Elizabeth Kovacs B.Ed (Hons), MBACP
I am accredited with the BACP and have over 20 years experience of offering confidential counselling on a wide range of issues. I work with the person-centred approach whilst also integrating Transactional Analysis (T.A.) and the use of arts materials in a unique way according to your needs. My background is in teaching, education welfare, personnel management and employee counselling. I have worked for the NHS and local authorities as well as in private practice. I have a particular interest in, and experience of, working with children, teenagers and young people.
I offer the time and space for you to talk freely about your concerns and will listen with respect and without judgement. Each person is a unique individual and therefore, the way I work with each individual varies.
I will listen to your concerns and help you to look more closely at anything that's troubling you so that you can build a better understanding of yourself and your circumstances. This will put you in a better position to start finding solutions and to live your life in a more satisfactory and fulfilling way.
I take confidentiality seriously and will explain the boundaries of confidentiality more fully in the first session. If you would like to find out more about confidentiality please do feel free to call me to discuss further.
How can Counselling Help?
Some of the ways that counselling can help you are as follows;
- Feeling less stressed
- Feeling calmer and more content
- Improve your ability to make decisions
- Enjoy happier relationships
- Enable you to move on with your life.
What sort of problems can Counselling Help with?
Counselling can help when you are experiencing difficult feelings such as sadness, hurt, anger, disappointment, grief, or jealousy. It can help when you don't feel very good about yourself and have low self-esteem, or if you are finding relationships difficult. It can help with the emotional impact of difficult practical problems.
What happens when I contact you?
I will ask what you're looking for and you can ask any questions that you might have during our free of charge initial phone consultation. If you decide you would like to have an initial session, we will agree a mutually convenient time for a first appointment.
What happens in the first session?
You can attend the first session without any obligation to continue. I will ask you some questions to get background information. This will be the only time I take notes. You will then have the opportunity to talk about what has brought you to counselling and what you would like to get from it. I will explain how I work and you will have the chance to ask questions. At the end we will decide whether we will work together, and if so, book further sessions.
How long does counselling go on for?
Counselling can be short term, for instance 6 weeks to perhaps a few months, or longer term, perhaps one or more years. It very much depends on what you are working on. We will review timescales as we go along. Most people get a sense of when they are ready to stop having counselling.
What if I don't know why I want counselling?
There may be times when we know we're not happy but don't know why, or that there's something wrong and we don't know what it is. Together we can explore what's going on in your life and how you are feeling and then we will begin to uncover the causes of how you're feeling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Personnel Management
Diploma in Counselling
Certificate in Integrative Arts Counselling
Certificate in Supervision
Certificate in CBT
I have a background in teaching, personnel management, education welfare as well as counselling. I am currently working as an employee counsellor, and school counsellor as well as in private practice. I trained with CRUSE Bereavement Care and worked with them as a counsellor, trainer and supervisor for 7 years.
I also work with children and young people.
I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by their code of ethics.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I speak German fluently.
I offer a free initial phone consultation for you to call me have a chat about your requirements; we can then decide if we are happy to continue to work together.
Sessions (per hour):
I work from West London, near Kew Bridge, Brentford.
By Bus: 267, 237, 391 & 65 all stop very close by.
By Train: Kew Bridge mainline station is a 3 minute walk away.
By Tube: Gunnersbury Station on the District line is a 15 min walk or 5 mins by bus.
By Car: Very close to the A4, M4, North and South Circular, not far from A40.
Parking: Parking is free in the private car park (there is no congestion charge).
Disabled Access: There is a small step to the front door. A ramp could be arranged if needed,