Stephanie Cross MBACP (Accred) BA (Hons) Counselling
07949959561 / 07949959561
Hi, I'm Steph. Welcome to my profile.
If you are feeling low, depressed, anxious or would just like to feel clearer about things, talking to an experienced qualified counsellor may be very useful to you.
People find it extremely useful to have regular time in a safe non-judgmental environment to talk about and explore areas of their lives that are causing them distress. Areas of distress are varied but often include relationship issues, family, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, stress, depression, affairs and betrayals,abuse, bereavement, childhood issues,separation, low self confidence, life, work related stress, seasonal affective disorder, etc.
People can benefit from counselling in a variety of ways, sometimes differently to how they had expected and often far more than they had hoped. Clients often find person centred counselling very empowering. This is really important because very often a person's low mood and anxiety can be as a consequence of being in relationships where they have felt very disempowered and have ceased to rely on their own internal sense of what they need to do. (eg parents, teachers, partners etc)
Low feelings, anxiety or confusion are often our bodies internal warning system alerting us to the fact that something is not right in our lives and needs to change. We are not always aware of exactly what it is as very often our real feelings can become denied or distorted to ourselves. counselling can help us to uncover these feelings if and when necessary by encouraging you to be more self accepting and self aware.
This is really the aim and starting point of counselling-through talking to a trained caring professional, you can have a unique opportunity to really listen to yourself and understand why some of those feelings exist and once identified, explore realistic options to live a more meaningful and content life.
As a dedicated counsellor I strive to facilitate this process by offering you a safe non judgmental space. It is a very simple concept but all too often quite rare in people's lives and this can be a major factor in thwarting self awareness and personal development; if you feel you are going to be negatively judged for expressing the real you, it may feel like too much of a risk -even to yourself. From feedback I have received from clients feeling like they are not being judged has been an essential factor in the counselling process as it enables them to express and understand themselves more fully.
Sometimes people find it very therapeutic just to be listened to and heard, to feel supported whilst they are going through difficult times, whilst they try to process some difficult emotions. (eg caring for someone who is ill, a difficult relationship, stresses at work or at home etc).
I hope that the above is helpful in trying to decide whether counselling is right for you. I have written it from my person centred theoretical background, but mostly from what I have learned from clients I have worked with since I began counselling in 2008.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Person Centered Counselling (Accredited by Essex University)
BACP Accredited Status
Counselling for Depression
BACP endorsed certificate in Supervision
3 day workshop in Solution Focussed Therapy
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
FOR COUNSELLING: £25 per session (50 minutes) I believe in offering counselling at an affordable rate, which in no way compromises the service given. I am happy to discuss concessions for any individuals who would really like counselling, but are on a low income.
FOR SUPERVISION: £40 per session (1½hours). Reduced fee of £30 per session (1½hours) for newly qualified counsellors.
Please feel free to contact me for further details.
I am very happy to discuss any questions you may have about counselling, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone me on 07949959561.
I work from two very peaceful counselling offices in the centre of Colchester. They are both close to the main bus routes and local car parks.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I try to be as accommodating as possible as I know that 9-5pm appointments are not always convenient. I reserve a few appointments for evenings and also 8:00am starts.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
My objective is for your supervision sessions to be a negotiated and dedicated space for you to feel encouraged and supported in your reflections on your work with clients. .View supervision profile