Ellen Bainbridge

Ellen Bainbridge

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Southampton

Southampton So45
Sessions from £40.00


About me and my therapy practice

I am a humanistic Gestalt counsellor incorporating CBT in my way of working.

I am passionate about helping my clients to let go of feelings of shame, guilt or not feeling good enough. Change is scary but it can feel amazing and powerful when you feel supported in it. 

I welcome inquiries by text, email and telephone and look forward to answering any questions you may have. We will discuss what you are hoping to explore and how I will work with you.

Some people feel quite nervous about speaking out, sometimes for the first time, about personal problems and this is something I do understand. The most important person is you and you can set the pace, choose when to stop and how far you go in any session. My job is to support you and help you to feel safe as you embark on a journey of discovery about you.

If you feel that we are a good match then we can arrange a time to meet. This can be for a 30 minute no obligation free discussion so that you can make a decision about whether to proceed with counselling with me.

Practice description

At present, my practice is completely  online and I have no way of knowing when this will change. 

I operate with a number of video calling options including facetime and zoom. 

I encourage anyone who is considering online counselling to choose a platform that they are confident is secure and to have researched it thoroughly. 

Having a quiet and secure place to video chat is very important as clients should feel confident that their confidentiality is not breached. 

My first session

Your initial session will begin with my taking down some details and getting a picture of your situation and agreeing timescale and cost. I will explain a little more about how I work and will ask if you have any further questions.

Following this we will begin to explore your issue.  I like to offer some simple methods of managing emotions for my clients to begin immediately putting in to practice and I must warn you that I feel homework is important! 

Gestalt counselling, which is my core approach, uses a variety of ways of allowing the unconscious to express itself. I am comfortable integrating CBT, solution focused approach and can also use art, sandtray work, use of objects.

However, I will use only methods that you are comfortable with and often talking therapy is enough. Sometimes I may offer you the option of using art, objects or2 chair work.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Depression, Health related issues, Life coaching, Loss, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Relationships, Self esteem, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited