Emma Stollery Dip.Therapeutic Counselling MBACP
I am an experienced counsellor and have worked with both adults and adolescents.
What To Expect
Initially you may contact me by email or phone where you can ask me questions and maybe give me an idea of what is troubling you. If you feel comfortable to meet up then we will arrange a mutual time to meet.
This will give me the chance to get to know you and also for you to decide if I am the person who you can begin to work with.. Counselling is so important, in that you need to feel comfortable with me and to feel able to trust me with very personal feelings. Having undergone therapy myself I realise that this is so crucial.
I am a registered member of the BACP ( counselling body) and as such I adhere to professional ethics and standards and this assures you that I have passed safe guidelines to make sure I provide a good service to clients. My training and personal development is ongoing and being a member of the BACP it means I need to continue in this and am constantly updating my knowledge and skills.
Everything you tell me is within strict confidence; unless it means I need to protect you or someone else from serious harm.
How I Work
You may come with a 'diagnosis' or 'presenting problem' such as anxiety; depression; stress; bereavement; loss; low sense of self worth; financial issues; relationship issues.
I am a 'person-centred 'counsellor which means I use the theory and expertise based on Carl Rogers. The greatest advantage (I believe) is that he acknowledges that each individual has an inherent desire to grow and to become 'fully functioning'. This is at its best given conditions in which one can grow and develop to fulfill potential.
Given an environment and a relationship where you can feel accepted; not judged and understood; then this will encourage healing and inner change.
As a mathematician and scientist I struggle to explain the strength and power that this counselling experience can give; but nonetheless I can see how much it has helped those who I have had the privilege to work with.
The greatest change that I see is when someone begins to feel more whole in their own experience of life and can then feel a greater sense of who they are and their meaning within relationships and in relating to others.
One of my clients said recently that after seeing me they felt 'more comfortable in their own self' In a nutshell ; I feel this is the essence of person-centred therapy. It is about you feeling more comfortable in your own skin and me providing that environment where you can begin to find that part of yourself.
However it doesn't necessarily mean that the presenting issues or 'problems' go away; more realistic is that you may feel able to deal with them.
Is Counselling Right For You?
If you are feeling as though you need to talk or think about emotions and/ or feelings that you have no one or nowhere else to go with then counselling may well be a good option. This doesn't mean there is a major problem. However you may feel there is something more difficult to deal with; having counselled people with very intense needs and seen them find a way through them then I also feel able to help
The First Session
I will try to get to know you: what is troubling you and what feels difficult? On a first session it will be mostly about you telling me your story ( if you feel comfortable) which gives me an insight into possible areas where you might want to touch on. This will never be about me telling you; rather me walking alongside and offering you my thoughts , feelings and most of all support and compassion as you try to make sense of your experiences and sense of self.
As we get to know each other it will become easier and you will soon feel clearer as to how you want to make use of our sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified teacher up to A level in Mathematics and tutor individuals in English and Maths from age 5 up to 18 (BSc Hons Cert Ed) Upper Second Class.
Having qualified to degree level I subsequently trained as a counsellor Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling . I am also undergoing training in adolescent therapy, which is specific to the developmental stages and needs of a younger client and how to support them and their parents in the therapeutic process.
I work with families for a local charity which provides support on an emotional and practical level. This involves coming alongside a family and helping them to work towards small and achievable goals . This is unique for each family; but it usually involves trying to set boundaries; trying to be consistent as a parent; trying to be 'good enough'; trying to stay on top of household chores; trying to work with expectations of schools (homework/behaviour).
Part of my training was to counsel with my agency for at least 100 hours. (Now many more) The responses back from clients have been amazing ;
I have helped them to feel a way forwards;
The counselling experience has been very helpful;
They have felt a sense of being held and understood;
They hope that my gifts and abilities can provide that same help to others
The couinselling experience has helped them to move forward in their life;
They have been so grateful to have had counselling as it has made such a difference.
I am now working towards accreditation with BACP and have over 450 hours of counselling.
Issues with clients are varied but generally these have included marriage breakdown, childhood trauma and abuse, grief, eating issues, sexual abuse, self esteem, and depression.
Private work with clients has also involved variety of issues; these have included eating issues; self harm; grief; relationship struggles
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Basic fee for 1 hour counselling is £38
Discounted fees for student counsellors/ those on low incomes can be negotiated.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible during school hours; evenings with negotiation.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|