Beryl Wolfenden MBACP
I work from a person-centred perspective. This means that I take as my starting point the experience and understanding that you have about your own situation and what it means for you. I can then use the knowledge that I have from a range of theories and models to work with you to help you to understand yourslf better. You may then be able to make changes in your life. They may be about how you think, feel or behave in a situation, or they may be to change the situation itself.
For some people this may be about their early experience, looking at how patterns and beliefs originating in childhood may still be operating at some level today. For other people it may be better to focus more closely on the feelings, thoughts and behaviours that are operating in the present, using CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) as a model. In all cases I believe it is the relationship that develops between myself and the client that is of prime importance in effecting change.
At times of crisis an event or series of events can make you feel very emotional. You may feel very vulnerable or out of control, sometimes with thoughts of suicide or self-harm. You may behave in ways that seem out of character or be unable to function in ways that you otherwise would. If you can access counselling quickly, it can help you to contain your feelings and restore your ability to cope. You may find that it deepens your understanding and strengthens your resilience.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSC (hons) University of Southampton 1974
PGCE University of Ripon and York St John 1982
MA Social Work University of York 1991
Diploma in Counselling 1994
BACP Accreditation 1996
Certificate in Supervision 1996
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2002
I have been counsellor for twenty years. I have experience with a wide range of issues and a broad client group.
A lot of my work has been at a Crisis Centre, offering short-term counselling to people after a recent event has left them feeling that they can't see a way forward.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £35 per hour.
Some concessionary rates are available - please ask.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesdays 1.30pm-4.00pm Wednesdays 10am-8pm Thursdays 10am-8pm