Cherril Wilson-Toft MBACP (Accred), MA (Counselling), PG Cert. Supervision
I will work alongside you to explore difficulties, losses and changes you may wish to make; to increase your understanding of yourself and thus maximise your potential. My breath of experience of working with individuals and with referrals from the emergency and medical services and with the corporate sector, enables me to work with what you need: whether it be healing, letting go or new ways to see your situation. Gaining insights from the past to help you shape your future narrative and relationships.
Why do we go to counselling?
It may start with loss of a relationship, a difficulty at work, anxiety, childhood abuse/adverse childhood experiences but it can also manifest as feeling overwhelmed, anxious or depressed, of feeling excluded, losing confidence or not being able to see a way forward.
How can counselling help?
Counselling offers a safe and non-judgmental space to explore feelings and concerns. It can provide both a sense of release and insight as to why we are feeling the way we are. The process of sharing with a safe, trained, other person allows us to reframe past experiences. This trusting relationship that the client and counsellor build together supports the forging of new ways of seeing yourself and your situation, adopting strategies that "hold" you through a difficult period. We can begin to feel more confident about our resources and increase our sense of our own autonomy, whilst healing past wounds.
What can I offer you?
Close, affirming attention to what you are saying and feeling. Focusing with you on past hurts, present aspirations and hopes. The relationship we develop together is key to enable healing and growth when working with hurts and difficulties. I will provide a safe, confidential space in which you will feel accepted and heard.
Practicalities The initial consultation is an opportunity to explore what you would like from counselling. We then may work short term - usually six to eight sessions - or longer term depending on what you want. I can work flexibly in terms of time and face to face or Zoom or a mixture of both. I aim to provide a safe and comfortable environment which helps to engender relaxation and reflection. If useful to you, I will create tailor-made resources to equip you with strategies between sessions.
I am very happy to talk with you prior to making an appointment, so that you can decide if you want to proceed to an initial consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision (2007). I have practiced as an individual and group supervisor supporting both trainees and established counsellors.
- MA in Counselling (2003) Leeds University: researching how we perceive help and ways in which mutually supportive relationships can be healing.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (2000) Leeds University
- EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (2009): member of EMDR Association.
- Relate trained counsellor (2001working with the dynamics within couples and families.
- Trauma Summit Belfast 2020, Action Trauma
- "The Psychophysiology of PTSD & Trauma: how we can make Trauma Therapy safer."
- Dynamics of Attachment in Adult Life (2012): understanding how our attachment patterns influence our relationships.
- Anger, Rage and Relationships (2012): differentiating between expressing and working with anger, rage and feelings of panic.
I have 18 years experience as a personal counsellor, both in private practice, within universities and within the corporate sector responding to work related issues. My professional life has been about working to make a difference; prior to training as a counsellor I was a teacher, manager and delivered training for Early Years Practitioners and counsellors.
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
Some of my areas of expertise include
Trauma resolution: specifically using EMDR to process disturbing memories & reduce emotional, somatic and behavioural symptoms of the associated anxiety.
Attachment & Relationship: how attachment patterns and family dynamics can influence our relationship choices and our responses within our relationships.
Work environment: organisational change; inappropriate work demands; bullying & harassment: work-related stress; assertiveness; retirement.
Student issues: relationships; self-care, anxiety, isolation; study problems
My standard fees are £45.00 per session for an hour's appointment. Once we have engaged in counselling together the fee may be negotiable.
For trainee counsellors the fee may be negotiable.
Concessions offered for
I work in a very pleasant and private location in Much Wenlock. The Consulting room is on the ground floor with private external access.
Situated 12 miles south of Shrewsbury, 7 miles south of Telford, 8 miles north of Bridgnorth and 19 miles west of Wolverhampton.
Easy and accessible off-street parking available and very close to the 436/437 Shrewsbury to Bridgnorth bus routes.
I am also a Qualified Counselling Supervisor (PGC Counselling Supervision, Leeds University) and offer group and individual supervision to students and practicing counsellors.