My name is Diana Simpson-Hinds I am a qualified and experienced Psychotherapist and the owner of Blooming Families. I am a recognised member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I have been supporting families and individuals experiencing family trauma since 2004, in varied capacities in the community, primary and secondary education, private and public sector, and have been in private practice since 2011 in the Barbados and UK.
My personal experience of family trauma has made me enthusiastic about helping families overcome their pain.
I feel privileged to be in the position of facilitating the therapeutic space helping families move from dysfunction to functioning.
The families who access my service have complained of the emotional blocks that have prevented them from hearing each other as a result have become disengaged. They are surprised that after 2 sessions they have a better understanding of each other, are open to expressing feelings, listen to each other, and feel heard enabling them to build trust and make closer connections.
I utilise an integrative approach to supporting families with their issues and provide a safe space to talk openly. In as little as six weeks families or individuals have the tools to help them improve their communication and create the relationships they deserve.
I have 18 years of experience working with families within education, social services, organisations, supporting communities, and in private practice. I have a BA honors degree in psychology and counselling studies, a master’s in psychology and I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
My passion to help families struggling with their relationship was inspired by my role as a Housing Support Worker, in special needs housing. It was there I had the opportunity to support people from diverse backgrounds rehabilitating ex-offenders back in to the community, giving emotional support to people who experienced mental, physical and emotional abuse, persons impacted by substance misuse of drugs or alcohol, and young people estranged from their family.
I found myself drawn to those impacted by family trauma. This motivated me to participate in a counselling course which took me on a journey to understand myself and address my family issues. Hence, my decision to work in the school environments, social services, and as a young person’s counsellor, as I believed that the earlier therapy starts it equips us with the practical tools to overcome our trauma so we do not repeat behavioural patterns.