As a result of lockdown rules, all sessions are being held via Zoom or telephone at the moment (whichever is preferred). Once lockdown rules are lifted, I will be opening up my face to face sessions again for those who would prefer this.
Stella has a wealth of experience in both the private and NHS sector of mental health whilst also coming from a business background. She retrained 20 years ago as a therapist and believes that therapy is about enabling a person to make the changes in their life which they feel would be of benefit. Sometimes the decision to see a therapist can be as a result of a particular incident, such as a trauma or a bereavement, but at other times it is simply when the person feels 'stuck' or unsatisfied in their life. Her approach is based in the psychodynamic model which means that she bases her work on making links with the past and present in order to help move towards a future which will be more satisfying for the person.
Sometimes the work is set for a fixed number of sessions whilst at other times the work can be left 'open ended', to be ended at a time when enough work has been done for the person to feel ready to move on in their life without the continuing exploration and support of the therapist.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified psychoanalytical psychotherapist and counsellor with over 20 years experience, having worked in private practice, the NHS, a private psychiatric hospital and as a Case Manager for Bupa.
- Post graduate training in psychodynamic counselling (Regents College)
- Post graduate training in psychoanalytical psychotherapy (WPF)
- Psychological Assessment (WPF)
- Brief Solution Focussed Counselling (WPF)
- Life Coaching (Centre for Stress Management)
- Post Traumatic Stress Counselling (Regents College)
- CBT skills for the qualified psychotherapist (Metanoia Institute)
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Tuesdays: 11am - 12.30pm, Wednesdays: 7.30am - 12.30pm, Thursdays: 10am - 12.30pm, Fridays: 7.30am, 11 - 12.30pm.
I am only offering counselling via zoom, FaceTime or telephone currently.