PRISCILLA SHORT. Psychotherapist & Relationship Counsellor. BSc, MA, MBACP.
I'm a psychotherapist specialising in relationship and self esteem issues. Many of us prefer to see a counselor based on word of mouth recommendation so that we can have confidence in the therapist – this has certainly been my experience, with most of my clients coming through word of mouth referrals rather than cold-calling. But sometimes we prefer the idea of choosing a counsellor ourselves so we can hand pick someone who feels best suited to their needs and I think this is often helpful. However it can feel daunting, even on a website like this where you know that everyone has reached a required level of training. So to help you work out who I am and how I work, here are a few facts about myself are.
I work in two main areas. The first is with relationship issues – these might be issues affecting a couple where you want to look at communication and connection issues within the relationship, or perhaps there has been an affair and the relationship is struggling to recover. Or it may be for an individual to recover from the end of a relationship, to reflect on why relationships don’t seem to work out or to how to leave a relationship that doesn’t feel good for you. Issues of previous sexual abuse, gender issues, emotional abuse or neglect can all influence the way we relate to others and may need to be worked through to facilitate happier relationships.
My second area of focus is self-esteem issues. I have a particular interest in helping high functioning individuals (i.e. they look to the rest of the world like they are coping and functioning well). These individuals are often externally successful but internally deeply unhappy and vulnerable and find it difficult to reveal their true selves to friends and even partners for fear of rejection. Despite their external veneer of success and confidence, internally they feel unlovable and unworthy. The suicide rate in these individuals has reached worrying proportions, particularly amongst men, and counselling really can help by addressing the issues of low self-esteem by developing a sense of positive self-worth.
Core Qualifications: I have a 1st class BSc in Psychology, an MA (Distinction) in relationship therapy and an MA in Counselling Psychology. My qualifications are primarily in psychology which means that my training emphasis was on understanding and working with psychological processes (how the brain works, how our thinking influences behaviour, the impact of our childhood on later life, how trauma affects us and so on). But my MA in relationship therapy means that I also have a deep understanding of how relationships work and so I’m able quite quickly to help people improve their existing relationship or address reasons why they might find relationships difficult.
Further training: I have specific training in working with stress, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, sexual abuse, domestic and emotional abuse, gender issues (particularly the effect of transgender on couple relationships), sex addiction and suicidal ideation.
Testimonials: Because word of mouth recommendations can be helpful, I’ve listed below some of the feedback from clients so you can see what they’ve got to say. In many ways their testimony is much more important than what I tell you, as they’ve actually experienced the work we’ve done together.
My approach to counseling: In the first couple of sessions is to discuss the issues you want to address and do a bit of background exploration that helps me to understand these issues better - i.e. how long you have been experiencing issues, how troublesome they are, how much they are affecting your life, who else is affected by the issue, who else you know who is experiencing something similar, how isolated you feel etc. Quite quickly we will decide together whether I am the right type of therapist to help you address these issues - if not then I'll do my best to refer you on. We will then work together on a plan of counselling to work through the issues until you feel better and I build in regular reviews to the sessions so we check that things are heading in the right direction. Some people find that just a few sessions (maybe 6-8) are enough to turn things around but sometimes clients prefer to work longer term in order to tackle deep and long-standing issues.
My practice: I work primarily in private practice, but also with Relate (with whom I trained) and through the NHS Wellbeing service. I am regularly involved in research into best practice and am a keen writer on topics relevant to our psychological wellbeing.
Contact If you'd like to get in touch with me, either to book an appointment or to find out more, please click on the email link or call me on my mobile. I'm happy to chat on the phone about your situation although I'm usually busy with clients during the day and early evenings, so you may need to leave me a message, but I will always call back or respond to an email promptly.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc Psychology (1st class hons)
MA in Counselling Psychology
MA in Relationship Therapy (Distinction)
IAPT (TCCR) training in depression
I've completed many topic specific trainings including:
- Mental Health (anxiety, depression)
- Adult survivors of sexual abuse
- Child and adolescent psychotherapy
- Working with feelings of shame
- Domestic violence
- Sexual violence / rape
- Couples Counselling with Depression (where one or both partners suffer with depression)
- Suicide and suicidal ideation
- Sex / Love addiction
- Gender counselling
I am a member of
- BACP (British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists)
- AFT (Association of Family Therapists)
- BPS (British Psychological Society)
I have regular supervision and and bound by the guidelines for ethical practice for all three organisations listed above.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Please contact me for information on fees which range between £110-£125 (London) £60-65 (Norfolk) dependent on the time and location you select for your appointment and whether you are attending as an individual, couple or family.
