About

Molly2020

My name is Molly van der Weij. I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor, which means that of a wide variety of therapeutic approaches I will apply what feels most natural and suited to working with you. Your well-being is my main concern in the working relationship we will build.

I will accompany you alongside your work on yourself, with the aim to support you or your process of getting to know your feelings and thoughts, your needs and wishes. Counselling is a reflective process in order to find clarity, peace of mind or gain helpful insights for making positive changes or heal from deep-rooted issues.

I am member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by their Ethical Framework.

Born in the Netherlands and living over twenty years abroad I have multi-cultural and multi-lingual experience of working closely with people.

I currently work as a counsellor in private practice in Bath, and as staff counsellor (for NHS Hospital Trust, University and College). With a professional background in visual communication and design research, I have over 25 years of experience as visual translator of people's inner workings, such as the felt experience of chronic pain, serious illness or living with disabilities.

Visual translation is a specific expertise in empathetic listening and clarifying the clients words through imaging. This way of externalising people's inner processes (whether they are ideas, feelings or thoughts) into an image is a delicate and dynamic communication tool that can aid the therapeutic process, and is available in our work together if you would like to take advantage of it.

Qualifications

Humanistic and Integrative Counselling (DipHIC)

Member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (membership number 00964371)

Member of the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC)

Master of Arts & Design (with Distinction): specialist in visual communication and communication design.

Experience

Areas of expertise: involuntary childlessness, living with cancer, grief, end of life, facing death, relationship breakdown, trauma, cultural differences, pain management, communication issues.

I work since 2017 as Staff Counsellor for a NHS Hospital Trust, University and College. As such I have supported people with a wide range of issues, including relationship problems, anxiety, low self-esteem, loss and bereavement, dealing with illness, trauma, workplace stress and bullying, and depression.

Since 2000 I have worked as specialist design-researcher in visual communication for healthcare organisations in the UK and Norway. In this capacity I have worked one-on-one with a wide variety of clients, such as people suffering from chronic pain or serious illness, to those living with disabilities.

Being employed at a research department at the University Hospital in North Norway as Special Consultant (2000-2006) I applied my artistic skills both as a method to visually capture essential information and communicate specific issues, as well as a tool to aid understanding and help develop healthcare services, and worked closely together with patients, healthcare professionals and researchers.