Irene Shooter MBACP (Accred) Counsellor/Psychotherapist & Clinical Supervisor
Hello, and thank you for choosing to read my profile.
My name is Irene Shooter and I am a Counsellor based in Mansfield Woodhouse.
I am a Person Centred Counsellor integrating Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. I am fully qualified and have a vast range of counselling experience, and I’m also a Clinical Supervisor, offering supervision to other therapists.
I provide an extensive range of counselling for a variety of organisations and individuals, both in the public and private sectors.
As a counsellor I will offer empathy; congruence and respect, whilst helping you identify ways to help you strengthen your ability to cope and move forward with your life in the way you would like to.
There are times in life when we all experience emotional difficulties, and talking to family and friends is not enough. It is at times like this when counselling can be helpful.
From the beginning of counselling, you will be at the centre of your therapy, and we will work together, as you explore your issues, in a safe and confidential environment. I will not advise you or judge you, and I will respect your autonomy, so that you are able to find your own answers; move forward, grow and develop.
Alongside my private practice, I work part time with Nottinghamshire Health Care in both Secondary and Primary Care, delivering (IAPT) Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, counselling adults who are experiencing mental health difficulties. I am committed to help improve the mental health and well-being of the people I work with.
In my previous role I counselled staff and students at a local college.
I have also previously counselled both male and female adult clients, one-to-one for Cruse Bereavement Care. Also, I have volunteered as a counsellor for Women’s Aid.
I have facilitated groups at HM Prisons working with drugs and alcohol.
Counselled children in Sure Start Centers and school settings.
I have worked in Palliative Care as a counsellor providing emotional support.
I have worked with children aged between nine to eighteen years of age, who have experienced bereavement. In my work with children I use a range of creative materials, as I find it makes it easier for children to express themselves and aids the therapeutic process.
I hold an updated Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate, this allows employers to check my certificate online.
I have my own Professional Indemnity Insurance.
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Irene has been the most wonderful counsellor, helping me very practically coming to terms with my wife's illness and death. Invaluable, and it has made a positive benefit to my welfare. Thank you Irene
I was very unsure as what to expect from my sessions, but was put at ease by the professional, kind caring manner of Irene. Due to Irene's approach I have gained so much and has helped me to control my way of thinking and dealing with depression and anxiety.
Having had to admit to be depressed has been a very difficult process,and I strongly feel I am on the road to recovery and can deal with all aspects of this, which a big part of this has been with the help of Irene. I would not hesitate to return should the need arise.
How counselling can help.I understand that it may not be that easy to make the first approach to therapy, as you may be confused, distressed and anxious, so our first session will be to discuss your needs, and how we would work together, so that we can decide if we feel able and comfortable to proceed. We will then discuss the number and frequency of sessions, which we will review as your therapy progresses.
Counselling helps people to: -
Identify negative thoughts or illogical thinking patterns that contribute to feelings of helplessness, and to develop a more positive outlook.
Regain a sense of control and pleasure in life.
Help to find solutions to life's problems.
Gain personal strengths and how to use those strengths to develop and move forward with ones life.
Clients I work with
I work with clients who have difficulties with a whole range of issues, these often include work related stress, anxiety, depression, stress, panic, anger, trauma, bereavement, loss, phobias, family problems, relationships issues, low self- esteem, confidence & assertiveness, health concerns and many more that influence and have an emotional impact on everyday life.
Counselling adults who are experiencing mental health difficulties. I am committed to help improve the mental health and well-being of the people I work with.
Also, I currently work with a number of national Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP’s) and organisations who provide their employees with Counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 5: Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling & Counselling in Independent Practice
- Level 5: Integrative Approach to Counselling Supervision
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4
- Counselling Studies Level 3
- Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2
- Introduction to Counselling
- (CBT) ( Cognitive Behavioural Techniques)
- Introduction to Transactional Analysis
- (ASIST) Trained Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
In line with BACP guidelines, I undertake regular training and have completed courses, which enhance my work and give me a deeper understanding of the issues you may bring.
The most recent are Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). The course is a two-day workshop that teaches participants to carry out life-saving interventions for people at risk of suicide.
I have attended training on the Freedom Programme, and i'm now able to facilitate the course. The Freedom Programme is an educational programme for women experiencing domestic violence and abuse and enables women to gain knowledge and skills to protect themselves and children from harm. Controlling relationships are destructive and confusing, affecting all areas of family life. The Freedom Programme aims to develop awareness of the power and control in abusive relationships.
I am always open to continued professional development and attend training/events:
- Therapeutic Play
- Working With Children and Young People Impacted by Domestic Violence
- Young people; Anger, Hatred and Self-Esteem
- Safe Guarding Vulnerable Adults
- Telephone/Skype Counselling
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
- Anger Management
- Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect
- Drug & Alcohol Awareness
- Bereavement Care
- Domestic Violence & Abuse
- Foundation Course in Awareness in Children & Young People’s Bereavement Care
- Loss of a Child
- Mental Health Awareness
- Autism and Asperger’s
- Child Protection
- Attachment Workshop
- Health and Safety at work
- Dementia Awareness
- Drug and Alcohol Awareness
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The pain of losing a pet is a very real experience. I am here to provide emotional support for anyone who has lost a pet or who is anticipating the loss of their special friend.
I am really passionate about the importance of the relationship between people and their pets.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
Photos & videos
I have my own discreetly located therapy room in Mansfield Woodhouse Nottinghamshire with off road parking facilities.
I can usually offer an initial assessment appointment within the first seven days of you making contact.
Counselling: £30 per 60 min session.
Clinical Supervision : £30 per 60 min session.
Reduced fees will apply if required: Trainee's, or on low income.
Please be advised that a full charge will be made for a cancelled appointment if 24 hr notice is not received via a telephone call to me.
I operate a 24 hr cancellation policy, otherwise a full charge will have to be made as I will be unable to fill the appointment.
My counselling room is very private, discreet and comfortable.
Parking is available and a bus route is close by.
Also, you can view my website at www.lifematters2me.co.uk
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer appointments in the daytime and evenings. If you contact me and I am unable to answer the phone just leave me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Level 5-Integrative Approaches to Counselling Supervision.View supervision profile