About Me

As a qualified psychodynamic and integrative counsellor and psychotherapist (BACP Registered and Senior Accredited), I offer both brief focused and longer-term counselling and psychotherapy in Leicester (LE1) to individuals and couples+. I am a senior accredited member of, and adhere to, the comprehensive Ethical Framework laid down by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), a regulating and professional body. I have full Professional Indemnity insurance cover.

I have particular expertise in areas of difference and diversity, and the impact of early separation on adult relationships. I work with individual adults and adolescents, and with couples+, and cover a range of issues including: 

  • Abortion
  • Abuse
  • Addictive/compulsive behaviours
  • Adoption (attachment/impact on adult relationships)
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment
  • Autism/Aspergers
  • Bereavement
  • Biopolar difficulties
  • Body Image
  • Body dysphoria
  • Bullying
  • Childhood experiences
  • Communication difficulties
  • Cultural differences
  • Depression
  • Difference & diversity
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce
  • Domestic abuse
  • Eating difficulties
  • Emotional abuse
  • Emotional incontinence
  • Exam/performance anxiety
  • Family difficulties
  • Forced Marriage
  • Gender diversity
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Grief
  • Guilt
  • Identity
  • Isolation
  • LGBTTQI
  • Life changes/crisis
  • Loss 
  • Loss of limb/major surgery
  • Low self-worth/esteem
  • Marriage difficulties
  • Mid-life difficulties
  • Miscarriage
  • Panic
  • Parent/Infant bonding
  • Pet loss
  • Physical abuse
  • Premature birth/incubation, impact of
  • Redundancy
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Religion
  • Reparenting
  • Self-regulation
  • Separation
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual concerns
  • Sexuality
  • Sexual diversity
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Spiritual abuse
  • Stress
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Transition
  • Trauma
  • Twins, difficulties relating to
  • Work related difficulties

I currently work in private practice full time. I have previously provided short-term counselling at the University of Leicester Student Counselling Service, mid-term counselling at the University of Leicester Counselling & Psychotherapy Research Clinic, and long-term therapy at Leicester Counselling Centre.

I am committed to continuing professional development and presented my research, “a qualitative study of critical learning incidents of recently qualified therapists working with LGBT clients”, at the BACP Research Conference in May 2011. This has since been published in Counselling and Psychotherapy Research 2013. 

My article “Diversity: are we doing enough?” has been published in Private Practice 2019; March: 26-29. 

Baines-Ball & Associates: Counselling, Psychotherapy and Clinical Supervision in Leicester