Katie Erasmus BA(Hons) Int. Counselling. Registered Member BACP.
About Godalming Surrey Counselling
We all know that when a difficult situation occurs, it can do more than just play on our minds; and if unresolved, its effects can impinge on an otherwise 'normal' day to day existence. When a problem is left unattended, or denied, there's a good chance that despite ignoring it, it's still there! Unwanted thoughts can reside in the subconscious or even unconscious mind, yet can still affect us by influencing our thought processes, affecting our emotions, and impacting on our general state of well being. It's that 'something' at the back of your mind that won't go away...
I am a fully qualified integrative therapist with an Honours Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am also a registered member of the BACP, and practice entirely within their guidelines. I offer open minded counselling and psychotherapy for individuals, regardless of age, gender, social background or cultural belief. I have experience with all ages, all walks of life, and have worked with issues that are wide-ranging and diverse, in a manner that is placid and unthreatening. As your counsellor/psychotherapist, my aim is to work alongside you as a team, in order that together we may successfully overcome the issues that have lead you to stress, anxiety, anger, depression, and so on. I can also support you during difficult periods within relationships; whether it be partnership, friendship or family problems; you are not alone in this, relationship issues are a frequent topic in counselling and psychotherapy.
Dealing with life's ups and downs...
Occasionally, life throws bad stuff at you. Maybe you saw it coming or more than likely it was a bolt from the blue which took you by surprise; either way, it will have some kind of detrimental impact on you and the people nearest to you, unnerving at the very least and totally life-changing at its worst.
Keeping the balance...
Sometimes, more often than not, it’s just life in general. It can feel stressful, whether it’s home-life or work-life, or balancing the two; mastering the art and maintaining equilibrium is hard, finding a sense of balance and sustaining this can in itself be difficult, and at times exhausting.
Facing a dilemma or an issue?
From time to time there are challenges in life. Again, it may be a ‘niggling’ concern that you have been aware of for some time, but then it could be a totally unexpected issue, or a problem that seems to defy a satisfactory solution, forcing you into a catch-22 situation, you're stuck!
Who can you turn to?
Hopefully there is someone there; a support network of friends or close family to help you face such challenges. But what if that's not the case? There could be many reasons; you may feel you don't want to overload the ones closest to you, your 'problem' may appear trivial, and you may think to yourself "Everyone has problems, mine's not that bad!" Or perhaps it's immeasurable; "If they really knew what was going on, what would they think?" Whatever the situation, sitting with it for too long may provoke a new set of problems; wrestling with your conscience and battling with your demons alone may leave you feeling distracted and unable to focus fully on other important things. You may find you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at night, resulting in possible fatigue and lethargy. Perhaps you may feel irritable and frustrated, having a shorter fuse than usual, losing your patience more often, and inevitably with the ones closest to you, punishing them for what may not necessarily be their fault...
So what do you do now?
Stop! If only for a moment or two. Give yourself a couple of minutes to consider your emotional state right now; how do you feel, do you know? We can all expect a degree of emotional turbulence, there are just too many internal and external influences to escape completely unharmed. Even if we do accept the highs and the lows in life, we are only human; and much prefer riding the waves as opposed to feeling as if we are drowning in them. But we don't always have a choice, think about it .. when we are thrown in at the deep end, it can be a real battle to keep afloat, especially if there are too many waves, one after the other. Our challenges, problems and dilemmas can feel a lot like huge waves rolling in, and we may feel that we are desperately battling to keep above water, feeling anxious and panicky, tired with no energy, exhausted! Given this analogy, whether you sink or swim really depends on what you decide to do next .
Key Points of My Counselling Ethos:
- I am a fully qualified independent female counsellor/psychotherapist based in Godalming, Surrey, with an Honours Degree and a registered member of the BACP - I practice entirely within their guidelines.
- I maintain a resourceful and pro active approach to counselling and psychotherapy, and support you in a wide range of areas including depression, anxiety, abuse, and relationship issues.
- As an experienced counsellor/psychotherapist, I have a very strong belief that the right form of counselling can bring about the positive change and self awareness required to significantly alter the way you live your life, thus enabling you to lead a more fulfilling future.
Due to an integrated theoretical background, my approach is varied, this simply means I utilise different methods to best suit your personal situation. This I see as an advantage because often there is more to a situation than initially meets the eye, and by using various different methods, a problem or issue can be worked with and resolved in a more effective manner. My theoretical approach leads me to believe that whatever we choose to bring to therapy, missing pieces or forgotten memories may be uncovered during the process; and that this may prove to be an enlightening and highly effective experience; this is because it is often possible to link past events to present day feelings, beliefs and behaviours.
The above examples form a part of my everyday work as a counsellor/psychotherapist; however, I am particularly skilled in working within family situations, respecting the many various problems that arise between family members. I also possess a great deal of experience in working with teenagers and young adults; 'Fledglings' is a service dedicated especially to adolescents, and is intended to help young people make sense of their feelings and behaviours within a supportive environment; a way forward in developing a sense of self is promoted, independent thinking is encouraged, and self disclosure is respected and supported. This process is carried out in a way that is non-threatening and sensitive to the needs of teens. In some instances home visits are carried out. Some evening sessions are also available (Please see www.godalmingsurreycounselling.co.uk for details).
I have also worked extensively with clients on the Autistic Spectrum, incorporating Aspergers Syndrome, ADD, ADHD, OCD and various challenging behaviours.
Life can be confusing sometimes, I can help you to make sense of it all.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Int. Counselling.
Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling.
Registered Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Part time employee for The Priory Group.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
£50 per session - this is an inclusive hourly charge with no added extras or VAT.
Some evenings available, home visits considered.
I am pleased to be able to welcome you to my home in Godalming, Surrey for an initial free counselling session. Assuming that you want to book further sessions, I am flexible with hours, and incorporate some weekend and evening slots; this is with a sympathetic view that life is hectic, and we can't all be expected to fit into a 9 to 5 timetable. I am also in a position to carry out home visits, which are preferable for younger clients who like to be in the comfort of their own home.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Some evenings sessions available and home visits considered.