Angela Brooke , Dip Integrative Counselling Registered Member MBACP
3 East Hill
Are you going through a difficult time ? Talking to a counsellor may help. I am a warm and empathic counsellor and I work with a wide variety of adults of all ages, including vulnerable adults and young people.
People come to counselling for a variety of reasons.Some find themselves battling with feelings of depression,anxiety. lack of confidence or anger. Others find themselves struggling with the feelings associated with loss.This can be due to bereavement,divorce, redundancy or even the children leaving home. Counselling is not a magic cure and does not work for everyone but talking in confidence to an empathic counsellor can be beneficial ; fostering both the processing of difficult feelings and a sense of resilience to better deal with what life throws at us.The effect of just being listened to for those who may have hitherto struggled to be heard can be both powerful and empowering.
I have often been asked how counselling is any different or more effective than talking to a good friend. A counsellor is not a friend and a good counsellor will not try to be your friend. With friendship comes expectations. A good counsellor will not judge you or have expectations of you. A good counsellor will not be disappointed in you or expect you to be 'nice'. And they will not repeat what you have told them to friends or family members. Although talking openly to someone who is not your friend may seem odd at first if your counsellor is genuine, compassionate and empathic you will with time hopefully be able to trust her/him enough to be open about your feelings allowing you to establish what is really going on for you without being hampered and confused by the judgements and expectations of others.
If you feel you may benefit from talking, in confidence, to an empathic, ethical counsellor who exercises gentleness and sensitivity in her approach you can contact me either by phone or email and we can see if,together, we can help you work through what is causing you distress .
I am an Integrative, humanistic counsellor. By integrative I mean that I draw on more than one discipline and integrate them in my working. I work in a largely person-centred way which means that when we work together you will remain at the centre of the process and I will offer you a safe space free from judgement in which you can explore your feelings. I draw on psychodynamic theory in that I take seriously the effect of the past on the present and unconscious communication between people.Psychodynamic theory can help people better understand themselves and why they do what they do.This can be especially helpful in understanding and beginning to dismantle destructive and unhelpful patterns of behaviour and ways of relating to others. I am interested in Gestalt theory which is concerned with how we hold memories in our body and how through noticing and listening to our body and other creative expression we can gently bring what we are unaware of into awareness. I am also interested in mindfulness and cognitive behaviour therapy and have seen how these can help with depression, anxiety and negative thought patterns.When I say I am a humanistic counsellor I mean that I work in a holistic way as opposed to just looking at symptoms and that I value and respect the creativity, uniqueness and potential of every human being.
I work from the my private practice in Holbrook which is about eight miles from both Ipswich and Manningtree and from the Life Force Centre on East Hill in Colchester.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA Hons Humanities / Dip Integrative Counselling/ Registered Member MBACP
I have worked with a variety of people with a wide range of issues.These include depression, trauma, anxiety, loss in its many forms including bereavement, divorce, redundancy etc , low self-esteem, relationship issues,obsessive compulsive disorder and problems around anger amongst others.I have worked extensively with survivors of rape and sexual abuse.I have also worked with mothers of children who have been abused.It has been my privilege to work creatively with a wide variety of clients in this field including young people, vulnerable adults and people with learning difficulties.
As a registered member of the BACP I am committed to ethical best practice and in keeping with BACP requirements continue to broaden my knowledge and experience through CPD or continuous professional development.
I have completed experiential CPD in furthering my understanding of working with psychodynamic phenomena such as transference, counter -transference projection and projective identification. Having a better understanding of these helps in understanding how and why we relate to others in the way that we do.
I have completed 28 hours of training to enable me to work with those affected by rape and sexual abuse.
I have completed training in working with victims of domestic abuse.
I have completed Level 2 Safeguarding Children training.
I have completed CPD training in working creatively with young people. This includes working with sand tray and art. Those who find talking difficult can benefit from this way of working.
I have completed CPD training in working creatively using Gestalt techniques which involve working creatively with art and metaphor and the body to bring unconscious feelings into awareness. This can be as simple as bringing into awareness the different way we feel when walking with our head down and walking with our spine stretched and our head held up to meet others' eyes.
I have completed CPD training in working with brain injured clients.
I have regular supervision with an experienced and knowledgeable supervisor.
I hold an up-to-date Enhanced DBS certificate.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
My fees are £30 for 50 minutes. Sessions are normally held weekly at the same time. I reserve a few sessions each week for students, pensioners and other people who may currently struggle to find £30 per session. Do not worry about mentioning this when inquiring I understand that money can be tight .
My private practice is situated in a pleasant, quiet street with on road parking.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am available at various times between 9am and 9pm from Monday to Saturday.