Priscilla Short. BSc, MA, MBACP, MBPsS, MAFT
Almost every client who comes for counselling says "I wish I'd come sooner" as they experience the transformation that happens when they work with a trained professional in a safe, non-judgemental environment. My area of expertise is in relationship issues. I work with couples, individuals and families to help them understand difficulties and improve relationships, whether they are single, together, separating or divorced.
If we want happier relationships it is important to address how we feel about ourselves. Our insecurities can create sabotaging patterns in relationships which become destructively self-fulfilling - often giving us the opposite of what we long for. We can break these patterns as we learn how to value ourselves. For instance, if we believe that we are somehow unlovable or 'worth-less' than others, then it is likely we will either be more willing to put up with treatment that is 'less-than' we deserve or place unrealistic demands and expectations on others to help us feel better, which often pushes people away, thereby reinforcing our belief that we are unlovable. Counselling can help us work towards a more valuing self-belief.
We can be greatly affected by previous trauma and abuse such as childhood sexual abuse, abusive childhoods, domestic violence, rape and past abusive relationships. But probably the most insidious childhood experience is when we are left feeling that we are not quite good enough in some way. Almost always these past traumas affect how we feel about ourselves and our ability to form strong, healthy relationships. Counselling can be transformative as it helps us understand these effects and can release us from the crushing effect of guilt, shame and low self worth that these experiences can leave with us.
I also specialise in gender issues. Through an initial experience years ago of working of with a transgendered couple, I have become something of a specialist in this field, mainly through word of mouth recommendations. I now work with many individuals, couples and families as they work through the issue of gender and its impact on their lives and relationships.
Many issues can affect our relationships, particularly anxiety, depression and grief / loss. As well as my core training as a relationship and family therapist, I have trained in counselling psychology and mental health, which enables me to work both with mental health issues and issues of loss concurrently with the effect of this on relationships.
I work in private practice in London and Norfolk. But I am also a therapeutic consultant at The Recovery Centre in central London and work in Norfolk as a practitioner within the IAPT Wellbeing service as well as with Relate. I am involved in ongoing research into improving counselling practice.
Finding the right counsellor for you, in terms of location, personality, qualifications, specialisation and cost can feel daunting and is a highly personal process. So if you feel it would be helpful to talk initially about your issue and whether you feel that counselling is for you then please send me an email and I'll get back to you as soon as I can, usually within 24 hours.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc Psychology (1st class hons)
Post graduate Certificate 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-£135 (London) £60-75 (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.
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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