Bernice Sumray

Bernice Sumray

The Old Forge
75-77 Station Passage
London
E18 1JL

07974 560501

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The Old Forge
75-77 Station Passage
London
E18 1JL

07974 560501

About me

I am a person-centred counsellor who works with young people and adults.

I have worked with a wide spectrum of clients who have come to me to try and make sense of aspects of their life whether it be anxiety, an addiction, bereavement, feelings of low self-worth, to name but a few.

My way of working is client led which means you are in control of what is said in each session. I work alongside my clients, gently guiding them through the twists and turns of their journey.

For me, counselling is a chance to have a chat with someone who is neutral, who will not judge you or tell you what is best for you.

People often say that they don't need counselling as they do not have any major problems. Firstly, any problem is not too big or too small if it makes you feel down, sad, angry etc. For example, your work place is full of office politics or you are experiencing problems with a family member or friend, parenthood hasn't been what you expected, you have suffered abuse; The list is endless.

My way of working is to show warmth, empathy and compassion without any judgement or preconceived ideas. I like my clients to feel comfortable and relaxed so the sessions flow and you will not feel as anxious or nervous. The rapport we create will help you feel able to open up and explore anything that is or has been troubling you.

Please click on the link to my website to find out more about me and the service I provide, thank you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Introduction to Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • BACP Accreditation
  • Training with addiction, domestic violence, bereavement and safeguarding plus a variety of workshops.
  • I have an enhanced DBS certificate

I trained initially at the Redbridge Institute and went on to the City Lit in Covent Garden to complete the certificate and Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

I started to see clients six years ago and have worked in a variety of settings.

I attend workshops to enhance my practice; these have included, anxiety and panic attacks, learning about psychopaths and narcissistic personalities.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

This list above is a guide to show you areas I have worked with.

Please contact me if you would like to discuss a matter before committing to an initial appointment.

Therapies offered

Fees

I Charge £50 per session for face to face counselling between the hours of 9-6pm and £55 from 6pm onwards.

*Telephone counselling is charged at £40 per session.

*Telephone sessions can take place once a relationship between us has been formed and you may be unable to attend in person but feel you would still like the session to go ahead.

Each session lasts for 50 minutes.

I am able to provide a few, lower priced places; this will be dependent on individual circumstances.

Further information

Most common questions that I have been asked:

  • "What do you specialise in?"

I do not have one area of speciality as the people and issues I have worked with have been so broad.

One example to highlight this would be alcohol dependency:

If someone has come to see me because they are alcohol dependent or worried they may be drinking too much, I look at the reasons behind the alcohol. I have found that alcohol is just a symptom of the problem, a sticking plaster to temporarily numb the pain. There is often something that has caused people to start drinking, taking drugs, eating too much and it is my job to work with that person to find out what is going on for them. It is a wonderful feeling to see my clients have that light bulb moment and start to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

  • " Do I need counselling?"

I would say that anyone is suitable to have counselling if they feel they need to talk to someone other than their friends or family. I am trained to listen carefully and will support you without judgement of you or your circumstances.

  • " What will I find to talk about?"

Anything and everything!  50 minutes may feel daunting at first but my experience is that the time flies. You may come with one issue in mind but find other aspects arise as you explore and make sense of your thoughts and feelings.

We are all unique and so are our life stories. Please be assured that I will respect you and whatever you have gone/going through.

Maps & Directions

London, E18 1JL

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

I am available on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday during the day. If you would like an evening appointment, please contact me and I shall try to accommodate your needs.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults