Charmaine Pollard

ABOUT ME

In my own life I have had to face many challenges, find my own strength and rely on my inner resources. This is why I became a counsellor, I qualified in 1998.
Personal counselling helped me accept myself, gain a better understanding of myself and made me much more resilient in dealing with whatever issues life threw at me.

 

We are all unique; people find different ways which help them to change. I know you can change, having someone truly listen to you in a non judgemental manner and explore the sensitive issues which you would prefer to put to the back of your mind, but keeping nagging at you to do something about. I have been on this journey and have worked with many people for over sixteen years, in various capacities, from all walks of life and have seen great results.

Counselling is my vocation in life and I bring all my passion to this work, so that I can continue helping others heal and recover from life’s challenges. I currently provide counselling in London. I can also provide remote counselling by telephone to those unable to reach me in London. I have attained a number of professional qualifications and I am committed to my own continuing personal development by being an active member in a number of professional counselling bodies.

Over the past decade, I have come to experience the transformative power of words and have facilitated several personal development groups, writing for wellbeing, poetry therapy groups and workshops in various settings.  I am the only person in the U.K. to have qualified as a Certified Poetry Therapist (CPT) with The International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy in U.S.A with a non – U.S.A. based mentor.

I am passionate how words can be used to bring about healing and transformation. I now offer therapeutic writing groups in the community, libraries, therapy centres and at Further Education colleges.

I also  provide a writing for wellbeing programme for Secondary Schools and Academies,  entitled Courage to Be Me for Schools.

I am a part time tutor at City Lit, an adult Education College in Central London. I teach the following continuing personal development (CPD) courses:
Therapeutic Writing for a Healthy Wellbeing
Working Therapeutically with Masks
Using Art in Therapy – 4 Nov 2017

My Professional Counselling and Writing Memberships

          • British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) Registered/ Accredited Counsellor
          • Person Centred Art Therapy Association
          • The Stress Management Society
          • Black and Asian Therapist Network
          • Lapidus – Writing for Health and Wellbeing
          • NAWE – National Association for Writers in Education
          • The Poetry Society

My Professional Counselling and Poetry Therapy Qualifications

          • Diploma in Counselling (BACP accredited)
          • Diploma in Person Centred Art Therapy skills
          • Certificate in Counselling Skills in the development of learning
          • Certificate in Person Centred Art Therapy
          • Certificate in Person Centred Counselling Supervision
          • Primary Certificate in Stress Management
          • Certificate in Applied Poetry Facilitation
          • Certificate in Poetry Therapy

My Continuing Professional Development

I hold a strong belief that professional counsellors need to constantly update their skill set and qualifications in order to provide the highest level of service to their clients. I have taken part in the following ongoing professional development courses.

          • Solution Focussed Brief Therapy
          • Poetry Therapy and Therapeutic writing
          • Introduction to Drama therapy
          • Advanced Train The Trainer with Victim Support
          • Effective Group work
          • Working with Couples
          • Relaxation skills
          • How to lift low self esteem
          • The Psychology of Trauma
          • Major incident debriefing and trauma care
          • How to break the cycle of depression without drugs
          • Ways into working with couples
          • Working with PTSD- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
          • Working with Borderline Personality Disorder
          • Working with Self Harm
          • Working with women exiting prostitution
          • Skills for Managing Suicide and Self harm
          • Domestic violence in LGBT communities
          • Violence against women – Advanced Level
          • Supporting victims of sexual violence
          • Male rape and sexual assault
          • Supporting people bereaved through homicide

In my search for answers I needed help and support and had to dig deep in my own resources to help me feel more confident, happy and creative. This is where I developed a great interest in personal development. As part of my commitment to continual professional development (CPD) in myself and others, I work towards higher standards by:

          • Facilitating  poetry therapy writing courses, groups and workshops
          • Facilitating creative writing therapy workshops for personal development
          • Facilitating a weekly person centred group for vulnerable women
          • Providing individual and group supervision to student counsellors and qualified counsellors
          • Providing individual external/ clinical supervision to workers in End Violence Against Women and Girls sector
          • Completing courses on Group process and facilitation
          • Completing courses on self care and self understanding through creative expression
          • Completing courses on Risk assessment safety planning and disclosure
          • Completing courses on Guided imagery and visualisation for therapeutic change
          • Completing courses on Creative writing
          • Completing courses on Journal writing for self development
          • Completing courses on Counselling survivors of child sexual abuse
          • Completing courses on domestic violence and mental health
          • Completing courses on Orthodox Jewish awareness
          • Completing courses on Islam awareness

If you would like to talk to me about counselling / poetry therapy for your self or others please feel free to pick up the phone and call me or connect with me via my contact me  page on this website.

Charmaine Pollard