Fiona Damm FDA Counselling, MBACP (Accred), PGCE, BA (Hons)
Northwich Memorial Court
Are you feeling apprehensive about attending counselling or choosing the right counsellor?
I am an accredited counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. This is recognition that I have had substantial training and experience in counselling. Taking the first steps to see a counsellor is never easy, so if you would like to find out more about how I work then please read on below or look at my website: www.smartcounselling.org.uk
So why choose me?
I came to counselling later in life having worked in mental health, the voluntary and community sector, in education and in training. I bring to counselling my own life experience combining work, family, study and caring for an elderly relative. My own counselling training has helped me to develop better boundaries for myself; establish better personal relationships both at home and at work; and most importantly, it has helped me to realise that I DO have the ability to change.
As a counsellor for a Women's Health Advice Centre, I helped clients who had relationship difficulties; were experiencing domestic physical or verbal abuse, or who had low self esteem or lost confidence. I have counselled clients in private practice for several years presenting with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, suicide ideation, relationship issues or family problems.
I have several years experience working as an Employment Advisor for a local IAPT service with clients who were referred by their GP for help with anxiety or depression in connection with work. This could be because of relationship difficulties with work colleagues or managers; difficulties at home or achieving a good work life balance. I also work for EAP organisations such as the Meningitis Trust and rehabilitation centres so please contact me to discuss your personal or organisational requirements.
About my approach
I work with clients of all ages from 16+ to adults in their later years. My approach to counselling is known as 'Person Centred'. The way we think, feel and behave, is often dictated by how we have been treated by the people closest to us in the past. Our perceptions of who we think we are often based on these early experiences but they do not always sit well with how we see ourselves now.
I use a non-directive and non-judgemental approach in counselling where you as the client decide what you want bring to counselling. If later on in counselling we both agree that a more directive, solution focused or cognitive behavioural approach (CBT) is more appropriate then I can use some different techniques and strategies tailored to meet your individual needs.
Once you have contacted me we will arrange a first session where we will discuss what you hope to get from counselling and to ask any questions you may have about the process. For more details see my website. If making an email enquiry please remember to tick the box confirming this is a genuine counselling enquiry or I won't get the enquiry!
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications
- Foundation Degree in Counselling University of Sunderland (commendation)
- Foundation Cert in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - NHS Newcastle Cognitive & Behavioural Therapies
- Certificate in Transactional Analysis
- BA Humantities Degree (Hons)
- PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Additional training includes:
- Developing Wellbeing at Work
- Understanding Depression & Suicide
- Working with clients who have experienced domestic abuse
- Anger Management
- Bereavement and loss
- Mental Health First Aid certificate - Mental Health First Aid England
- Emotional Intelligence - Newcastle University
I am trained to work with groups of adults and have delivered confidence building courses.
I am an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their code of ethics.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Work related stress/relationship difficulties
At the initial appointment you will be given the opportunity to discuss how counselling works and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions to discover whether counselling is right for you.
I can be flexible about day time appointments.
The cost of a 50 min appointment is £40 and is payable at the beginning of the session. Early evening appointments are also available after 5 pm at a cost of £45.
Organisational rates may vary from those stated above.
A cancellation fee is applicable if less than 24 hours notice is given.
I work from a room in the Northwich Memorial Court (Brio Leisure Centre). There is a map at the top of the page for directions. There is free parking at the centre.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available for appointments most weekdays. Early evening appointments are available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|