Practitioners / Teachers » Jacqueline Bird
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
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.
For more information, please telephone 07775794130
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
Issues that children and young people experience and bring to counselling...
Grief and loss
Parental fall outs
Parents going through separation or divorce
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
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
Problems people bring to psychosexual therapy include :-
loss of sexual desire
difficulties with orgasm
premature or delayed ejaculation
sexual difficulties following abuse
general breakdown in a couples relationship
not being able to achieve penetrative sex
fear of sex
pregnancy and postnatal sex
sexuality and illness
poor body image relating to intimacy.
Working with Relationships (couples and individuals)
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 :-
Alcohol issues ,
Step family relationships,
And many more
Counselling for children and young people
Relationship counselling supporting couples and individuals
Working with families, children and young people
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)
Certificate in Family Therapy