Rosie Fernandez-Eagling PgDip Couns. MBACP (Accred)
0791 937 1663
I am a fully qualified, accredited and experienced Counsellor with over ten years experience working for the NHS in a GP surgery, as a School Counsellor and in private practice. I am warm and friendly and my primary aim is to ensure that you feel at ease to enable you to talk in confidence.
I have a particular interest in mindfulness which I integrate into my practice when needed. Mindfulness means stepping out of auto-pilot and living with conscious awareness in the present moment. When we do this, our mind automatically slows down, we become more accepting of our thoughts and feelings and life can become more meaningful and enjoyable.
Dr Russ Harris wrote that when we are at our lowest and we are hurting the most, our mind seems to have a default setting that automatically turns on ourselves and becomes harsh, self-critical, judgemental, uncaring and we beat ourselves up. This becomes stronger if we believe or we’ve been told that we caused our situation. We all know that self-criticism not only doesn’t help but it prolongs our suffering by re-living painful experiences over in our mind. This inner critical voice destroys our confidence and our ability to reflect and think clearly past our difficulties and lowers our resilience. When we reach saturation point, our body's natural instinct takes over and withdraws in a natural effort to heal. The problem is that during this process, we often cut ourselves off from those around us becoming isolated and alone and highly vulnerable to stress, depression, anxiety and panic attacks. When we find ourselves in this painful place, our energy levels decrease and it becomes increasingly difficult to ask for help or accept help for fear of judgement and being hurt (including a fear that a Counsellor may trivialise our issues or not understand).
Dr Harris adds that 'holding yourself kindly' is the first step to finding that inner peace and resource that will help us face normal emotions of sadness, sorrow, regret, fear, anxiety and uncertainty associated with the natural human reactions to change, loss and trauma whatever the situation.
I can help you make sense of your situation without blame or judgement and take you through some steps of how to start to hold yourself kindly to facilitate the healing process and begin to take part in the things that interest you and enjoy life.
What can you expect from me?
I work from home in a quiet area of Stevenage with street parking and a bus stop within two minutes' walk. You will be welcomed into my private consulting room where you will be treated with dignity and understanding to put you at ease and help you talk in confidence. You will be able to say as little or as much as you feel able to.I will answer any questions you may have.
I am fully aware of how daunting it can be to find the right counsellor for you amongst many.
I offer a 90-minute confidential Consultation Assessment to give us both the opportunity to see how you feel about working with me and for me to see whether I am the right counsellor to help you.
If relevant to your circumstances, we will assess and evaluate any levels of depression or anxiety and the impact your feelings have on your general wellbeing in your day to day life and discuss with you how we might work together, offer strategies, recommendations or signpost you to any resources that might be available locally including NHS support.
The consultation assessment can be a one off appointment or it can form the basis of our work together. You will be under no pressure to stay for the whole 90 minutes or to continue with more sessions.
My fees are stated below and payment is made at the end of each session.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of Hertfordshire in Psychodynamic and Person Centred Counselling. I work intuitively with each client having the belief that each person is an individual with their own unique experiences and values which I fully honour.
I have a commitment to my continuous personal and professional development and attend regular seminars and training courses to keep myself up to date with advancements in mental health and emotional wellbeing of adults and young people alike. I have completed additional training in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
I deal with most issues such as anxiety, depression, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, panic attacks, sexual abuse, loss, bereavement, domestic violence and relationships in general.
I also have direct experience helping secondary school students deal with cyber-bullying, peer pressure, self-harm, addiction to computer games and/or social sites and improve self-esteem and confidence amongst others.
Accreditation & Registration
I am accredited and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. (www.bacp.co.uk)
I have a ten-year corporate background in Human Resources and strong experience of dealing with staff development as well as stress in the work place, redundancy and career counselling.
I offer tailor-made one-to-one sessions for personal development in the work place which include assertiveness skills, dealing with criticism, negotiating and resolving grievances, dealing with difficult people, time management, goal planning and any other issue that might be impacting on your career progression.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
You may contact me for a telephone discussion (15 minutes) which is FREE.
You can text me or e-mail me to check anything out or to request an appointment. (Texting always reaches me faster than an e-mail)
Consultation Assessment (90 minutes) £50
Counselling sessions (50 minutes) £40
Personal Development sessions (50 minutes) £50
Consultation Assessment (90 minutes) £60
Counselling sessions (50 minutes) £50
I offer a few counselling concessions on a first come basis to those on low income and to counselling students between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm on weekdays only.
The rates range from £25-£35 per hour depending on circumstances
Payment is at the end of each session.
If you miss a session without giving 48 hours notice, it is expected that you will pay for the session in full.
There is no waiting room should you arrive early. Please knock at agreed times only.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Mobile: 0791 937 1663
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
My consulting room is accessible via a flight of stairs and at present is not suitable for those with mobility difficulties.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day time, evenings and week-ends
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|