Abigail Sykes

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Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, MK18
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Welcome. I'm a therapeutic counsellor, working with an integrative approach. Meaning I can draw on various skills and techniques, enabling me to tailor sessions to best meet your needs, keeping you at the centre of the work.

I aim to create a relaxed, safe and non-judgemental space, for you to bring whatever feels significant for you during therapy. To meet you with empathy, curiosity, understanding, and a sense of feeling held throughout the process. I work with an awareness of the importance to have a space where you can share your innermost thoughts, feelings and processes with another human being, without the fear of judgement or a sense of trying to be fixed. Supporting you as an equal, to explore and navigate your own way to finding what works for you moving forward.

What is counselling and how can it help?

Counselling with me will provide you with the space to reflect on, explore, and make sense of whatever has been troubling you. Whether that be life events that have been difficult for you, or day-to-day struggles resulting in stress, anxiety or depression. It could even be something from the past, that is impacting your life in the present. Together, we can safely explore what is going on for you and how it might be affecting different aspects of your life, such as relationships, work, communication and both physical and mental health.

Talking to family and friends can prove difficult if they are somehow involved in the issues too. Having time to talk to a counsellor that is outside of the situation, can help you to better understand yourself, feel less alone, truly heard, understood and sometimes offer a different perspective. All these things can help you to gain a much clearer sense of your needs and empower you to find your own solutions along the way.

As a predominantly Person-centred counsellor, I hold a firm belief that you are your own expert on your life, and I will be here alongside you to offer that support and exploration within the safety of the therapeutic relationship. I won’t offer you advice, but rather work with you to explore your own resources and experiences at your own pace. Drawing on my integrative models of Transactional analysis and Gestalt this might look like, talking, body work, exploring communication and relationship patterns, creative work, or looking at parts of self. 

Clients have reported-

·       Feeling truly heard and understood.

·       The freedom to share openly in sessions, without judgement.

·       Ability to set boundaries and self-regulate.

·       Improved self-esteem.

·       Learning tools/techniques to support themselves.

·       Increased self-awareness and understanding.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Currently in progress.)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling BACP approved.
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

I'm a therapeutic counsellor based in Buckingham town centre, offering sessions both in-person and online. I am a registered member of the BACP, having completed 4 years training, including over a years' face-to-face clinical experience.

I come from a background of working in health and social care, which led to a deep interest in understanding mental health, and a desire to offer support in this area. 

I have clinical experience working within a cancer centre, supporting individuals with a broad range of presenting issues such as, anxiety, bereavement, grief, low self-esteem, loss of identity, existential issues and neurodiversity. And I am currently working with young people aged 11-18 within an educational setting. 

Please do get in touch if you would like to find out more about working together.

I am committed to professional development and am currently undertaking a Level 5 diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

Member organisations

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£45.00 - £55.00

Additional information

In-person sessions £55, Online sessions £45.
The therapeutic relationship is key to the counselling process, which is why I offer an optional free 20 minute, no obligation phone or video call. Where we can discuss what support you feel you need, what I am able to offer, and answer any questions you may have.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
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Monday: 9:30am - 8:30pm, In-person (Buckingham)

Wednesday: 11am - 3pm, Online 

Friday: 9am - 3pm, Online 

Further information

I'm a registered member of the BACP and work according to their ethical framework, as part of this I attend regular clinical supervision and CPD training. I also hold an enhanced DBS certificate. 

Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, MK18

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Abigail Sykes
Abigail Sykes