which is known to be effective in supporting people to achieve their goals; CBT will challenge negative thoughts and fears and help you to believe in yourself, to change your thought processing so that you feel more positive.

Other models of therapy will also be integrated into the program those may include :- Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) this is a powerful technique which works like rapid eye movement sleep to help people process distressing memories. It is especially useful in managing the consequences of trauma, distressing life events, phobias, depression and anxiety. It has been known to be very useful in Psychosexual therapy.

I will set agreed tasks with you to carryout in the comforts of your own home and will encourage you to relax and enjoy the program, returning to the next session with feedback which I will support you with by asking you what you found helpful or difficult. You will not be rushed or pressured in any way to achieve your goal. But indeed supported from start to finish.

Problems people bring to psychosexual therapy include :-

  • loss of sexual desire
  • painful intercourse
  • difficulties with orgasm
  • arousal disorders
  • erectile dysfunction
  • premature or delayed ejaculation
  • sexual difficulties following abuse
  • general breakdown in a couple’s relationship
  • not being able to achieve penetrative sex
  • fear of sex
  • menopause
  • pregnancy and postnatal sex
  • sexuality and illness
  • sex avoidance
  • poor body image relating to intimacy.

Working with couples

I have an MA in relationship therapy and have supported many couples over the past 18 years. Helping couples is about being able to understand how couples relate to each other and what contributes to a healthy relationship. It is about listening to the couple as they each share their individual perspective on what they believe is impacting on the relationship. Helping couples to listen to each other and understand each other is key to the process.

Relationship therapy helps couples and individuals by providing useful techniques and exercises to improve communication, these can be taken away and used in many relationship situations. Everyone will want something different from the therapeutic process, and all needs are individual, therefore the process aims to help you as individuals to create positive change .

Sometimes it is the smallest changes that make the biggest difference.

For people who find talking difficult various creative techniques can be integrated into the process to help you on your journey.

Issues that couples often bring include:

  • Affairs
  • Abuse
  • Alcohol issues
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Arguments
  • Bereavement
  • Conflict
  • Critical illness
  • Divorce
  • Depression
  • Financial problems
  • IVF
  • Past Relationship
  • Sexual issues
  • Step family relationships
  • Trust
  • Work matters
  • And many more

Therapies offered

Specialist areas

  • Relationship counselling supporting couples and individuals
  • Working with families, children and young people
  • Bereavement counselling
  • Psychosexual therapy

Qualifications

  • MA in Relationship Therapy
  • BA Degree in Education
  • Counselling Children using the Arts
  • Certificate in Clinical Supervision
  • Certificate in Bereavement Awareness
  • Certificate in CBT for Children and Young People
  • Counselling Young People
  • Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Work)
  • EMDR Certificate
  • Certificate in Family Therapy

Days and hours of work

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (day and evening appointments).