Lois Hurst Dip. Counselling MBACP (Accred).
I offer confidential counselling and EMDR in Ryde and Newport on the Isle of Wight. My aim is always to create a safe and nurturing space in which you can explore your concerns.
I work both individually and with couples.
My love of working with people therapeutically goes back over 25 years when I began working as a Rebirther and then as a Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist. Over the years I acquired many skills and 5 years ago I decided it was time to find a way to consolidate them, hence my training and qualification in Integrative Counselling. My Integrative approach to counselling means that I look at things holistically, taking into account body, mind, spirit and the environment we find ourselves in.
Some people come to counselling for short term, solution focused work. This is usually in response to a particular problem such as panic attacks, phobias or anxiety about a work or relationship issue. Others come to counselling for longer term work to explore deeper issues such as childhood abuse, eating disorders, long standing anxiety or depression. Some people are not sure what they need. They may have a feeling that all is not well in their world and that life is somehow passing them by. An initial assessment appointment can usually help to clarify what is needed. I enjoy both short term and long term work.
Whether, short term or more in depth, I see counselling as a process whereby you can be gently supported whilst you explore and work through issues that are interfering with the quality of your life. Counselling is a quiet space in which to stand back from the stresses of life and from this quieter, more objective place, new perspectives can emerge.
Whilst I am happy to work with a variety of issues, my special interests are binge eating disorder bulimia, anxiety, depression, and working with survivors of childhood abuse. I also specialise in bereavement counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I gained a Diploma in Integrative Counselling at the Minster Centre in London.
In addition to my Hypnotherapy and Hypnohealing qualifications I have certificates in Health Kinesiology, Reflexology and Reiki Healing which I taught for many years alongside my therapy practice.
Additional trainings I have completed include:
Emotionally Focused Couples Externiship
EMDR (Levels 1 ,2, 3 & 4)
Working with survivors of abuse
Working with self-harm
Suicide awareness training
Working with trauma
I have also completed a Foundation course in Psychosynthesis
In addition to my private practice I have extensive experience of working as a counsellor in a hospice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Adoption issues
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Compulsive hoarding
- Couples counselling
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Postnatal depression
- Pre-nuptial counselling
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work related stress
I charge £45 per session. Concessionary rates are sometimes available.
I see people at Watchbell House Natural Therapy Centre in Newport, Lake Natural Therapy Centre, and at Ryde Chriopractic and Complementary Therapy Clinic. If you have a disability which prevents you from accessing either of these places, I will consider seeing you in your own home.
Type of session
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