Stella Goddard, BA (Hons) Registered MBACP (Accred)
Catteshall Mill, Catteshall Road
41 Thames Street
My theoretical counselling model is Integrative and incorporates aspects of Psychodynamic Theory, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I also offer space, if appropriate, to reflect on aspects of faith and spirituality.
I have a particular interest in working with clients who have been abused in childhood. Abuse damages self esteem, the ability to trust, and leads to a sense of abandonment and difficulty with managing relationships and emotions. It can also lead to shame and a sense that somehow the abuse was their fault. Because of the deep, sometimes unprocessed pain, clients may anaesthetize their hurts with unhealthy relationships, self-harm, drugs or alcohol.
Abuse takes several forms - sexual, physical, emotional (psychological), bullying, neglect. It is important to validate clients' experience - to believe what they are telling me because abuse is often hidden in secrecy and shame.
I also have a particular interest in working with survivors of Boarding School. Whilst some people love this experience, for others this is not the case, for a variety of complex reasons. When children go to boarding school they may experience home sickness. In the past it was expected that they would soon adjust to school and be fine. In fact what was actually happening was disenfranchised grief. As this loss was not acknowledged children were left not knowing what to do, so one way of coping was to internalise their distress. Doing this, whilst being a way of surviving, has potential long term effects into adulthood.
I work with sensitivity and respect so that clients do not become re-traumatized but have an opportunity to be heard, perhaps for the first time. In time self-esteem improves - this is so important because it affects the way we think, feel about ourselves and other people and how we make sense of the world.
It is my privilege to work with a diversity of clients and a range of presenting difficulties. This enriches my practise. Your story is at the centre of our collaborative therapeutic relationship.The journey is yours and I am led by you as to what you would like to work on and at what pace. I will help you to process your thoughts, feelings and response to your struggles. My hope is to empower and strengthen you so that you are able to work through your difficulties and have renewed hope and vision for your future.
It is helpful to have a phone conversation ahead of potentially meeting as this gives us a chance to get an initial idea of whether I might be the right Counsellor for you. If for any reason I am not able to help I will do my best to make suggestions of colleagues that might be appropriate. I am conscious of how difficult it can be to take that first step so want to make sure that I have given you my best.
When you contact me by phone or e mail please will you let me know if you would prefer to come to my Godalming or Weybridge Practice.
At our initial appointment I will listen to the reasons that you are considering counselling and what you would like to be different should we decide to work together. I will also explain to you how I work and give you an opportunity to ask me any questions.
Should we decide to work together we will have regular reviews to ensure that you are getting what you need from your counselling sessions.
In all of our work together the therapeutic relationship is paramount and I offer all of my clients a warm, accepting, authentic relationship.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Counselling
Integrative - Psychodynamic Theory, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I also give space to reflect on spiritual and existential issues and the impact of your beliefs on your sense of self, relationship with others and ways of making sense of the world.
Registered Accredited Member BACP
Registered Accredited Member ACC
Registered Accredited Member NCS
Bupa Recognised Counsellor
Some of the Workshops I have attended are:
Rape and Sexual Abuse
Attachment Theory - an Integrationist Approach
Ethical Issues arising from Integrating Christian Spirituality into Counselling Practice
Strengths-Based CBT for Vulnerable Clients & Chronic Issues
The Similarities and Differences between Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment
Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery
Introduction to Working with Couples
Working with Relational Trauma
Working with Suicide and Self Harm
Couples in Conflict
Working with Couple Relationships affected by Asperger Syndrome
Working with clients addicted to internet pornography
Working with sexually compulsive clients
Mindfulness in Counselling
Working with Couples - Dealing with Affairs
Understanding and Working with Anxiously Attached Clients
My degree Dissertation considered the Literature on 'Absent Fathers - the possible impact of this on children and young adults.' 'Absence' can take many forms and can happen for a variety of reasons.
The early developmental years are crucial in forming childrens' initial sense of self, others and the world.
If they have not been securely attached to their mother, father or main caregiver this can impact how they relate to other people as they grow up. In counselling it is possible for insecure attachment styles to gradually become more secure.
As part of my Continuing Professional Development I have attended a number of workshops on Attachment and the impact on people physically, emotionally and spiritually of dysfunctional relationships. People need to feel soothed and comforted when they are hurting. If this has not happened they may find a variety of ways to numb the pain that they feel. They may also feel that they are 'worthless' and not 'worth loving'
I work with the wounded Inner Child to bring healing. This may involve working creatively using drawings or small objects such as pebbles. As self-esteem improves hope is restored.
We would discuss what would work best for you. I have regular reviews with you to make sure that we are on track. I would suggest 6-10 weekly sessions initially but the decision is yours and depends on what is best for your circumstances.
I am experienced working both long-term and in a time-limited way and tailor my work appropriately for each client.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Relationship issues
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Loss, Life transitions, Boarding School Survivors
Individuals: £30 initial appointment
£50 ongoing appointments
Couples: £35 initial appointment
£65 ongoing appointments
My training at Waverley Abbey College (validated by Roehampton University) included extensive personal and professional learning and development over 4 years. This has given me a desire to continue to learn and I attend workshops and read professional literature to increase my knowledge, understanding and skill-set. Meeting with colleagues regularly is also an important aspect of my continuing professional development. In addition I see my Clinical Supervisor each month in line with the requirements of BACP, ACC and NCS.
I work in private Practice in Weybridge and Godalming in Surrey.I am an Affiliate Counsellor for LifeWorks which is an EAP and am also a Bupa Recognised Counsellor. I am also experienced in working with student Counsellors. Most of my clients are adults (individuals and couples). I also work with young people from aged 16 years upwards.
Clients come to me through my website, professional directories, (BACP, ACC, NCS, Counselling Directory, Waverley Abbey College, Bupa), organisations, LifeWorks (EAP), GP's, Churches, colleagues, previous clients.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weybridge: Monday 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Wednesday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Godalming: Tuesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|