Fiona Damm FDA Counselling, MBACP (Accred), PGCE, BA (Hons)

Fiona Damm FDA Counselling, MBACP (Accred), PGCE, BA (Hons)

Northwich Memorial Court
Chester Way
Northwich
Cheshire
CW9 5QJ

Cuddington
Northwich
Cheshire
CW8

07769 110356

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Northwich Memorial Court
Chester Way
Northwich
Cheshire
CW9 5QJ

Cuddington
Northwich
Cheshire
CW8

07769 110356

About me

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. I have many years experience working with clients experiencing relationship difficulties; anger; sadness and regret; stress; depression; anxiety and with clients  who have lost their way and are trying to work out who they really are. It can be daunting choosing a counsellor so to find out more about how I work please read on below or check out my website: www.smartcounselling.org.uk

So why choose me?

I trained to be a counsellor later in life so I bring to counselling a wide range of both work and counselling experience. This includes working in educational and community settings (both youth and adult); for IAPT the NHS mental health service provider; for mental health charities and as a counsellor for a women's health advice centre.  I work with clients to help them make the most of their lives.  We can't always change other people but we can change how we think, respond and react to others and adopt better coping strategies to deal with life's challenges.

Experience

Counselling at a Women's Health Advice Centre, I helped clients who were experiencing difficulties in relationships; employment problems or who were experiencing domestic physical or verbal abuse. I also counselled women who had low self esteem or lost confidence in themselves.

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 so please contact me to discuss your personal or organisational requirements.

I have worked for several years as a counsellor in my own private practice with a variety of issues both short and long term.

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
  • Mindfulness
  • 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Work  related stress/relationship difficulties
Young adults (18+)
Older clients

Fees

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 and offer limited early evening appointments

The cost of a 50 min appointment is £40 and is payable at the beginning of the session. Appointments after 5 pm are £45.

Organisational rates may vary from those stated above.

A cancellation fee is applicable if less than 24 hours notice is given.

Further information

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

Northwich, CW9 5QJ
Northwich, CW8

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

I am available for appointments most weekdays. Limited early evening appointments are available.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme