I am Wendy Blenman, a London-based Experienced Qualified Integrative Counsellor, Clinical and Reflective Supervisor, Mentor and Coach, Lecturer, Workshop Leader, and CPCAB Trainer working in Private Practice. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN).
Working interculturally, I am passionate about supporting young people and families presenting with issues such as relationships, trauma, bereavement, and loss. I also bring an intuitive, holistic approach to my work.
Coaching became an aspect of my practice in 2012 whilst working as a counsellor at a sixth form college in Surrey; I incorporated these skills with my counselling skills to make the service more user-friendly to young people who were not keen on counselling but wanted a service that offered emotional support with short intervention and outcomes.
Since beginning my counselling career in 1995, I have worked across a variety of settings including Education and Family Centres. Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Person Centred, Psychodynamic and Solution Focused models, I work with a diversity of client groups with varying abilities and backgrounds. Clients include children in care and care leavers, as well as people who have experienced historical abuse.
I offer short and long term Counselling and coaching sessions to children from 5 years old, young people, adults and couples.
Throughout my career, I have continually developed my skillset with training and attending conferences and seminars.
In 2004 I added individual and group Clinical Supervision to my practice, which enabled me to work with trainee and qualified in Counsellors in private practice, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services, young people’s counselling organisations and educational establishments. In addition, I have worked with domestic violence organisations offering Reflective Supervision to staff.
I became a Specialist Mentor at the University in London in 2016, working with students with mental health and learning disabilities.
In 2012 I was privileged to visit the University of West Indies to lecture to a group of young people at the Summer School course on Communication and Listening Skills.
Furthermore, I have delivered the below workshop as co-facilitated with other professionals on a number or other courses on a voluntary and paid basis:
- Volunteer Coach4Care Coach for St Christopher’s Hospice, which [explain here briefly what services the hospice offers].
- Self-esteem and confidence workshops at Feltham Prison and Love2dance dance company.
- As part of the College Sixth Form Summer activities programme I trained two groups of young people through the CPCAB (counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) course who qualified with level ICSK-L2 certificates. I also delivered a one-day workshop to one group of support staff who gained certificates in Introduction to Interpersonal Skills: Listening and Helping for Professionals
- Counselling Grenfell Tower Residents who were traumatised and made homeless by the horrific fire in 2017 via the Hestia Hotel Counselling Project.