Wendy Hooker Cert, HND, PG Cert, PG Dip, MSc (MBACP)

Wendy Hooker Birmingham-therapyI am a fully qualified, professional, ethical and experienced therapist who has been practising in the health and social care field for over 20 years. During this time I have worked for the NHS where I managed a team of therapists, a substance misuse service, a rape and sexual violence service and a mental health and sexual health service.

Alongside private practise I currently work for a mental health and emotional wellbeing service providing counselling and psychotherapy for anxiety disorders and depression. I also run a range of psycho-educational programmes teaching life skills to promote emotional resilience and a positive sense of well-being. These include stress and relaxation, mindfulness, tai chi and laughter yoga.

I have provided training and ran workshops at conferences on mental health, emotional wellbeing and associated issues.


My qualifications are;

I provide psychotherapy from an integrative stand point which means I incorporate all three of the major psychotherapeutic approaches depending on an individual’s need.

These are:

Humanistic Person Centred Therapy

This approach originates from the work of Carl Rogers who believed that by the therapist actively demonstrating what he termed the three core conditions; authenticity, empathy and an unconditional positive regard then change, progression and development towards an individual’s full potential will naturally occur. The therapist is neither directive nor acts as an expert on somebody else’s life, instead trusting that by demonstrating the core conditions and facilitating an environment of warmth and safety together with the employment of therapeutic skills, individuals will start to find their own solutions.

Psychodynamic and Attachment Therapy:

Originally based on the work of Freud and later John Bowlby, this approach looks at how our past and in particular early relationships with significant others can affect us in the present day. Sometimes we may unconsciously play out early attachment patterns which can cause difficulties in adult relationships. This therapy seeks to increase awareness and understanding of learned unhelpful ways of relating to others and identify how we can change these so we can have more satisfying, equal and healthy relationships in the present day.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) :

Originating from two separate approaches; Cognitive Therapy and Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy looks at the link between how our cognitions (thoughts) can affect how feel, behave and our physiology. This approach in contrast to the above two can be quite directive and educational with the use of collaboratively agreed homework assignments to further learning in between sessions. The aim of CBT is for the client to learn a new set of skills to manage their issues enabling them to become their own therapist.

I have worked with a diverse range of individuals over the years and have extensive experience of working with people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. Some of the issues I have worked with include:

I offer a 30 minute free initial assessment. This is to broadly identify the issues someone is bringing to therapy and explore if we both feel comfortable working together. My fees are £50 for a 1 hour session. I do offer some concessionary rates for students and those on a low income. Please enquire for further details. I am a registered member of the BACP.

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