Liz Chalmers MBACP (Accred)
Hello, whether this is the first time you have considered looking for a counsellor, or you have found counselling helpful in the past and want to do some more, it can be daunting to contemplate speaking to someone you don't know about very personal events, thoughts and feelings. Although it is a big step to take, my experience is that many people look back on counselling positively, as a time when they discovered new things about themselves and found a way through to a better place in their lives.
People come and see me for many reasons. Depression, anxiety, stress and family or relationship issues can be difficult to go through and deal with even if we are fortunate to have the support of family and friends - sometimes it's talking to someone who isn't involved and who can just be there for us that can make a real difference. Likewise, when we have lost someone important to us, we can need a space that feels safe and accepting in which to process all the mix of feelings we have and to take time to come to terms with what has happened and how our lives are different now. It might be that we are aware of patterns in our lives that we don't like and that don't work for us or that something feels "wrong" or "stuck" and we would like this to be different and are wondering if counselling is something that could help. Or we might be troubled by things in our past that we feel we just can't get over and move on from. These, and more, are all issues that I have experience of helping with.
I am an experienced counsellor and see individuals and couples. My practice is based in Hampton Hill and is easy to access from the wider area by car, or public transport.
Each person, who comes to see me is unique and brings with them their own background, history and their own particular experience of life with its' successes and struggles. I tailor my approach to you as an individual, drawing from all the training, resources and experience I have, to work in a way that fits you as a person, empowers you and helps you find ways to achieve your goals.
If you are considering coming to see me, people generally tell me that they find me warm and approachable. It's important though, that you choose a counsellor who you feel a rapport with and who has the right experience to help you. So, if you get in touch with me, the first thing I will do is to offer you an appointment for a Taster Session. This is a stand alone session, with no obligation to return, and gives us an opportunity to meet and get to know each other and talk about what you would like to get from counselling. I'll ask some questions to help me understand a little about you what it is you would like to work on and there will be time for any questions you have too. The Taster will take 50 minutes (75minutes for couples), and will be enough like a regular counselling session for you to get a feel of what it would be like to come and see me regularly. If, having met me, you would like to see me for counselling on a regular basis we will agree a mutually convenient appointment time for our future meetings.
Counselling works best when it can be a regular input into your life. How many sessions you might come and see me for is very much dependant on your individual situation and goals and is something we would initially discuss in the Taster Session and would then review as we worked together.
Sessions are weekly and we will arrange a regular appointment slot so that we see each other on the same day/time each week.
Once arranged, the session time will be yours to come and talk and work on what matters to you. Talking about the issues you are facing and some of the deeper more personal thoughts and feelings you have can take a time to get used to and I will be working at helping you to feel comfortable enough to begin to do that, whilst making a start on working with the issues you are bringing.
I am a Registered and Accredited member of the BACP and in line with their code of ethics I will keep what you tell me confidential. Like all counsellors and in keeping with best practice I use supervision, which itself is confidential, to help me monitor my work and ensure that I give you the very best service that I can.
Getting in touch
If you would like to arrange a Taster Session and see how we might work together then do get in touch either by phone on 07896 498003 or e-mail by using the link above. If you would like to know more about me first, then you can find more about my training/qualifications and my rates below or please visit my website by clicking on the link above. If you have any questions you are welcome to get in touch with those too. I'll look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and experienced humanistic counsellor with an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (2007). I am an Accredited Member of the BACP and listed on the BACP Register For Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Reg. No 038577). As such I am bound by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
My original training integrated aspects of three humanisitc approaches to counselling :
Person Centered Therapy
My style of counselling is also informed by:
- attachment theory, which looks at how our earliest relationships shape the patterns we adopt in our adult lives and how these patterns can be modified where they have become unhelpfl to us.
- modern developments in neuroscience that help us think about the interplay between body and mind and the role of our early experiences in shaping our emotional life.
- body psychotherapy approaches which value working holistically and creatively with the whole person
Counselling is my second career, one that never ceases to fascinate me. I have experience of working both in voluntary sector agencies and in private practice. I enjoy learning and continue to add new skills and understanding to my work, and keep updated with developments in counselling and psychotherapy.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Taster Sessions: £30 per 50 minute session
- For individuals: £45 per 50 minute session
- For couples: £60 per 75 minute session