Emma Stollery (MBACP) (Dip. Couns)

Emma Stollery (MBACP) (Dip. Couns)


07722 625935

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07722 625935

About me

I am an experienced counsellor and have worked with both adults and adolescents.

What To Expect

We will arrange a mutual time to meet and find out what you are wanting help with ( an " initial assessment'). This will give me the chance to get to know you and also for you to ask me questions.. Counselling is so important, in that you need to feel comfortable with me and to feel able to ask anything about the way I work. Being able to trust someone with very personal feelings , I realise , from experience, is so paramount.
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 trying to update 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.
On a first session it will be mostly about your own expectations and what you want to work with.
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.

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 your own expectations and what you want to work with.

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 also work with families with a local charity which provides support on an emotional and practical level. This means 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

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


Basic fee for 1 hour counselling is £38
Discounted fees for student counsellors / low income £20
Fees can be negotiated as I would not want anyone to be unable to access counselling if they can't pay.

Maps & Directions

Ipswich, IP4

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Flexible during school hours; evenings with negotiation.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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