Trish Benson Counselling Therapist & Registered M.BACP
Hello, my name is Trish thank you for taking the time to read about myself and the counselling I provide.
I am a professionally qualified therapeutic counsellor, a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) providing counselling for 15 years, seeing client's privately for 11 years, offering both short term and long term therapy.
My practice is in a village on the outskirts of Kings Lynn West Norfolk.
I see adults individually, and as couples for both short term counselling and longer-term therapy, I also see young people over the age of 14 years old.
Previously my professional work always involved helping others, working within the public sector (the prison service as a prison officer for 17 years) and then charitable organisations, The Matthew Project West Norfolk, Diverse a sexual health charity in Cambridgeshire alongside counselling for 10 years within a local mental health charity based in West Norfolk.
How counselling can help can be difficult to put into words, but I believe it provides a unique place, solely for you, to talk about what you would like to talk about, to bring your concerns, discomfort, parts of life that you have been trying to manage or find a way through either recently or maybe for some time.
The way we find ourselves living our lives at the moment will undoubtedly trigger and push internal buttons. All sorts of thoughts and feelings will be surfacing, it is difficult to know where feels ok to take these.
Counselling provides important time and space to hear your own thoughts and words and speak your truth, though it’s not always easy to do so, that’s ok we take our time.
There is no expectation, you bring what you bring and are welcomed as you are.
I am compassionate which I feel is not about quickly turning on a light to make it feel better (that I think would be just maybe making it easier for me ) compassion I believe is sitting in the dark with you so we can understand together, then you can find your way . Within my own therapy someone sat with me and I began to understand things a little differently.
Counselling can also explore patterns which seem to keep repeating or thoughts that keep returning. Eventually and at a pace that feels comfortable for you, we try to find meaning, a different awareness.
I am not able to offer advice or solutions, tell you what to do but I can “be” with you and help you to understand yourself more fully, find your inner resources.
It is this awareness and understanding which leaves you feeling freer to embrace your future and live a meaningful life, even in the most testing of times.
How to begin
Understandably questions and concerns will surface as you consider counselling. It's not at all unusual to feel apprehensive about the process or feel uncertain where to begin. Any counsellor practising safely and ethically will try to answer any questions, concerns or thoughts you may have.. Choosing a counsellor who you feel you can connect with will help to ensure your counselling gets the best possible start.
The weblinks below may provide some useful information about finding the right counselling for you and about accessing counselling via telephone or online.
We usually begin by arranging an initial meeting to consider if the counselling I offer and the environment I work in feels comfortable for you.
After our meeting, you may feel you would like to continue; we would then decide a mutually convenient time to meet regularly. If however, we don't feel compatible, or perhaps I am not able to provide the support you were hoping to find. I am committed to exploring other possibilities with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Training and Qualification
- Foundation Training IGA - Institute of Group Analysis - Turvy Centre 2016-2017
- Bereavement Counselling 2018- Current
- Volunteer Counsellor and Support Group facilitator - Mental Health Charity 2003 - 2019
- Body Image 2017
- WPF Effective Group work 2015
- Bereavement Counselling 2018- Current
- The Body in Therapy & Counselling CPD 2008- 2009
- Tavistock Centre for Couples and Relationships- Affairs the impact on relationships
- Professional Certificate of Proficiency (CoP ) 2012
- Norfolk Safe Guarding Training - Children Board 2008
- Helpline Training The Matthew Project 2008
- Level 4 Post Grad Adv.Dip Therapeutic Counselling 2004-2006
- Level 3 Counselling Studies 2004 - 2005
- Level 3 Counselling Skills 2004-2006
- Leading Structured Groups (Group Facilitator HMP Service) 2003
- Level 2 Counselling Skills; Level 2 Introduction to Counselling Skills
- Prison officer within the Prison Service a, Group Facilitator and Staff care team support.
- Drugs Support worker for the Matthew Project charity within Norfolk.
- Support worker for DHIVERSE a Cambridge based sexual health charity
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Uk Volunteering Service
- Co -Facilitated mental health support groups to help manage loneliness and isolation
- Co-facilitated process groups for first-year psychology students - University of East Anglia Norwich.
I am able to offer reduced rates on specific days and times,so please ask for more details.
Individual sessions £40.00p per session
Couple sessions £55.00p - per session
I will be donating a % of all fees to a nonprofit Covid research study conducted Dr Tim Spector - Kings College London. I would like to encourage as many people as possible to visit the symptom registering app the more people who join the more we can understand . The app is called COVID Symptom Study , It only takes a minute a day to complete and can help fight the outbreak .
Concessions offered for
I hold a current DBS (The Disclosure and Barring Service)
Bus stop 5 min's away from location (Norfolk Green 505 between Spalding &
I attend monthly supervision to ensure I uphold my ethical responsibilities I regularly attend counselling seminars and workshops to ensure I continue to develop my understanding of specific difficulties and needs .