Lois Hurst Dip. Counselling MBACP (Accred).

Lois Hurst  Dip. Counselling  MBACP (Accred).

Isle Of Wight

07411 434075

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Isle Of Wight

07411 434075

About me

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.

I am a BACP accredited counsellor and an EMDR Europe accredited practitioner.

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
Voice Dialogue

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.

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I charge £50 per 1 hour counselling/EMDR session for individuals and £65 per session for couples.   Concessionary rates are sometimes available.  EMDR and couples' sessions may occasionally run over the hour at no extra cost.

Further information

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.

Maps & Directions

Ryde, PO33

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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