Sylvia Hallam DipCoun MBACP RICKTAR - BACP Accredited Counsellor & Supervisor
I am an experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor who has been practicing for 20 years. In that time I have seen 100's of clients and had over 7000 counselling hours which evidences my experiences.
I have had many successes across a wide range of issues, am fully supervised and trained. Because I am passionate about counselling I attend training courses regularly to ensure that my knowledge is constantly updated. I have a dedicated counselling room which offers a private, safe and confidential environment. with excellent parking and disabled access.
Testimonials : "I have found a few weeks with you have benefited me more than a year with my other counsellor", "I would never have been able to handle life so well before I came to you", "You, Mrs Hallam are good for the soul, you allowed me to talk about my darkest fears and find - my own way like no other person I have ever known. I will be indebted to you forever" "you didn't know it at the time - but you saved my life!" "I have recommended friends and family" "I learnt to talk with your help" For more information and testimonials, please feel free to visit my website as above : www.shconfidentialcounselling.co.uk
14 years volunteering experience. Counselling young people between the age of 14 and 25 with AICH and YMCA. This, I believe, kept me grounded and ensured that my values and skills were maintained. It also allows me to empower young people who have little or no control of their environment. I now work with young people and their parents (together or separately) within my private practice and receive many referrals through my clients.
During my training I attended several experiential days and many weekends which gave me a huge self awareness and understanding of myself. This together with my training enabled me to become the successful counsellor I am today.
I embarked on a training course back in 2000 at a time in my life when I seemingly had everything but was deeply unhappy within. I was ready to throw away everything which was good in my life. My training has enabled me to become aware of my own destructive behaviours and understand my own prejudices so that I do not stereotype people. I believe each person is an individual and every situation is unique and different. My beliefs of counselling are to encourage the client to work out their own solution, responding and relating when appropriate, so the client can make their own decisions. It enables each client to take responsibility for themselves rather than become dependent. I trust the client to know what is right for them, accepting where my clients are. Let me empower you too.
I know how difficult it is to talk to anyone, let alone a stranger, and I understand the courage it takes to make changes to your life, but once you do, you will not look back.
I studied the Carl Rogers Person Centred Approach which encompasses the 3 Core Conditions of Congruence (genuineness, openness & honesty), Empathy (the ability to walk in someone elses world) and Unconditional Positive Regard (non judgemental and respecting feelings).
Part of the course criteria was to personally receive 40 hours of Person Centred Counselling, which I far exceeded. This counselling has enabled me to explore my own awareness in safety and I believe that this gives me the ability to stay with what my client brings and also an insight of what environment to offer; allowing me to tap into my own resources.
* Group Facilitator with Graham Falconer (12 Week Course) April 2003
* Regular Group Facilitation (between 12 to 30 participants) at experiential weekends
* Tutoring at St Ivo community Education Introduction to Counselling NVQ Level 2
* Counselling with AICH (Advice, Information & Counselling in Huntingdon) and YMCA - Counselling young people between the ages of 14-24
* Attendance at numerous experiential workshops in addition to those course requirements, which included 12 residential weekend experiential and in excess of 35 weekend experiential
* First contact listening and support service for Huntingdonshire District Council employees
* Private practice for 20 years+
* BACP Accredited
* Fully supervised
I continually receive training for a vast number of issues and this keeps me up-to-date with changes in the profession and enables me to grow.
Over 7000 counselling contact hours which means lots of experience
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Level 6 Supervision course completed June 2013
BACP Accredited UKRCP Registered
CAMH (Child & Adolescent Mental Health) 11 week foundation course
Level 6 Supervision Course
Relate Couple Couselling
Solution Focused 2012 - YMCA
BSL Sign Language (NVQ2) 2005 2006 Peterborough Adult College
British Sign Language (NVQ1) 2004 2005 Huntingdonshire Regional College
Communication Tactics 2004 Huntingdonshire Regional College
Diploma in Counselling 2001 2003 Linton College, Cambridge
Certificate in Counselling 2000 2001 St Ivo, St Ives, Huntingdon
Introduction to Counselling 2000 St Ivo, St Ives, Huntingdon
I am a RICKTAR Practicioner and also have a current CRB check.
First Aid Appointed Person.
Over the years I have attended many training courses (a list can be provided) to ensure that my knowledge and experience is challenged and developed and I am always willing to learn something new
Addiction, ADHD, Affairs & Betrayal, Aggressive Behaviour, Attention Seeking Behaviour, Alcohol Abuse, Bereavement, Bi Polar, Body Image, Bullying, Confusion, Controlling Behaviours, Couple Counselling, Cross-dressing, Debt, Depression, Domestic Violence, Drug Abuse, Eating Disorders, Empowerment, Family Breakdown, Family Therapy, Family Issues, Fear of Commitment, Gambling, HIV, Isolation, Mental Breakdown, Mental Illness, O C D, Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Phobias, Promiscuous Behaviour, Racism, Relationships, Religion, Risky Behaviour, Self Harm, Sex Abuse, Sexuality, Spirituality, STDs, Stress, Suicide, Transgender, Couple Counselling, workplace stress, controlling behaviour
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
I offer Supervision and also would like to work with trainee counsellors who require therapy as part of their course requirements.
Couple Counselling All too often today couples feel that relationships are just too much hard work, but how would you feel if you could turn that around; after all you've already invested so much of yourself why throw that away? Counselling helps to understand the behaviour of your partner, husband or wife and find a way to work differently. In my sessions you will learn to hear each other, respect each other, set boundaries, come to agreements and learn how to be intimate again. In some cases one or both of you might have decided to end the relationship and just need the safety of a mediator in order to have your feelings and opinions heard and find a way to work towards an amicable separation.
I have a vast amount of experience working with couples and I welcome working with you please contact me for a brief discussion on 07941961351
Mid-life Crisis is something which is real and affects many people (male & female). I have helped many clients come to terms with the new chapter or should I say book, in their life. Let me help you to understand and move past.
Menopause (when menstration stops forever) often referred to as "the change". For most women it means much more than this. The psychological difficulties this causes are enormous. I believe the hardest is for those women who are classed as too young to be experiencing the menopause This is actually called the Peri-menapause (when estrogen levels start to drop). My experience of this is that it is often the denial of these symptoms which is the most detrimental. Studies show that often women are in denial of of the onset of menopause. I help women to come to terms and embrace the new phase of their lives, just as we did when we were teenagers, many of us struggled with the change form child to young adult.
Please contact in to discuss
Individuals - (discounts for block bookings)
Couples - (discounts for block bookings)
Families - home visits available
Evening Sessions available - price on enquiry dependant on times
I do have places available to offer discounted fees in cases of hardship - please ask me for more details.
Employee Assisted Programme & Health Insurance
I have foundation training with CAMH and frequently receive private referrals from schools, clients, GPs
I have experience with telephone counselling and Skype - this is beneficial for clients who have contstraints such as time, travel, location. Although my preference is always to offer face to face counselling as I see more benefits for the client when they experience the healing which takes place on a one to one basis I know that some remote counselling has a place and is certainly beneficial.