Liz Silverston MBACP (Accred) Post Graduate Diploma in Couple Counselling
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I am a qualified BACP Accredited Registered Counsellor. .
I work with individuals with anxiety, depression,OCD ,self harming and bereavement. I can also help if you have low self esteem ,self wortth and self confidence and I explore feelings like shame, anger, guilt and blame.I have a background working in Psychiatry and work closely with a Psychiatrist who reguarly refers clients to me.
I also specialise in working with young people over the age of 16 and trained as a Young Peoples Counsellor at Relate
I am a Relate trained counsellor and have a Post Graduate Diploma in Couple Counselling.
With relationship counselling I see couples who want to explore the impact and meaning of an affair, jealousy, the ending of a relationship, separation or divorce, There may be communication difficulties and assumptions being made leading to resentments. You may have difficulties committing or move from one relationship to another and want to make sense of that.We will look at your needs and expectaions and then explore your hopes and fears for the future of your relationships.
I work in a truly collaborative way with you where by I see us working through issues in the counselling process in order to understand and make sense of them in a neutral space and be able to to put your point across in a heard and safe environment. Its about clearing barriers and having the potential to re-write your story .
I always take time to acknowledge your bravery in taking the initial decision to come to counselling as it is not an easy option and can be a very painful process. The time spent in the sessions will enable you to look at yourself and your relationships in a different and healthier way.I can't guarantee that you will leave me singing ang dancing into the sunset but I will try and enable you to have new tools and strategies for managing your life and to make informed decisions regarding your future. In other words I hope to allow you to effect change and to be in a place of certainty or perhaps safe uncertainty,which is often a more comfortable place to be.
My experience has informed me that systemic ideas and questioning can promote change and create difference. I like the concept particularly of curiosity and feel that part of my work is around enabling you also to be curious and to ask questions about yourselves as individuals and to help you make sense of your relationships. I feel that you can make use of your wider systems in terms of family and friends as it is perhaps unrealistic to imagine that your partner can meet all your needs and expectations.
Psychodynamic theories suggest that the past impacts on the present and I feel that it is important to explore the past and childhood not in a blaming way but to see if you, having made sense of the past, maybe want to put it in a container and put a lid on it or learn strategies to externalsie rather than internalise. Maybe that allows for the present and the future to be different.
I work with a variety of theories and see myself as an Intergrative Therapist. I am trained in the following :
CBT-this helps you to change your thinking errors and NATS ( negative automative thoughts ) and to challenge these by finding alternative more helpful thoughts.
Solution Focused Therapy-goal setting and focusing on solveable problems.
Systemic Therapy- this is where you address the present on an individual level and also your relationships to discover interrelational patterns and dynamics. Within this theory are the concepts of of curiosity, taking an observer perspective,hypothesising and speculating.
Attachment Therapy- this is the ability for you to grow, branch out, take risks and develop a personality through a sense of stability and security. I will encourage you to axplore your attachments to others and thus endeavour to create a secure base.
Mindfulness -which simply means awareness-' living in the moment,notice what is happening and make choices in how you respond to your experience rather than being driven by habitual reactions'- Vidyamala Burch
I offer brief and long term counselling and it is important for me to reflect on the counselling process at regular intervals to be certain that you find the process helpful. I will ask what has been useful and perhaps what could be better or different and I feel that this is an ethical way of working. If I do not have the expertise to help you I will refer you to another professional or agency.Sometimes where appropriate I might suggest a task or a book between sessions.
I will look to increase your self worth, confidence and self esteem and empower you by reducing the need for compartmentalising behaviours , self sabotaging and internalising unhelpful feelings. We will look to answer or at least try and understand the questions ; Who am I ? Where am I? Where do I want to be? What are the resourses within and around me that I can use and what is stopping me?
If you leave me with the tools and strategies to manage your lives in a different way then I feel that I have done my job.
Finally I am passionate about my work as a counsellor, and feel privileged to be a part of the journey you are making in your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Continuing Professional Development is ongoing.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy,.
I am qualified as an individual and couple counsellor having gained a Relate Certificate in Couple Counselling 2006,a Graduate Certificate in Foundation in Couple Counselling in 2005 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy in 2007
I am a Bupa Recognised Counsellor ,Aviva , Cigna Health and Vitality Health Provider
I am a Relate trained youth counsellor.
I have a Diploma in Occupational Therapy with six years counselling experience working in Mental Health as a Senior Psychiatric OT
I worked as a Drugs Counsellor within the Worcester Community Drugs Team.
I offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Minfulness
I am bound working ethically within the Counselling profession to access ongoing training at regular intervals.
I am bound by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy and subject to its professional conduct procedure.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
Sessions are 50 minutes
£65 day time and evenings
£70 weekend mornings
I use comfortable private rooms.
Daytime,evening and weekend appointments available,
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
mornings,evenings and weekends
Types of client