You may be struggling to cope with issues that are preventing you from living a full and contented life and need some support. You may be feeling strong emotions such as anger, doubt, frustration, sadness, fear or guilt.
I provide a space to talk and a listening ear in a confidential and safe setting.
I am a warm and empathic counsellor and am trained to provide either short or long term Counselling. I have always been a good listener and realise these skills are vital to be a good counsellor.
I like to build a trusting relationship and learn how other people see the world in order to more fully understand their issues. I am able to be congruent in a warm and calm way and this has helped clients to put their trust in me.
Helping to clarify and reflect on issues in a non-judgemental way enables clients to overcome blockages and express themselves in a beneficial manner..
Finding words for feelings, some of which may have been stored up for many years, and saying them out loud in a safe and confidential setting can be a powerful and relieving experience.
Depression, relationship problems, anxiety, bereavement, abuse and addiction are just some of the issues I am able to help clients with on a regular basis.
Do you have issues with food, have disordered eating or think you may have an Eating Disorder such as Bulimia, Anorexia Nervosa or Binge Eating. Are you Overweight and find dieting doesnt work for you. You may have problems with weight and need some help.
We can use food to emotionally comfort us. I offer an individualised plan to look at behaviours, patterns, attitudes and habits around food. Improving self esteem and assertivenesss and making small positive changes can restore a balance and a more contented way of eating.
How It Works
The therapies i use are finely tuned to suit each client. You may want short -term ( 6 sessions) to explore issues establish patterns and look for a way to move forward in a positive and life changing way. Certain practical techniques may be suitable and simple exercises can be thought provoking.
You may wish to explore deeper issues from the past and look at behaviour and how it affects us now. Learning new things about ourselves can be a powerful tool for change. Longer term counselling may be appropriate for this.
New treatment for Eating Disorders
I am now offering clients with eating disorders an opportunity to have an extended session during which we look together at the issues involved and explore new ways of thinking and dealing with the crippling effects of this illness.
This has proven to be an effective way of ' breaking through ' and creating a new and positive way forward for many clients.
Please contact me to discuss how these 2-3 hr sessions work.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Person-Centred and Psychodynamic Counselling
Diploma/Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders and Obesity
University of Nottingham: Counselling for Depression course
Accredited Member of the BACP( Governing Body)
2 years Samaritan Telephone Counselling
Positive Therapy course
Fast Trauma and Phobia Course ( Human Givens)
over 10,000 hours ( 13 yrs ) Adult private clients
18mths Counselling 11- 16yr olds in High School, Thetford, Norfolk
5 years + School Counsellor at 2 Independent Boarding Schools
Trauma Counselling in the workplace for Royal Mail
Suffolk Wellbeing Service: GP /NHS referrals
Emotional Eating Workshops
Healthy Eating/Eating disorder workshops in schools
Counsellor at The Food Doctor Nutrition Clinic London
Employer Assistance Programs/ Health Insurers.
Registered with BUPA, Simply Health, Aviva, Axa, WPA.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work in General Counselling but also specialise in Eating therapy. I investigate our relationship with food from an emotional aspect and look at the Eating Mindset which controls our Eating habits.
I am a Master Practitioner in Eating disorders and Obesity and can help with specific Eating Disorders and Weight issues. I am trained to deal with morbidly obese and those with severe problems with weight.
£65.00 per session
Bury St Edmunds Suffolk:
£65 per 50mins
Concessions for students or low income
£95 Online sessions
£115 per 50 mins
Skype sessions available.
My Theoretical approaches are Person-Centred /Psychodynamic and I use Cognitive Behavioural / Solution focused Techniques.
Now also working at the Food Doctor Clinic in London.
Online Counselling available via telephone or skype. Please enquire.
Follow the link below to see an interview with Yvonne on the topic of preventing eating disorders:
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