Abbie Cranham DipHE Counselling,MBACP (Reg) MNCS(Accred)
Isle Of Wight
Welcome to my profile page, I hope you can gain a sense of what to expect if you decide to contact me. Please call or email if you have any further queries about your specific situation and how counselling can help you.
It is my belief that mental health support should be a priority in a similar way that we routinely attend to our physical health and can be seen as a way to maintain emotional wellbeing. Having somebody to talk to can be effective at times both when things are beginning to feel overwhelming and perhaps our usual methods of coping are not proving useful, as well as when a crisis point has been reached.
People access counselling for many reasons such as dealing with past issues or current life challenges such as family or relationship problems; stress; bereavement; mental health difficulties or perhaps for personal growth. 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 but sometimes a few sessions may be enough to focus on a specific issue.
I offer a confidential space in my bright and comfortable room in central Newport, I am lucky to have a central yet quiet and discreet location. I aim to provide a professional;valuing and friendly approach, where there is also a place for creativity and humour,where appropriate.
How Counselling Can help
It is easy to get stuck in fixed and often negative patterns.It is common to hear that people are struggling with a tendency to overthink and get stuck in a negative loop. These can impact our ability to see things clearly, make good choices and can affect confidence levels, self-esteem as well as testing our relationships.
Taking some time and space to focus solely on you with a qualified professional can allow for reflection,insight and allow for a greater sense of perspective.
Together we can look at ways of helping you feel and think differently about your life, perhaps you would like to find new ways of coping or consider changes you may like to make.
If you think I may be able to help, please get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working since 2012 in the charitable sector providing counselling for children and adolescents; working within secondary schools and sixth form. I have five years' experience providing bereavement counselling for children and adolescents with YMCA Counselling Service.
Within my private practice I work with clients of all ages and have had much experience working with 18 to 25 year olds with a range of issues.
Currently working in private practice, with adults and adolescents, as well as with the Paediatric Diabetes Service at St Mary's hospital providing counselling support for children, adolescents and their families where there is a Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis.
Experienced working with bereavement; people struggling to cope with anxiety or low mood; as well as with those who have a family history of mental health problems.
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, undertaking training and volunteering for the National Childbirth Trust in West Sussex , Home-start IOW as well as providing bereavement counselling at Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
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 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
NCFE Certificate in Understanding Autism
Certificate in Non-Directive Play
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
- 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
- Hearing voices
- 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 problems
- 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 up to 50 minutes at the reduced rate of £30
- Subsequent session will last 50 minutes and cost £40
- Reduced rates for self-funded students, young people between the ages of 18 to 25 and individuals on a low income. My fees are based on affordability and to be discussed at the initial assessment.
- 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) 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 Newport is conveniently located in a central position, accessible via public transport with numerous nearby car parks.
- 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|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|