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About me

If you and I were to start a conversation about your life, what’s the most important question or problem that’s keeping you awake at night? What’s the thing you would most want a therapist to understand so that together you can start looking for a better way forward?

It might be about where you’re going in your life; do you need a new direction, personally or professionally? It could be about getting over a loss or bereavement; do you need someone to listen to your painful feelings without judgement? It could be about depression or anxiety; are you looking for coping skills and self-acceptance?

Counselling is about starting a conversation and seeing where it takes you - finding a better place to be.

I’d be very happy to come with you on that path, exploring the way together. Please drop me a line - I can usually offer an appointment within a week.

I'm an NCS-accredited counsellor with 12 years' experience as a therapist and, before that, 15 years' experience as a trainer and mentor. Although I’m based in Southsea, I work online across the U.K. using Zoom, FaceTime and on the phone.

If you’re unsure about using video apps or whether online sessions can really be effective, I’m more than happy to have a chat with you beforehand and put your mind at rest.

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 - although it might not seem like it, this is a good sign; it's only when we become aware that something's wrong that we can start doing something to make it better.

I believe that everyone has the ability to make changes in their lives, and I agree with the self-help writer Robin Sharma that it can be difficult; 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 yourself 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 and our ability to change or adapt.

Counselling helps make links between past experiences and present-day problems, and then to work on how you'd like your life to be in the future. 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 offer 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 about what you want to get out of counselling and what your questions are at this stage.

If that feels right, we can arrange a first appointment at a mutually convenient time, usually within about a week. I'll then send you (by text or email) my bank details - I do ask for the session fee to be paid in advance for that first appointment.

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 or visit my website for more information.

Training, qualifications & experience

My experience

I’ve been a counsellor since 2008 and have worked with people on a very wide range of issues, including:

  • anxiety and how to move on from it
  • grief, loss, bereavement and sadness and how to rediscover a sense of purpose
  • feeling ‘stuck in a rut’, midlife crisis, boredom and dissatisfaction and how to reignite your passion for life
  • low self-esteem or self-confidence and how to build yourself back up
  • long term ill-health and disability and how to live well with long term conditions

Working online

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to learn new ways of doing things in order to keep ourselves and others safe, and counselling is no different! What I’ve also learned is just how helpful online counselling can be for you, the client:

  • your safe space can be a quiet room in your home or office - or even your car. It’s your territory, your own environment and this can be very reassuring especially in the early days of counselling work.
  • environmentally friendly! No need to drive, find parking or use public transport - just turn up to your laptop, tablet or telephone when our session is due to begin and you’re ready to go.
  • screen-sharing of useful worksheets, diagrams and information sheets. On some video apps we can share screens so that as we talk, I can easily send you documents to read or fill in during the session to help you make progress towards your goals. Much easier and more engaging than sending emails after the session has ended.

How do online sessions work?

When we have our initial ‘meeting’ on the phone, we’ll talk about which video app is going to work best for you - usually FaceTime (for Mac or iPhone users) or Zoom. If you’re unsure about using or downloading any of these apps, please ask - I’ll do my best to help.

Once you’ve chosen which app to use and we’ve agreed a date and time, I’ll call you at that time to start the session. As we all know, technology does sometimes go wrong, so the backup plan would be for us to try a phone call or, failing that, a text message conversation to reschedule the session. But this really is a very unusual occurrence.

If you'd like to know more about my online counselling service, or have any questions, please email me to arrange a free 15-minute, no-obligation call.

My training

I completed my professional practice training at Southampton University with a Higher Education Diploma in Integrative Counselling; I have completed further professional training in:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Working with Chronic Pain
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • 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
  • Mindfulness
  • 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.

If you're interested in booking a telephone or online session, please email me in the first instance so that we can exchange online contact details.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

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

National Counselling Society

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Becoming disabled
Mid-life crisis
'Meaning of life' or existential issues
Life/skills coaching
Becoming a step-parent (for individuals, not couples)


Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

My counselling fee is £50 for each 50-60 minute session. If - after our first full session or introductory consultation - you’d like to book a block of six sessions, I offer a discount of £5 per session (£270 paid in advance). 

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I offer a free 15-minute consultation by phone or Zoom. Please email me with your contact number so that we can arrange a convenient time. 

Southsea
Hampshire
PO4

Key details

Sign language
Other languages None

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
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Libby Webber — Counselling for life’s big questions

Libby Webber — Counselling for life’s big questions