Welcome to the website of St Johns.
Hi My name is Debbie Reed I am the Practice Manager and founder of St John's Counselling & Therapy Services Ltd.
St John's is situated on the Kidderminster road,in Bromsgrove and serves - Redditch, Droitwich, Barnt Green, Alvechurch, Rubery, Studley, Worcester and South Birmingham.
St John's is a private practice, providing a service of therapists for the public, so we are independent from the NHS. Our aim is to provide a safe and supportive environment for those who are experiencing life's challenging issues.
ABOUT DEBBIE REED
Debbie Reed, BA Hons, MBACP Registered and Accredited, Advd Dip Counselling, and Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, along with a certificate in clinical supervison, established St John's Counselling Services in 2007. Debbie is also a member of, UKATA, ITA and GHR, CNHC . Debbie brings a wealth of experience to her practice and uses an integrative approach to her therapy, working with individual's on a one to one basic or with couples. Debbie has over 13 years experience working in the mental health sector.
Meet our Team of Therapists
Senior Qualified practitioners
senior status is awarded to therapists who have been practicing for 10 plus years or more
Beverley is a registered member of the BACP. Fully qualiified to Advanced Diploma, with a certificate in clinical supervision, Bev has over 10 years experience working primarily in the NHS in GP surgeries across Worcestershire. Beverley also has experience of working in the education and voluntary sectors. Bev uses an integrative approach to her therapy, working with individual's on a one to one basic and also with couples.
Jennie is a registered member of the BACP. Fully qualified to Diploma level, Trained in creative therapy approaches to developing self acceptance.
A psychotherapist with 27 years experience in private and group practice. Jennie is trained in Transactional Analysis Therapy working with Adults, Children, Couples, EAP, Older Adults, Groups, Organisations, Young People
Jennie has published a book ' The laid back guide to exams and stress' sold successfully on amazon.
KATE SPOHRER M.Ed. has almost thirty years of experience in teaching, training and enabling people of all ages to realise their potential and dreams. In addition to a formal teacher training she is an NLP Clinical Master Practitioner, Soul Advocate and Spiritual Companion.
Kate is an active writer and has published many books ; on supporting children with emotional and behavioural issues which are sold on amazon.
Junior Qualified Therapists
Junior status is awarded to therapist that have recently qualified and been practising less than 3 years
Lynn Casey Baker
Trainees have all completed their assessments to practice and are now completing placement hours
Types of Therapy
Integrative Pschotherapy approach
This is when several distinct models of counselling and psychotherapy are used together. Integrative Therapy is an approach that emphasises the value of all individuals. Practitioners attempt to integrate all aspects of the personality such as feelings, perceptions and unresolved conflicts into a cohesive whole, that can encourage their client to approach life more positively, without prejudice, pre-formed opinions or attitudes.
The Integrative psychotherapy model recognises the use of other therapeutic approaches such as humanistic, cognitive, gestalt and psychodynamic and attempts to fuse them into a approach that is of benefit to the individual. The facilitation of a person's 'wholeness' to improve their quality of life is one of the most important features of Integrative therapy.
How can it help?
Because of the flexibility in approach, Integrative psychotherapy is used to treat a wide range of emotional issues rising out of bereavement relationship problems or marriage difficulty. The approach can also be used to confront problems such as eating disorders, addiction, anxiety and anger.
St John's works with and recognises the following approach to therapies;
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Solution Focused/Brief Therapy
Client-centred/person centred therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
A type of therapy that aims to help you manage your problems by changing how you think and act.
CBT encourages you to talk about:
- how you think about yourself, the world and other people
- how what you do affects your thoughts and feelings
By talking about these things, CBT can help you to change how you think (‘cognitive’) and what you do (‘behaviour’), which can help you feel better about life.
Solution Focused/Brief Therapy
Solution Focused Brief Therapy encourages the client to talk about solutions and believe that spending too much time on problems contributes to their perpetuation, thus distracting the client from formulating solutions to their issues. It is a here-and-now type of psychotherapy that places emphasis on the present and future. Rather than analysing problems the therapists will attempt to engage the client in conversation about potential solutions, operating from the viewpoint that change is not only possible but inevitable. It is a distinctly positive approach to psychotherapy.
Solution focused therapy helps people to gain more self-awareness and people attempting to make life transitions.
Client-Centred/Person Centred Therapy
Humanistic psychotherapy involves a variety of different approaches. All humanistic therapists, whatever their discipline believe that the person is unique, that they consist of an integrated whole of which harmony and balance is integral, and that each person has the right to autonomy and respect. Much importance is placed on the relationship between client and counsellor, which is seen as an essential component in the realisation of positive change.