In both Norfolk and London I hold several appointments at a reduced fee for those on low income, although there is usually a waiting list for these.
- Communication in relationships isn’t just about talking to each other
- Are we too different? Does difference always meet discord in relationships?
Below are some recent quotes from some of my clients at various stages of counselling.
Excerpt from a client email received 10th March 2017
I also wanted to say to you that what you told me yesterday about how to deal with a feeling/need is I think going to be one of the most useful pieces of advice I have ever been given by anybody! I tried it this morning first thing and it was brilliant. So, thank you. I was telling (name removed) in an e-mail yesterday about how terrific you are! Certainly helped me survive this last cr...y winter....
Post counselling questionnaire received February 2017
Six words that describe Priscilla are intuitive, respectful, encouraging, professional, realistic and informative. I found the counselling most helpful in giving me a forum to speak and be heard, to be guided to the underlying difficulties and shown that these needed to be addressed before anything else and to develop strategies to help me feel more positive about myself. I would 100% recommend Priscilla.
Email following a first appointment with a mum and her young son, January 2016
Though (name removed) was rather cross at the beginning of the appointment, by the time we left he was very positive and engaged with you which was very encouraging. He is also positive about coming back to see you again.... We have been talking feelings iand he is continuing your rather brilliant approach of using the characters from Inside Out to express himself which is really helpful.
Post counselling questionnaire completed mid December 2016
Six words that describe Priscilla are understanding, guidance, insight, empathy / sympathetic, kind, problem solving. Counselling with Priscilla was an excellent investment and I would recommend her 10 out of 10. She has taught me to be true to myself, how to unburden my problems and to understand my emotions.
Post counselling questionnaire completed December 2016
Priscilla is very helpful and helped me get on so much. I would highly recommend anyone with relationship problems to see Priscilla as her help is priceless.
Post counselling questionnaire completed 6th December 2016
I have never had counselling before and found it to be hugely beneficial and very insightful. My counsellor, Priscilla was very professional, non-judgemental and able to offer many helpful techniques/ solutions. These sessions got me through a difficult period and back on my feet.
Post counselling questionnaire completed October 2016
I'd highly recommend Priscilla. She's very good and her job, very easy to open up to. She empathises with your situation, is very approachable..... carry on doing what you're doing Priscilla. Thank you for everything!
Post counselling questionnaire completed 24th August 2016
I would say Priscilla has a very high level of understanding and was able to put things into perspective, giving us lots to discuss after each session.
Post counselling questionnaire completed 4th August 2016
Excellent counsellor, very perceptive and an enormous help.
Text received 25th July 2016 (from a client after completing her course of counselling)
Thank you for your support and kindness. It means a great deal to me. You are a special lady!
Post counselling questionnaire completed 21st July 2016
I would definitely recommend Priscilla. I found her to be a non-judgemental, fair, frank and yet sensitive counsellor.... I wish that people would have this kind of counselling before things go wrong - ironic!
Post counselling questionnaire completed 3rd July 2016
Priscilla puts you at ease, listens and gives you the positive. She gives you acceptance of your situation and a step forward. As one half of a couple attending I found Priscilla very good with both of us.
Text received 28th June 2016
Thank you for everything. You have been a great help.
Text received 28th June 2016 from a client who has just completed a course of counselling:
I just wanted to say thank you for helping me to find me…. For the first time in months (maybe even years) I can say I feel happy again and I can also say I feel strong. This is priceless. Thank you. (name removed)
Email received 24th May 2016
Dear Priscilla. We would like to thank you for all your support and help over the past months . You have been truly inspirational and have exceeded all expectations. With sincere thanks and kindest regards. (name removed)
Text received 23rd May 2016
Hi Priscilla. Just wanted to say thank you for yesterday. I know I was very emotional but I'm sure you see that all the time. It's nice to talk to someone who 'gets me' and doesn't make me feel strange or stupid for my feelings. You're amazing at your job, thank you. (name removed)
Text received 12th May 2016
Thank you for todays session. As usual I feel that I am really getting somewhere although the left brain 'thinking' is definitely easier to work with than the 'right! (name removed)
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