Libby Webber, Dip H.E (Counselling), B.A (Hons), MNCS (Accred.)
02392 162 012 / 07881 623 081
I offer a safe place to talk, where you can offload your feelings, doubts, anxieties and regrets - with help and support as you find a new way forward. Appointments usually available within a week.
I'm an NCS-accredited counsellor with 10 years' experience as a therapist and, before that, many years' experience as a trainer and mentor. My counselling practice is based in Southsea, and I also offer telephone, Skype and Facetime sessions.
I can help you with:
- feeling more positive
- resolving old hurts
- reducing stress and anxiety
- improving self-esteem and self-confidence
- enhancing self-awareness
- getting over a bereavement or a change in life circumstances
- boosting your belief in your ability to make positive changes
- finding meaning in life when it seems to have disappeared
How I work
"Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end" (Robin Sharma)
I believe that everyone has the ability to make changes in their lives, but I agree with the self-help writer Robin Sharma that it can be difficult and that sometimes self-doubt, anxiety or pain (physical or emotional) can get in the way and stop us making different choices about how we feel, think or behave.
I work by helping you get a sense of perspective on what you're feeling and thinking, nurturing a sense of self-compassion and understanding - because being harsh and self-critical towards our own selves can only hold us back.
How do I do this? By building a warm and supportive therapeutic relationship, within which you - the client - can feel safe to bring difficult, painful, frightening or shame-filled experiences into the open, so as to reduce the hold they have over you and help you move on.
I offer support and encouragement through what can be difficult times, by sitting alongside you as you begin to make changes.
Getting started in counselling
I know it can be difficult to take those first steps into starting counselling - I've been there myself. The first thing I can offer you is a free 10-15-minute phone call, so that we can get a sense what each other is like and whether we're a good 'fit' for working together.
We can also talk a little bit about what you want to get out of counselling and what your questions are at this stage.
If that feels right, then we'll arrange a first appointment at a mutually convenient time - usually within about a week. I'll then send you (by text or email) my full address details.
In the first session, there's time to talk in more detail about what's troubling you, and we can decide what to focus on and how many sessions we might need. At the end of the session, we'll book in for a second one - ideally, it's most effective if we see each other weekly, at least at the beginning, but I do understand that this isn't always possible. I'm open to discussing what's realistic for you.
If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, then please click here to go to the Contact page of my website: http://www.southseacounselling.co.uk/how-to-contact-me/
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a great deal of experience in working with individuals at all stages of their lives; from students at school, college and university all the way through to people of retirement age. During and after my training, I gained two years experience in local counselling agencies before opening my private practice in 2009. In that time, I've helped people on a very wide range of issues; offering a kind, supportive and objective perspective which might not be available from other people in your life.
Athough I'm happy to work on a range of issues, I have particular skills and experience in working with anxiety, disability and long-term health worries, and with people experiencing what's often called a 'midlife crisis'.
If you'd like to know more about my counselling service, please contact me for a free 15-minute, no-obligation call.
My training was completed at Southampton University with a Diploma in Integrative Counselling; I have completed further professional training in:
- Using art materials in counselling
- Mindful Recovery from Addiction
- Understanding and working with M.E (myalgic encephalopathy) in counselling
- Working with creative materials in therapy and supervision
- Focusing-Oriented Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Working with young people experiencing depression
- Working with addictions
- Working with anxiety
- Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
I'm also a trainer on disability issues for therapists, with an online training course and tailored face to face workshops. And in collaboration with a colleague, I run online and face to face workshops for members of the public on living well with anxiety.
If you're interested in booking a telephone, FaceTime or Skype session, please email me in the first instance so that we can exchange online contact details.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
'Meaning of life' or existential issues
Becoming a step-parent (for individuals, not couples)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Existential therapy
- My standard counselling fee is £45 per 50-minute session.
- If you're aged between 12 and 21, or if you are a full-time college or university student (of whatever age), I charge £40 per session. I will need to see a valid student ID card or proof of age (e.g passport or birth certificate) at our first meeting.
- If you would like to book and pay for a block of 6 sessions in advance, then I offer a discount of £5 per session. For full-fee clients, this works out at £240 instead of £270.
Please visit http://www.southseacounselling.co.uk/appointments-and-fees/ where you will find a calendar showing opening hours.
My counselling room is at my home in Southsea. There is ample on-street parking just outside and the area is served by the Number 13 bus route. I'll give you my full address when we've arranged our first session.
Information for disabled clients: My house has a sloping path up to the front door and level access into the hallway (the front door threshold is less than an inch in height) and an accessible toilet.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I have appointments available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I can usually see you within a week.
Types of client
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