The aim in this approach is to provide an environment in which the client does not feel under threat or judgement. This enables the client to experience and accept more of who they are as a person, and reconnect with their own values and sense of self-worth. This reconnection with their inner resources enables them to find their own way to move forward.
It sees human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards their full potential. But this is inevitably blocked or distorted by our life experiences, in particular those who tell us we are only loved or valued if we behave in certain ways and not others, or have certain feelings and not others. As a result, because we have a deep need to feel valued, we tend to distort or deny to our awareness those of our inner experiences that we believe will not be acceptable.
The Counsellor will be working to understand the client's experience from the client's point of view, and to positively value the client as a person in all aspects of their humanity, while aiming to be open and genuine as another human being. These attitudes of the therapist towards the client will only be helpful if the client experiences them as real within the relationship, and so the nature of the relationship that the counsellor and client create between themselves is crucial for the success of therapy.
Transactional Analysis is a theory that involves an individual's growth and development. It is also a theory related to communication and child development explaining the connections to our past and how this influences decisions we make. Transactional Analysis was developed during the late 1950's by psychiatrist Eric Berne.
Berne recognised three key “ego-states” - Parent, Adult and Child. The Parent ego state is a set of thoughts, feelings and behaviours we leant from our parents and other important people. The Adult ego state relates to direct responses to the 'here and now' that are not influenced by our past. The Child ego state is a set of thoughts, feelings and behaviours learnt from our childhood. The ego-states are useful for analysing unconscious scripts and "games" people play.
Transactional Analysis seeks to identify what goes wrong in communication and provide opportunities for individuals to change repetitive patterns that limit their potential. It encourages individuals to analyse previous decisions they have made to understand the direction and patterns of their life for themselves. It also helps clients to trust their decisions and think/act as an individual improving the way they feel about themselves. TA is a humanistic approach and like Person-Centred Counselling focuses on the here and now concept.
Existential Therapy focuses on exploring the meaning of certain issues through a philosophical perspective, instead of a technique-based approach. It is appropriate for those wishing to increase their self-awareness and broaden their views on their surrounding world.
The principles of existential therapy are based on the theories of 19th and 20th century influential philosophers, such as Soren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche, who were in conflict with the predominant ideologies of their time and committed to exploring human existence in a personal manner. Existential therapy favours the idea that we are all directly responsible for our own lives, over the idea of meaningful existence and predetermined destiny. Many other philosophers, including Jean-Paul Sartre, Gabriel Marcel and Ludwig Binswanger, also contributed to the exploration of these ideas and the therapy is aimed at making sense of human existence.
Existential Therapy is generally not concerned with the client's past, but emphasises the choices to be made in the present and future.
Gestalt Therapy is a here-and-now type of therapy. Therapists encourage the client to identify their feelings or behaviour and consider how they affect their present environment. This self-awareness can then promote healing and personal growth, enabling the client to make decisions in the present context, rather than the past. Self-awareness is a key concept of Gestalt thinking.
It is influenced by Psychoanalytical theory. Practitioners focus on here-and-now experiences, in order to remove the obstacles of behaviour patterns created by past situations. Roughly translated as 'Whole', the Gestalt approach stresses the need of wholeness between mind, body and soul. Gestalt therapists seek to address conflicts that may prevent this perceived harmony.
Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy that utilises the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
The process itself aims to alter our state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind while simultaneously stimulating and focussing the subconscious part. This heightened state of awareness - reached using skilled relaxation techniques - allows the therapist to then make appropriate suggestions.
This is professional treatment that aims to offer a sense of calm in times of crisis, and help you to maintain a sense of wellbeing as you go through your everyday life. The Therapist aim is to encourage a holistic approach to living and healing. In a time where life is so fast paced and everybody is constantly on the go, it is time we all made it a priority to take a little time out to look after ourselves.
Simon Thompson operates from St John's therapy rooms. He is a professional, fully qualified Complementary Therapist, Sports Massage Therapist and Reiki Master. To book holistic therapy contact Simon direct on 07902 328184
We live in a constant changing world where we are sometimes find our minds are so busy that we forget where we are and who we are with. Mindfulness is a practice that teaches us how to be more present in the here and now. Stepping out of Automatic pilot and experiences the world at a slower pace in the now.
Debbie Reed and all counselling associates working from St John's offices are members of the BACP and all work will be guided by their code of Ethics. All Counsellors operating from St John's receive regular supervision.
St John's also offers room space for sessional hire to independent associate counsellors. For more information and availability.please contact
Debbie Reed - 07527 585011 availability.
Company Number 11061510