Wendy Elford, Accred Cllr; Hypnotherapist, EFT Pract, & Performance Life Coach

Wendy Elford, Accred Cllr; Hypnotherapist, EFT Pract, & Performance Life Coach

READING
Berkshire
RG30

0118 996 8171

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READING
Berkshire
RG30

0118 996 8171

About me

My work is motivated by:  'My desire is to help create wellbeing in one's mind, which I believe in turn, creates body wellbeing.'

How Counselling can help:
One way of looking at counselling is that it is the process of talking out problems or difficult situations in order to gain understanding and facilitate change. This process can help with both short-term crises and longer-term problems.  It is also a means to consider one's own self development.

How Hypnotherapy can help:
Perhaps the best way to explain this is to tell you how one of my client's felt after working with me using hypnotherapy:
... I truly feel freer and lighter and believe I have gained some incredibly powerful tools to help me in the future ... the hypnotherapy itself has been powerful at times and always deeply relaxing, affirming and wonderful ...

EFT:
Using EFT helps to release negative and painful emotions and/or physical symptoms.  It is based on the recent developments and principles of Energy psychology. It can be described as a kind of psychological acupuncture, but without the needles.  It can be used for any symptom or emotional issue.  One client described using EFT as: 'I find it energising'.

The way I work:
As a Counsellor I consider your feelings with you and the way that they are affecting you at the moment. This may include considering past significant relationships and unconscious patterns of behaviour.

As a Hpnotherapist I work with negative thought patterns that have become part of one's development which unconsciously hinders full potential of self development.

As an EFT practicioner I inform the client of this technique at the assessment session and we decide together when it would be appropriate to bring this in to the sessions. For example: I consider that some clients need to talk and find a place to identify and express their feelings before moving on to managing them.

I undertake short and long term work with clients and in using my various counselling training and skills I seek to provide a hositic approach to the presenting issue.

I provide peaceful and comfortable facilities about a mile out of Reading Town Centre, just off the A4 Bath Road near Prospect Park. There is easy access to my counselling room by car and there are parking facilities. There is also an efficient bus route along the Bath Road.

The counselling service I offer is private and confidential; it is not judgemental; nor will you be told what to do. You will be helped to find your own solution. Some situations may be resolved in just a few sessions, others may take longer.

The first meeting is in the form of an assessment where consideration is given to the compatibility of working together, the mutual agreement of boundaries and the therapy fee.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Qualitifcations:

Masters Degree in Counselling. Title: Preparing for the Transition to Retirement: An exploration of the counsellors' and psychotherapists' personal experience.

Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling.

Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills with NLP

Level 5 Diploma in Performance Coaching with NLP

Emotional Freedom Technique Training Level 1 and 2

Post Qualifying Certificate Course in CBT Skills.

Certificate in Counsellings Skills.

I am an accredited counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which means that I completed rigorous and excellent training in order to meet the accreditation criteria.

Experience:

Counselling
: I have experience working with a team of the NHS Psychotherapy and Complex Needs Service, exploring suitable treatments for the individual patient.

I have experience working with agencies that provide counselling to the business world.

I have experience working with a charity who provide counselling specifically for the bereaved mother which includes: post abortion, miscarriage, still born, death of a baby/child.

I have experience working with a broad spectrum of circumstances and issues such as: anxiety, depression, low self esteem, confidence building, unemployment, retirement, bereavement, and relationship anxieties. 

Special Interest: Bereavement: experiencing loss and grief. Whether you are bereaved of a chid, husband, wife, partner, mother, father, or sibling I understand that it is difficult to come to terms with being without them. 

Maybe your bereavement involves painful memories of the way the person died.  I can provide a time for you to consider your feelings and to help you consider ways of coping with your loss and moving on while giving your loss a place in your life. 

Hypnotherapy: I have experience working with phobias and habits, such as nail biting and smoking; anxiety and stress issues; low self esteem; weight loss; sleep issues and chronic pain.

Emotional Freedom Technique: I have experience of teaching this technique to clients so that they can practice this away from the sessions regarding any issue, examples: Low self esteem, getting movtivated, nervousness in relationships, confidence, resentment, forgiveness, expressing negative feelings, feeling sad, healing, anxiety and so much more ...

Research:

Counselling
: My research for my Masters degree involved exploring the personal experience of transition to retirement for the counsellor and psychotherapist. Therefore, the outcome of my study can relate to any person in the position of transition/transitions to retirement and who has retired, and more broadly transitional phases of peoples lives. Therefore, I have a special interest in these themes of counselling.

Hypnotherapy: as part of my training I carried out research regarding pain relief and in particular in the area of arthritis including psoriatic arthritis.

Special Interests: Tansitions and Bereavement.  Please see below under heading: 'Any Further Information' for more detail.

I am a BACP Registered Accredited Member

I am a Professional Member of The National Hypnotherapy Society

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Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Retirement
Transitional phases: work, menopause, children leaving home, bereavement, retirement, growing older.

Fees

Assessment session: £50.
Therapy fee: £45-50. 
In some circumstances there is consideration of a reduced fee.

Further information

Special interests:

Transition/transitions/transitional phases of life such as relationship changes, infertility, menopause, empty nest syndrome, unemployment, retirement, mid-life, aging, growing old, the final phase of life.

Bereavement: experiencing loss and grief. Whether you are bereaved of a child, husband, wife, partner, mother, father, or sibling I understand that it is diffciult to come to terms with being without them. 

Maybe your bereavement involves painful memories of the way the person died.  I can provide a time for you to consider your feelings and to help you consider ways of coping with your loss and moving on while giving your loss a place in your life. 

Special interest: when a parent is bereaved of a young child.

Maps & Directions

READING, RG30

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

I offer: day, evening, and weekend appointments

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