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About me and my therapy practice
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Are you finding it difficult to adjust to a change in your life and feel stuck? Or maybe, you feel lost, distressed or alone and feel you can't escape? Do you experience anxiety, low mood or depression stopping you making decisions? Would you like to improve your relationships? Or perhaps you feel hopeless, stressed, sad or uncertain and not know the reason why?
I know at times in our life whether we are an adult or young person life can feel tough and we find ourselves struggling making us feel overwhelmed or confused. You may have a good support network but might be finding it hard to talk through what you are experiencing. Very often, talking to someone who isn’t emotionally involved can help you to understand yourself without the fear of being judged. I understand the decision to begin counselling can feel like a big step and it may be difficult to ask for help.
I'm Em, a friendly, warm down to earth Counsellor. I work within a Person-Centred approach which means I put emphasis on you being at the centre of the counselling process. When we meet I will provide you with a safe space by offering you respect without judgement as you speak freely to make sense of your world at this time. I will give you the time to explore your innermost self, work through the difficulties you are experiencing and support you to find the answers to enable you to move forward and take control of your life.
I work with both adults and young people from the age of 11 years onwards.
I find taking a creative approach to counselling alongside talking can be helpful, when appropriate. I tailor my approach to you but do understand you may not want to use this approach which is completely fine. Creative techniques can be really useful not only for young people but also adults. These techniques can help you to process emotions and experiences and see things in a different way that you may have never thought of before.
I provide flexible confidential individual counselling to young people and adults in the UK.
Sessions for individuals are for 1 hour, this allows time for you to get settled, 50 minutes of counselling and time to check out.
I am based in Bacup, East Lancashire for face to face sessions and have a home-based practice which is both quiet and private. I can offer online or telephone sessions if preferred.
I am a fully qualified counsellor where my counselling work is fully supervised with up to date indemnity insurance, a clear enhanced DBS certificate, GDPR Compliant and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) where I adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
My counselling experience includes working with Mind, Place2Be, Psychological Service for children and young people with a diagnosis of autism or ADHD and Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) offering counselling to young people or adults.
In addition I have over 25 years’ experience of supporting children and young people in various settings, including primary and secondary schools, services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), homeless shelter and residential and children’s home. I understand the difficulties and stress education staff and children are put under to achieve academic success as well as how difficult the teenage years can be and the issues that surrounding this.
My first session
Whether you are seeking counselling for yourself or your child for the first time or have tried it before, I completely understand it can feel very challenging to think about getting in touch and most importantly find the right person for you or your child. I never underestimate the courage it takes to make the first step to reach out for support as I have been there too. I recognise it is very important you connect with your counsellor and I invite you to get in contact for a brief initial call to see how we might work together or have a look at my website for further information. I respond to every enquiry; please ensure you check your voicemail or spam/junk email folders.
My First Session
During our first session together we will start to get to know each other. We will complete an assessment form where you can share at your own pace what has been happening in your life whilst understanding what your hopes are for counselling.
Everyone’s journey in counselling is different and I offer both short and long term counselling. We will have regular reviews to check in on the changes in your life and whether more sessions would be of value to you. You will have full control on whether you would like to continue or not.
Sessions are £50 payable by bank transfer at the beginning of the session to secure your appointment. Reduced rates are available for full time students.
What I can help with
Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Neurodiversity, OCD, Phobias, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Creative therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Solution focused brief therapy
Clients I work with
Adults, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, Trainees, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy, Time-limited