Hello, my name is Annette Lilley and I began my journey into counselling in 2001 when I volunteered for ChildLine as a telephone counsellor. I then attended The University of Birmingham and qualified as an Integrative Counsellor in 2007.
Integrative counselling is an approach that offers a framework to integrate various counselling approaches, so that the appropriate approach can be used for each individual. This works well with my personal philosophy of seeing all human beings as unique individuals. I therefore work in a non pathologising way, preferring not to think in terms of what is wrong with someone, but rather ask what has happened in a person’s life that is leading to emotional and mental distress.
I have completed further training in therapeutic Mindfulness and integrate this into my counselling work as well as offering Mindfulness separately for individuals as well as small groups.
I completed training through MHFA England to deliver some of their Mental Health First Aid courses in early 2019 and offer these courses to individuals and organisations, both online and in person.
Since qualifying I have worked both within private practice and within a large secondary school in Birmingham working with both adults and young people. I am currently focusing on working with adults within my counselling practice. I work with young people and families within my mindfulness work, with individuals as well as small groups. I train adults in Mental Health First Aid for those working with children and with adults.
- BA Top Up Counselling Studies (1st)
- DipHe Integrative Counselling
- Professional Training in the Therapeutic use of Mindfulness
- Applied Suicide Intervention Training (ASIST)
- Good Autism Practice, Level 3
- Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor
- Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor