Hello, and welcome.
I am Abigail Bobb-Semple, and I am a qualified person-centred counsellor working in private practice in Harlow, Essex.
How Counselling Can Help
Many people find themselves needing help to recover from a difficult experience or series of events in their lives.
Sometimes you can feel emotionally lost or alone, as you struggle to make sense of what’s happened (or in some cases, what hasn't happened) in your life.
When significant relationships around you are not as you would wish them to be, it can shake your confidence, and create self-doubt.
You may want to explore your thoughts and feelings, with a view to gaining greater self-awareness, an understanding of what you need, or a clearer picture of how to arrive at what is best for you.
If you struggle with a sense of "voicelessness", powerlessness and isolation, I can help you on your journey.
In this difficult season brought about by the impact of COVID-19, I would like to offer support via phone or video-call.
As soon as I am able to resume face-to-face sessions, I will do so.
What happens in sessions
As a person-centred counsellor, in your sessions, I offer you the understanding, acceptance, transparency and safety needed to explore what matters most to your well-being.
This means that in the sessions, I will be focussing on your concerns, and on how you are experiencing life. I will be walking alongside you, respectfully, at your pace, aiming to see your life through your lenses.
I will be listening to you, (which will encompass more than the words you'll speak) with warmth and empathy, in a non-judgemental way, offering honesty and openness in the therapeutic relationship, with a view to supporting you towards your natural self-healing process.
I provide a safe confidential environment for you to access what you need in order to move on as you would wish.
A counselling journey towards better health
I have counselling experience that includes working with adults who have experienced abuse as children, those struggling with stress, anxiety, bereavement, depression, low-self esteem, and many other issues.
I firmly believe that counselling support can make a notable difference.
If you are considering counselling, please feel free to get in touch via phone or email. If I am unable to take your call, please leave a message and I will endeavour to get back to you within 24 hours.
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Training, qualifications & experience
- BA Hons in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Anglia Ruskin University)
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling skills (CPCAB)
Experience and Training
I have several years’ experience of working within the Criminal Justice System, most specifically connected to practice and procedure within the Crown Court.
My training and experience includes speaking to and supporting witnesses at court during trials, and managing Crown Court cases within a Domestic Abuse Unit.
I am also a Workplace Mental Health First Aider.
As a Registered Member of BACP, I adhere to their Ethical Framework.
I hold an advanced DBS Certificate, and have full public liability insurance.
I undertake regular Continued Professional Development including courses, workshops and conferences.
Most recent CPD
Adverse Childhood Experiences: Igniting Resilience and Hope During and After Covid-19 (Confer).
Online Sandtray Skills Training: Lesley Simpson-Gray (The Sunflower Network).
Dr Karen Treisman: Trauma Responses in the Context of a Pandemic (The Sunflower Network).
Counselling Online (BACP and Open University)
Conducting Online Therapy: Christiane Sanderson (Nscience)
Working Creatively with Children. Brenda Meldrum (Play Therapy)
Dr Karen Treisman: Understanding the Impact of Relational and Developmental Trauma and Disrupted Attachment on Children & Young People.
CBT training: The Beck Approach (Beck Institute)
Neurodiversity Conference (DSN)
Working Therapeutically with Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (The Grove )
Impact of Child Sexual Abuse On Adult Survivors and their Relationships (Into The Light)
Supporting Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse (NAPAC)
Managing Mental Health in the Workplace (Westminster Insight)
Loss: What does life mean for me now? (BACP)
Working with Grief (BACP)
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
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
- £40 per phone/video call session (50 minutes)
- There is a reduced fee (£35) for our initial session, which gives us an opportunity to connect, and for you to decide if you think the way I work would suit your needs.
- Concessions are available for students and those on a low-income, especially during this challenging season (We can discuss this during our initial session).
- Payment can be made on the day by bank transfer.
Monday and Friday daytime and evenings, Tuesday-Thursday evenings, Saturday mornings.