Ellie Luscombe; DipCouns. MBACP
73-75 Aldgate High Street
Hi, I am an integrative counsellor, working with individuals and couples.
Before my counselling career started I worked in credit risk management in the card acquiring industry.
I studied psychology and criminology at college and university but I found that counselling brought the theory to life and highlighted the value of mental health in a way that encouraged me to change my career.
What might our first session be like?
Our initial meeting can help us get to know each other a little and you can decide whether you feel comfortable working with me. Our first session will last between 50 minutes to 1.5 hours and we can discuss anything you feel is important to share, which may include:
- Your expectations of me and counselling
- Goals or outcomes you’d like to work towards
- Background of past or present relationships
- Events you feel have influenced you
However, nothing is off limits so I will be guided by you.
Who do I work with?
I work with individuals and couples; the process for couples differs slightly as I would meet both partners in the initial assessment and then separately for one session to give each an opportunity to share their story. After these two sessions we would all meet together again. Further individual sessions can be agreed, which will follow the same pattern.
How often will sessions be?
Usually we would meet weekly, at the same time and day, with the exception of holidays and unexpected events; therefore it is important to think about whether this can be accommodated.
We can agree to work on a short (12 sessions or less) or a long term basis and we will review periodically to check that this remains suitable.
When it comes towards the end of our work we will plan how long we take to do this, reflecting on our initial contract and where we are now. It is important that this doesn’t happen abruptly so that when we say goodbye it feels like the right time.
Will you tell me what to do?
Your autonomy is important, therefore I won’t tell you what to do or give advice; together we can explore different perspectives and potential ways forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a counsellor at The Counsel House in Wickford, Essex, following an integrative programme, awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) and recognised by the Open University. This training improved my understanding of my own and others’ behaviour, enhancing communication in both personal and professional relationships. An integrative approach gives me a range of perspectives reflecting the natural diversity of people, whose needs require the same variety.
My qualifications are as follows:
- L4 – Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- L3 - Certificate in Counselling Studies
- L2 - Certificate in Counselling Skills
Continued Professional Development:
- L5 – Diploma in Relationship Counselling, awarded by the CPCAB in conjunction with Relate
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
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I charge £75.00 per session, regardless of the appointment time or whether the session is an initial assessment, a telephone session, an ongoing meeting or with a couple or individual.
For a last minute cancellation (on the same day of the appointment) and for non-attendance there is a charge of £50.00
Payment is made in advance in order to confirm your next appointment, with the exception of the initial assessment, which is paid when we meet, plus the subsequent session, if you choose to book one.
Payment can be made in cash, by PayPal or bank transfer.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client