Rosemary Bowden - BA(Hons) Counselling
Welcome. Reaching out in a time of crisis or difficulty requires courage. I hope the information from my profile and personal website will be helpful for you as you seek a way forward. I am an experienced counsellor/psychotherapist and have been in private practice nearly 20 years. I believe it is important for you to have the opportunity to talk about what is troubling you. It matters how you are feeling. If you decide to work with me, I will be committed to staying alongside you for as long as you need with the aim of enabling you to find greater self understanding that can lead to change, to begin to live life more fully and face the future with hope.
From an early age I felt concern for people in distress, and as an adult this drew me to working as a volunteer for the Briggitte Trust offering emotional and practical help in families. Later the desire to work professionally, in greater depth and with more understanding led me to train as a counsellor and then to undertake a psychotherapy training. Being in my own personal therapy has been an important part of my training as is my own contining professional development.
How Psychotherapy/counselling can help
- Maybe you are feeling worried or overwhelmed and distressed, or depressed,
sometimes feeling that life is just not worth living.
- I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgmental setting in which to explore your
thoughts, feelings, memories, events and relationships in your life - past and present - that
concern or distress you.
- I aim to listen to you and be with you in such a way that enables you to find your
own voice and discover your own way forward.
- The difficulties we have in our lives and in relationships are often unknowingly
connected with earlier experiences. Linking the past with the present within a
therapeutic relationship can bring about understanding, greater self acceptance
and be the foundation for making choices and effecting change.
- For some people, personal growth or the search for meaning in their lives is an
important part of the work we do together, particularly during times of change or crisis.
This may be purely personal or be connected with family issues.
How long will you need to come for?
Each person is different, after an initial meeting we can decide what might seem best for
you - a fixed number of sessions or an open-ended arrangement. This can be reviewed at
any time. It may take several sessions before it seems that any help has taken place, or
whether further issues are surfacing that need exploring. Some people come for a few
sessions, some stay for several months and others stay longer.
I would welcome your enquiry. Contact me by phone or e-mail me as above. There is no obligation to take the matter further.
If you wish, we can then arrange an initial consultation. Here you can talk with confidence about what has brought you to this point in your life and we can think together whether psychotherapy and counselling will be helpful to you at this time.
We can also talk about practical issues such as fees and frequency of sessions.
I work Mondays to Thursdays during the daytime and have some evening appointments.
Training, qualifications & experience
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist,
Member of The Guild of Psychotherapists,
UKCP registered Psychotherapist, member of the Psychoanalytic/Jungian College
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.
Certificate in Supervision with the Society of Analytical Psychology 2014
Two year Infant Observation Course
My own Continuing Professional Development is important for me as a therapist.
I work within the UKCP code of ethics.
I have also had experience of:
Working in a psychotherapy unit in the NHS;
Working with the terminally ill and their carers;
Working with the elderly and those who are disabled.
I am a Supervisor for Sutton Counselling.
I offer individual supervision in my private practice.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
£50 per session.
Concessions are available for students and those on a low income by individual arrangement.
I do normally charge for missed sessions.
- My practice is in Ashtead, close to Epsom and Ewell, Leatherhead and Dorking.
- I work from home and car parking is available.
- Junction 9 of the M25 is close by.
- Ashtead train station is within 10minute walking distance.