My Qualities & Commitment to You
My name is Heather Kerry and my approach is humanistic and integrative. My warmth will assist you to talk openly about your emotions and feelings. I am non-judgemental, trustworthy and genuine and this will enable a collaborative working relationship to develop between us. As a chronic pain sufferer myself, I am committed to helping you to manage your pain. I also provide a good standard of care for you by being aware of my own self-care, on-going training, experience and limitations and would refer you on when appropriate or if I felt unable to assist you.
I am professionally trained and qualified with Sheffield Hallam University which is a BACP accredited counselling course and I receive regular supervision. I am also a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) which is a recognised professional body. www.bacp.co.uk
BACP’s Ethical Framework encourages me to develop my personal qualities of empathy, sincerity, integrity, resilience, respect, humility, competence, fairness, wisdom and courage.
EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING
On the morning of 28th June 2006, I attended an interview at Sheffield Hallam University for the Higher Counselling Diploma course. That same afternoon in the blink of an eye my life was turned upside down. I found myself in agony at Chesterfield Hospital’s A&E department and having an emergency operation to my abdomen. I had suddenly and violently become the innocent victim of a horrendous car crash when a van swerved onto my side of the road and hit me head on. As a result I lost my job as a GP’s receptionist and had to defer my place at university for two years consecutively.
Over the next four years my timetable mainly consisted of numerous operations to my abdomen, clavicle and limbs, physiotherapy, dentistry work, specialist consultations and counselling. However during this time I also completed the two year counselling diploma at Sheffield Hallam University. My counsellor helped me enormously to regain my self-confidence, get back in the driving seat (literally) and deal with my depression and anxiety. And she helped me to learn to cope with the distress of Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition which was triggered by the crash and still plagues me today on a daily basis.
In 2010, I began work as a help-line operator for Brake the road safety charity, supporting people seriously injured and/or traumatically bereaved by car crashes. I eventually qualified as a BACP approved counsellor and soon began looking for premises to rent and set up my own private counselling practice. In July 2011, I joined my physiotherapist Jenny Manners at Meadowhead Physiotherapy. She and I firmly believed in the cyclical nature and debilitating effects of psychological and emotional distress and physical pain and we worked as a great team to address these issues. Today I work from my garden room and my work with clients also includes a whole host of problems such as, anxiety, depression, bereavement, anger, relationship difficulties and low self-esteem, self-confidence and self-worth.
I am an eternal optimist and living proof that with true grit and determination partnered with professional counselling people can learn to deal with their problems and live more harmoniously.
I invite you to make a counselling appointment to explore your black cloud and find that silver lining.