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 with several years experience of working with clients face to face with a range of issues from depression to anxiety or relationship difficulties. 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 delivering a confidence building course; as an employment advisor for the NHS IAPT service; and in education the statutory sector and the voluntary and community sectors. I startted my counselling as a volunteer counsellor for a Women's Health Advice Centre before setting up my own private counselling practice. This experience has helped me to counsel clients who may be experiencing a range of emotions, difficulties or life challenges in a non judgemental and safe environment.
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 with issues ranging from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stress, relationship issues or family problems.
As an Employment Advisor for a local IAPT service I helped people who were experiencing difficulties in the work place. This could be because of work place relationship breakdown; difficulties at home or the difficulty of 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
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 to 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 two locations. One is 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. I also work from home in Cuddington.
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|