Abbie Cranham DipHE Counselling,MBACP (Reg) MNCS(Accred)
81 George Street
Isle Of Wight
Welcome to my profile page, I hope you can gain a sense of what to expect if you decide to take the step and contact me. Please call or email if you have any further queries about your specific situation and how counselling can help you.
At some point in life most of us face challenging situations, it's not always easy to talk with the people closest to us, sometimes it may be that there is nobody to turn to for support.
If this is something you are experiencing right now, I can provide time and space to explore your thoughts and feelings. Knowing that you are in a safe and supportive environment, where you will not be judged, can allow for free expression of some difficult issues.
I work sensitively and attentively; at your pace. Some things take time, especially when they have been deeply held for a prolonged period of time.
I offer a confidential space to consider your situation and aim to provide a professional;valuing and friendly approach, where there is also a place for creativity and humour, where appropriate.
There is a particular emphasis on the significance of the therapeutic counselling relationship as a means of enabling change: the interpersonal relationship that develops through the sessions can be seen as supporting and nurturing the individual's relationship with themselves, as well as with those around them.
How Counselling Can help
At times life can become stressful and it can feel overwhelming. Many of us can feel dis-empowered and even isolated.
It is easy to get stuck in fixed, limiting and often negative patterns. These can impact our ability to make good choices and can affect confidence levels and self-esteem.
Taking some time and space to focus solely on you with a qualified professional can allow for reflection,insight and assist with a greater sense of fulfillment. Together we can look at ways of helping you feel and think differently about your life with an aim of changing negative behaviours.
People access counselling for many reasons such as dealing with past issues or current life changes such as retirement;divorce;health-related issues or bereavement, or perhaps for personal growth and to raise self-awareness.
If you think I may be able to help, please get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have five years' experience working with YMCA Counselling providing counselling for children and young people in a variety of settings; secondary schools and sixth form as well at the organisation's counselling centre. I also worked within the charity’s bereavement service providing counselling for children.
Currently working in private practice, with adults and adolescents, as well as with the Paediatric Diabetes team at St Mary's hospital providing counselling support for children adolescents and their families where there is a Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis.
I have worked widely with mental health issues;self harm;bullying;and issues around identity and sexuality.
My experience means I have a wealth of knowledge to offer counselling support for children and teenagers over 12 years of age, also parents who may be struggling with many of the challenges that arise when raising children and teenagers.
During my counselling training I volunteered for two years' providing bereavement counselling with adults at a local hospice.
Prior to training to be a counsellor I have many years' experience working and volunteering with diverse groups within the social care field;in areas such as supporting people affected by homelessness, domestic violence and pregnancy related issues such as post-natal depression and birth trauma.
I hold a Diploma with Distinction in Humanistic Gestalt Counselling, validated by Winchester University(2012)
ABC Level 3 Counselling Skills Certificate .Peter Symonds College, Winchester(2009)
Transactional Analysis 101 (2009)
NCFE Mental Health Awareness Training Certificate
Ongoing Safeguarding Training
BA (Hons) Social Science and Literature. University of Manchester (1995)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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What to expect
The first session will an introductory meeting to discuss your situation, and to gather some factual information like GP details and your address. I recognise that this first session can be very daunting and aim to put you at ease. This session will be 30 minutes at the reduced rate of £25.
- Subsequent session will last 50 minutes and cost £40
- Reduced rates for counselling students and people on low income
- Fees payable by cash, cheque or BACS.
- Available for short term sessions of up to six weeks or long term/open ended
- I am a registered member of British Association Counselling and Psychotherapy(BACP)
- An accredited member of the National Counselling Society(NCS) bodies are approved by the Professional Standards Authority.(PSA)
- I adhere to the BACPs Ethical Framework and NCS Code of Ethics.
- I attend regular Continual Professional Development events to keep my knowledge up to date.
- I undertake regular formal supervision with a qualified counselling supervisor to ensure I am working ethically and in the best interests of each client.
- I hold full Public Liability Insurance and have an up to date DBS enhanced certificate.
- Therapy room in Ryde accessible via public transport, train and bus links as well as convenient parking space at the nearby supermarket.
- My room is upstairs so not appropriate for wheelchair users or people with mobility problems. If this is your situation please contact to discuss an alternative venue. Home visits are a possibility.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Currently available Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|