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About me

Hi, I'm Abbie.

I am passionate about making therapy more accessible to all and removing any stigma attached to seeking help so you can better work through the challenges that life throws at you. I believe that everyone deserves the chance to be content & fulfilled in life, unhampered by issues, past or present. We all need support and a helping hand at times to make this happen. This is why I offer counselling and psychotherapy to adults who are struggling with the challenges that life has thrown at them.

My approach - friendly,relaxed, informal & effective

My service is a professional, impartial, and totally confidential space for you to heal by expressing & exploring your emotions & find a positive way to move forward in life.

Whilst professional, I work in a relaxed and informal way which experience has shown me is hugely beneficial in clients feeling supported and able to open-up - getting to the root of issues/concerns quickly and effectively.

I am a qualified integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor who provides quality mental health care and general wellbeing care to those in need. I help clients improve their lives by providing psychotherapy, counselling, hypnotherapy, and reiki to address a wide range of mental health and wellbeing challenges.

How therapy can help

All our sessions aim to give you space to relax, talk about, express and explore your concerns in a constructive way. This allows understanding, processing and release of issues that have held you back so that you can heal, grow and move forward with your life positively.

My Background & Experience

I have an extensive background working with and supporting many people from all walks of life and experience. Over the course of my entire career, I’ve helped a wide range of people who have suffered a variety of different traumas in their lives; from those who have heightened stress and anxiety due to the breakdown of a relationship or being a victim of crime, to those who have struggled with grief after the loss of a family member or loved one. My experience also extends to those who have suffered domestic violence or sexual, emotional, and physical abuse, both historic and continuing.

Working with these brave individuals has helped me develop a deep understanding of how these experiences can have a lasting negative, and sometimes invisible, impact on your life. It is common for these types of experiences to leave you struggling with feelings of anxiety, depression, despair and low self-esteem. You may feel lost, lacking in meaning and direction in your life, or have self-defeating behaviours that prevent you from reaching your full potential.

Everyone’s response to trauma and negative life experiences is different, and each one is valid.  Trauma takes many forms and it would be impossible to list every variation here, so please get in touch to discuss any emotional problem you want support to overcome. Often we don't even realise what we have experienced is trauma, but it is impacting on our life in a negative way and we need a bit of help to move through it.

Often emotional wounds are inflicted when we are very young. We are quick to trivialise our childhood experiences, but sometimes the damage can be deep and lasting and present in our adult lives in negative ways. Healing these wounds can often make quick progress or sometimes be a longer journey, but seeing people struggle and yet thrive on the other side of these issues is a deeply fulfilling experience and proves that anyone can change their life for the better and deserves to be the best version of themselves.

Let me help you to live your best life.

Get in touch or check out my website (www.claddagh-counselling.co.uk) to find out more about my bespoke & flexible treatment plans.

During the Covid 19 pandemic and beyond I am also offering significant discounts for frontline/NHS/emergency workers.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have spent the past few decades building my skills as a mental health practitioner. I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist with training in hypnotherapy and Reiki. I am a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (MBPS) having completed both my BSc and MSc in Psychology. I am also an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (MNSC) and qualified in psychotherapeutic counselling.

MSc (Psych) - Master of Science in Psychology
BSc (Hons) (Psych) - Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology
Ad Dip PC (Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling)
Dip PC - Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Dip Hyp CS - Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Counselling Skills

MNSC - Member of the National Counselling Society
MBPsS - Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

Fees

From £20.00 to £65.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My goal is for mental health & wellbeing support to be available to as many people as possible, regardless of background or financial situation.

As such, I offer a variety of discounts and concessions to make professional care more affordable.

50 mins counselling/psychotherapy |  £40

50 mins reiki | £30

Hypnotherapy Session |  £50
Quit Smoking - 2 Sessions | £200

Block of 10 sessions discount = 10% off total when paying in advance

Low income retirees - £25 per session

Students - £20 per session

Further information

Combined therapy sessions

As part of a bespoke treatment plan, we can have joint sessions where you have a 90-minute session consisting of two types of treatment. This can be arranged on a case-by-case basis depending upon your needs. For example, talking therapy followed by a Reiki session. This provides a unique and truly powerful healing experience on many different levels.

Sudbury
Suffolk
CO10

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Abigail O'Toole

Abigail O'Toole