Associate Counsellors

        Counsellors who are associated with the

Heart and Mind Family

 Billie-Jane Brown is our Tilbury Associate

Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Contact her at
07394 617087 or billie@heartandmind.co.uk

About me 

I am a compassionate and down to earth person with a welcoming nature. My intention as a therapist is to offer you my support and create a comfortable confidential space where you have a chance to be heard and feel understood. I hope together we can build a relationship based on trust so you feel safe enough to freely explore and express your experiences, thoughts and feelings without being judged. My aim is to work alongside you, while together we identify what you hope to gain from therapy, your personal needs or goals and raise self -awareness surrounding the issues that you may be facing in your life. I am a person centered therapist- which means that I hold an inner belief that each individual has resources within that when discovered and tapped into can enable a person to live a more fulfilling and satisfying life. Each person is unique and therapy is different for every person and my goal is to discover what is suitable for you and tailor to your needs. I believe that experiencing challenges and difficulties in our lives is all part of being human and it is completely natural to feel that we may need some extra support.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy and I adhere to the ethical framework that they provide. I am committed to working safely with clients and have regular clinical supervision to promote ethical practice.

Training, qualifications and Experience

My working background and current role has been in the area of independent care and community work for over 15 years. I have supported clients and family members who are experiencing disabilities or mental health difficulties. My goal is to offer services that enable people to manage their lives independently at home and stay active in the community.

Being a carer and working alongside clients, other carers and their families helped me recognize that I wanted a career in counseling. Supporting others feels natural to me and I became aware how much I value and respect the emotional well being of others. Wanting to further my career I began training in 2013 completing counseling skills and theory courses. I attended Southend University in 2015-2017 and graduated with a level 4 diploma in Therapeutic Counseling in October 2017. I believe strongly in continuing professional development and have completed mini courses and workshops on Awareness in Mental Health, Bereavement, Domestic violence, CBT, Motivational Interviewing and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Children.

During my training I worked with a range of client groups, beginning my work as a counselor with YPDAT (Young Person’s Drug and Alcohol team) based in Southend from 2016-2017. I gained valuable experience as a Counselor as part of a multi-disciplinary team working alongside other professionals, including key workers, social services, youth offending and domestic violence services. In 2018 I began working as a volunteer counselor at Seevic College working with adolescence experiencing exam stress and related issues .Also, 2018 I worked at Brentwood Mind with a mixture of client groups experiencing a variety of issues until unfortunately they closed their doors during 2019. I was given a great opportunity in 2019 to join a team of highly experienced counselors and supervisors at Heart and Mind where I work from home in a relaxed setting as an independent counselor.



 

James

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. The pace was well managed and it felt gentle enough to address my personal needs for exploration but remained focused on the aims of the day. I felt that I had been given the opportunity to address addiction through my own experience of it and in a way which enabled me to apply this to my work with clients. I felt very safe and held by you both and the group and learned a huge amount about my own processes with addiction.

Sarah

Thank you for a great day I thoroughly enjoyed it. I want to say that it was an immensely insightful and personally growthful experience.... Undoubtedly an extremely valuable learning that I am confident will significantly enhance my counselling practice and my therapeutic relationships.

Andrew

I very much enjoyed the workshop. It flowed nicely and everyone had the opportunity to interact with the group. I found it to be insightful and would definitely come again in the future.

Daisy

Thank you for yesterday's seminar, I found it most interesting as the whole essence of the day approached a subject from a direction which I had not considered before. Both of you presented the subject clearly and precisely throughout the day. That in itself is a difficult feat over a seven hour period. The very nature and depth of such a huge subject matter was covered succinctly in an experiential and informative manner.

Chris

I found your workshop on Addiction to be inspirational both professionally and personally. I enjoyed the whole day and look forward to attending future workshops.