Diane Hassall-Mead | Registered Member BACP
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How could I help you?
We all find life hard to cope with at times.
You may be experiencing anxiety, stress or depression, experiencing relationship issues or sexual problems, or grieving for the loss of a loved one. Perhaps you're at a cross-roads in your life and unsure of which way to go?
Whatever difficulties you're experiencing, counselling and longer-term psychotherapy can help you make sense of your feelings, give you time to talk and understand yourself and your life better. In time, you will feel more confident and in control, and find a way forward.
What to expect from counselling
As well as listening to you, without judgement, I will help you understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and support you in changing them if you want to. We will explore your issues together, in total confidence.
If you're experiencing relationship issues or sexual problems, I can teach you techniques to help you resolve your issues and support you in working through them.
You'll get the most out of our work if you're committed to self-exploration and open to identifying what might be causing you concern.
The length of therapy will depend on what you want to achieve and the types of issues you bring.
I am a qualified integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, which means that I work across the three main approaches to counselling:
- Behavioural: Changing your thoughts or behaviour to overcome problems. Helpful if you're suffering from depression and/or anxiety, experiencing relationship or sexual issues, have an addiction or anger issues, or fears and phobias.
- Person-centred: Focusing on your self-development and personal growth. Beneficial if you have low self-esteem, a lack of self-reliance, and are fearful of change and new experiences.
- Psychodynamic: Discovering how your unconscious thoughts affect your behaviour. Helps with a wide range of issues through self-exploration and by identifying patterns of behaviour that negatively affect your life, for example in relationships.
One of the main benefits of integrative therapy is that it is flexible and focuses on individuals as a whole. I tailor my approach to meet your needs and concerns, and to make each session meaningful.
To see if integrative therapy is the right sort of counselling for you, you can find out more about it here.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Counselling Concepts
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in Loss, Grief and Bereavement
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
I am currently studying for a post-graduate Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which means that I work to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am also a member of the College of Relationship and Sexual Therapists (COSRT) and adhere to their Code of Ethics and Practice when working with couples and psychosexual issues.
As well as seeing clients privately, I am also a volunteer counsellor for Mind, the mental health charity.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
My fees are £45 per 50 minute session for individual counselling.
As I am currently a student relationship and psychosexual therapist my fees are £30 per session for individual sex therapy and £35 for couples' counselling.
I believe that counselling should be accessible to everyone who wants to commit to self-exploration and overcoming their challenges, so fees are negotiable for those on very low incomes.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekday evenings, Thursday and Friday daytime and evenings, and Saturday mornings.
Types of client