Stephanie Elliott MSc, Pg Dip Couns and Psyc (Accred) MBACP, UKRCP, RMHN
What is counselling:
Counselling is a confidential process in which to acknowledge and explore problematic feelings and behaviours without judgment. The aim is to help you understand more about yourself and your difficulties and to become more aware of your own resources. In doing so, you may be able to make changes in your life or come to terms with things that cannot be changed. Change may be swift or slower: some clients may only need a few sessions, while others may want to undertake more in-depth work.The first session will be an assessment, in order for us both to decide if and how we can work together.
My counselling approach is integrative, which means working with clients using the wisdom of different psychotherapeutic schools of thought. I aim at putting these together in a way that is most helpful to the client, rather than adapting and restricting the client’s needs to one model of care. It most certainly is not about “one size fits all”, as different people may need a different approach at different times.
My initial training was in mental health nursing and I am a trained and qualified senior mental health nurse. However, I discovered that the medical and psychiatric models have their limitations in understanding the individual meanings that we as humans give to our world.
Hence, I obtained a Post-graduate Certificate, a Post-Graduate Diploma and an MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Surrey University in Guildford. This was a very in-depth training that took into account humanistic, psychodynamic, and cognitive approaches. It also considered philosophical schools of thought, such as existentialism, to help to understand the richness and uniqueness of the human mind. Following the above, I obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Psychotherapeutic Studies at the Portman and Tavistock Clinic in London.
I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR). This is a therapy that aids clients to fully process experiences that are causing problems, and includes installing new ones that are needed for full health.
Training, qualifications & experience
Accredited Counsellor British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy
Master of Science in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Registered Senior Mental Health Nurse
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Eating disorders
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Work-related stress
Fees are £45 per session for individuals and £50 for couples. Concessions can be considered for trainee counsellors and psychotherapists
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|