Libby Webber, Dip H.E (Counselling), B.A (Hons), MNCS (Accred.)
If you’re feeling stuck, low, anxious or at a loss as to where your life goes from here, I offer a different perspective - a fresh pair of eyes and ears - to help you make the changes you’re looking for. Please drop me a line - I can usually offer an appointment within a week.
I'm an NCS-accredited counsellor with 10 years' experience as a therapist and, before that, many years' experience as a trainer and mentor. My counselling practice is based in Southsea, and I also offer telephone, Skype and Facetime sessions.
I can help you with:
- feeling more positive
- reducing stress and anxiety
- improving self-esteem and self-confidence
- enhancing self-awareness
- getting over a bereavement or a change in life circumstances e.g disability, retirement, the end of a relationship etc
- boosting your belief in your ability to make positive changes
- finding meaning in life when it seems to have disappeared
How I work
"Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end" (Robin Sharma)
So there's something about your life or the way you're feeling that you want to change - Congratulations! Why? Because it's only when you become aware that something's wrong that you can start doing something to make it better.
I believe that everyone has the ability to make changes in their lives, but I agree with the self-help writer Robin Sharma that it can be difficult and that sometimes self-doubt, anxiety or pain (physical or emotional) can get in the way and stop us making different choices about how we feel, think or behave.
Getting a sense of perspective on what you're feeling and thinking, and developing a sense of self-compassion and understanding, is a good first step; because being harsh and self-critical towards your self can often be a barrier to change.
Sometimes our family background, life experiences and deep-seated beliefs about ourselves and/or others can get in the way too; life 'knocks us out of shape' and we start doubting ourselves, allowing others to treat us badly, soothing ourselves with alcohol, drugs or some other habit that we know isn't going to do us any favours in the long run.
Counselling with me helps you to make links between your past experiences and present-day problems, and then to work on how you'd like your life to be in the future. And yes, sometimes 'the end of next week' is about as far ahead as you can see right now, but that's ok too. Clearing away the emotional clutter so as to gain clarity does take time, but it starts with a single thought - 'I want things to be different'.
Getting started in counselling
I know it can be difficult to take a first step into counselling - I've been there myself. So I'd like to offer you a free 10-15-minute phone call, so that we can get a sense of what each other is like and whether we're a good 'fit' for working together.
We can also talk a little bit about what you want to get out of counselling and what your questions are at this stage.
If that feels right, then we'll arrange a first appointment at a mutually convenient time - usually within about a week. I'll then send you (by text or email) my full address details.
In the first session, there's time to talk in more detail about what's troubling you, and we can decide what to focus on. At the end of the session, we'll book in for a second one - it's most effective if we see each other weekly, at least at the beginning, but I do understand that this isn't always possible. We can discuss what's realistic for you.
If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, then please contact me through this Directory as my website is currently offline for redevelopment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a great deal of experience in working with individuals at all stages of their lives; from students at school, college and university all the way through to people of retirement age. During and after my training, I worked in two local counselling agencies before opening my private practice in 2009 - Portsmouth Counselling Service and Portsmouth University Student Counselling Service. In that time, I've worked with people on a very wide range of issues; offering a supportive and objective perspective which might not be available from other people in your life.
Although I work on a range of issues, I have particular experience in working with anxiety, disability and long-term health worries, and with people experiencing what's often called a 'midlife crisis'.
If you'd like to know more about my counselling service, please contact me for a free 15-minute, no-obligation call.
My training was completed at Southampton University with a Diploma in Integrative Counselling; I have completed further professional training in:
- Using art materials in counselling
- Mindful Recovery from Addiction
- Understanding and working with M.E (myalgic encephalopathy) in counselling
- Working with creative materials in therapy and supervision
- Focusing-Oriented Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Working with young people experiencing depression
- Working with addictions
- Working with anxiety
- Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
I'm also a trainer on disability issues for therapists, with an online training course and tailored face to face workshops. And in collaboration with a colleague, I run online and face to face workshops for members of the public on living well with anxiety.
If you're interested in booking a telephone, FaceTime or Skype session, please email me in the first instance so that we can exchange online contact details.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
'Meaning of life' or existential issues
Becoming a step-parent (for individuals, not couples)
My counselling fee is £50 per 50-minute session.
My counselling room is at my home in Southsea. There’s plenty of free on-street parking just outside and the area is served by the Number 13 bus route. I'll give you my full address when we've arranged our first session.