Heather Fry - MBACP, BA (hons) HUMANISTIC COUNSELLING
I am a Humanistic counsellor with experience of working with a wide range of issues within the NHS and in private practice. I have a warm, compassionate, empathic, collaborative approach and offer the first reduced-fee introductory session as an opportunity to decide whether you feel counselling is right for you.
I understand that there are times when we feel overwhelmed, anxious, stressed, deeply unhappy and uncertain what the future holds. Occasionally life may deal us something unexpected that we hadn't planned for such as family breakdown, problems in education or the workplace, loss of a loved one or long term illness and life may feel too difficult to cope with. At times like these and others, it can be helpful to talk things through with someone who will really listen and accept you for who you are, without telling you what to do.
Counselling can provide a regular time and space to speak about whatever you want and to have someone give you their full attention without judgement. It is a way of enabling you to be more able to accept yourself, cope better in the moment, help you work out how to improve your life, and discover and reach your potential. Having had counselling myself I have experience being a client and know what a huge difference it made to my life, and believe it can be beneficial to yours too.
In counselling you can explore feelings and aspects of your life causing concern in a way that is rarely possible with family or friends. Bottled-up feelings can be intense, overwhelming and debilitating, sometimes resulting in suicidal thoughts. Counselling offers an opportunity to explore thoughts and feelings, allowing better understanding and the opportunity to change if desired.
Finding someone with whom you feel comfortable and relaxed is really important, often just as important as the way the person works, which is why I offer an introductory session for you to decide if working with me is right for you.
I aim to provide a safe, confidential, non-judgemental place in which you can begin to explore the issues troubling you. Feeling safe and building an accepting, trusting relationship in which you can explore your deepest self is one of my strengths as a counsellor. Counselling offers an opportunity to explore and develop new strategies to cope and make sense of both old and current problems.
I offer individual counselling for a wide variety of different issues working both short and long term as appropriate. I use a combination of different skills, techniques and models within the Humanistic framework depending on individual need.
I counsel adults, students, seniors and young people aged 12+.
Training, qualifications & experience
I currently work in Private Practice and at a local sixth form college counselling students.
I have previously worked within the NHS and St. Barnabas Hospice.
My special interest is working with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem/self-confidence, work related stress, bullying, pre-bereavement, living with terminal diagnosis - for you or a family member, and divorce/separation.
I have experience working with people from BME communities.
BA (hons) Degree in Humanistic Counselling - University of Chichester.
Diploma in Neuro-LInguistic Programming (NLP) - INLPTA.
SafeTALK Suicide Awareness Training.
Working Therapeutically with Adolescents in Private Practice - CPD.
Bereavement and Loss Awareness Certificate - St. Barnabas Hospice.
Diploma Humanistic Counselling - University of Chichester.
BACP Registered - No. 726220
NCS Registered - No. NCS16-03175
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
An introductory session is £25. Thereafter sessions are £35 and last 50 minutes.
I sometimes have concessionary places available. Please ask about availability.
I offer sessions weekdays, evenings, weekends and at short notice. I can be flexible with session times.
Payment: Cash or cheque. Payment is due at the end of each session.
Cancellation: Minimum of 24 hours notice is required or the agreed standard fee will be incurred and payable at the next session.
Please telephone or email me for further information to help you decide if working with me fits your needs. I have confidential voicemail if I am unable to take your call and aim to contact you within 48 hours. There is no charge for this.
My private practice is based in North Lancing and is easily accessible by bus. There is free on street parking. Unfortunately the premises are not wheelchair accessible.
I have professional indemnity insurance and hold an enhanced CRB/DBS certificate.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Sessions are available weekdays, evenings and weekends often at short notice. Session times can be flexible.
Types of client