Irene Searle B.Sc. (Hons.) Reg Dip MBACP
Are you experiencing difficulties in life that stop you from growing as a person and enjoying life to the fullest? Sometimes we can't always pinpoint what the causes are, so it can help to talk to a professional counsellor especially trained to listen actively and explore blocks in peoples' lives.
Sometimes these blocks to living happily are conscious and we know about them, others may be deep rooted and unconscious and this can cause us to feel burdened and overwhelmed in life. I can offer you a warm, confidential space where you will be listened to without judgement so that we can explore some of the difficulties you may be experiencing.
I am a fully qualified BACP registered counsellor who works with young people, adults and older adults. My background is in Educational settings, Local Authorities and I have counselled at two Charities.I have been in therapy myself (as a requirement of my training) and I am also in private practice.
How I work:
What brings you to therapy will inform whether we work short-term or in open ended counselling, I offer both. Short term (6-12 sessions) can be helpful when looking at particular issues for example, stress at work, anxiety/panic attacks or relationship difficulties.
Open-ended counselling can be helpful for some deeper rooted issues such as problems with low self-esteem, depression or trauma linked to our past.
What to expect from counselling:
Beginning counselling can feel daunting so being prepared for what to expect maybe helpful. Counselling is your time and space in which together we can help make some sense of the difficulties that you may be experiencing. It provides a regular time and space where you can talk through how you are feeling. By looking at your life, our aim will be to learn new coping strategies, gain a deeper understanding and empower you to move forward with your life.
Yes, but is it for me?
Only you can decide, but it can be extremely beneficial for anyone who is facing stress or difficult times, who are in need of support/guidance or just needing someone to talk to.
What happens during the first session?
Our first session will be a time for us to explore the issues that are bringing you into counselling. Although I will ask some questions, the aim will be to see if we can work together and if the counselling that I offer is right for you. We will also think about whether short-term or open-ended feels right for you.
Subsequent on-going sessions are kept non-prescriptive so that you can direct and drive it in the direction you feel is necessary. We may be unpicking your life together and trace where certain issues may have arisen and explore how they make you feel together. Whilst we may be visiting your past, we may also look at how your early relationships have shaped what kind of a person you are in your present.
Training, qualifications & experience
*Psychodynamic Diploma in Counselling (BACP Accredited Training Course 187620/10317)
(*Psychodynamic counselling embraces the work of psychoanalysis. Its roots lie predominantly in Freud's psychoanalysis approach. The aim being to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping clients unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them.
Whilst it shares the same principles of psychoanalysis, psychodynamic counselling is far less intensive. It helps people to make significant changes in how they make decisions and interact with others.)
Certificate in Counselling Skills
B.sc. (Hons. Degree) in Psychology
I am fully supervised and attend regular CPD events to keep me abreast of developments occurring in my profession.
I am registered with BACP and work with adults. The issues I have worked work with are anxiety, bereavement, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, panic/anxiety attacks, stress, exam anxiety, relationship problems, problems at work, divorce, parenting struggles, loneliness/losing one's way in life and family trauma.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Child related issues
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Trauma particularly linked with early childhood
Post natal depression
Issues with our sense of identity in the world
Pressures to fulfil expectations whether societal, family, peers or our own
Exam anxiety and the pressure to succeed
I understand how daunting it can be to see a counsellor for the first time and talk about sensitive issues.
Therefore our first session of one hour is charged at a reduced fee of £25 with no obligation either side to see if we can work together and if you feel comfortable working with me. It will also give you an opportunity to see if counselling is the right support you are looking for.
Thereafter, if you decide to work with me, ongoing sessions are charged at £50. If you inform me a week in advance that you have to miss a session, there is no charge. Missed sessions without notice are chargeable.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy), accountable to and follow their ethical code of practice. More information can be obtained from www.bacp.co.uk
In following good practice, I am in regular clinical supervision, attend regular training events and have an up to date DBS certificate (formerly CRB). I am also fully insured.
If you call me you may get my answer service but please leave me a message and I will aim to get back to you within 24 hours. Your first appointment (an initial consultation) will be confirmed by email.
The initial appointment is a chance for you to talk through your difficulties, explore your needs and the kind of support you may require and whether counselling is the best way forward. At times there may be a need to refer on to other services for example, people dependent on drugs or alcohol may require specialist support.
Confidentiality: counselling is private and confidential. No information will be disclosed to anyone without the client's permission except under rare legal circumstances. You are free to talk without fear of rejection, criticism or blame.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Contact me with your circumstances. Evenings are available in Odiham and Fridays in Basingstoke.
Types of client