Antonia Higgins PG Dip. Registered Member MBACP Tranquillo Counselling
Making the decision to seek counselling is your first courageous step toward change. Whether that change is about making huge life-altering decisions, or about better self-understanding and self-acceptance, I can be with you on that journey.
I offer my clients a safe space where they can explore their unsafe places. As a qualified, registered person-centred counsellor I believe that working with you in a non-judgemental, empathic and genuine way creates the most effective environment for you to explore your problems and fears.
The person-centred approach puts emphasis on you, the client, being at the centre of your counselling process. I believe that the strength of relationship between the counsellor and the client is one of the most important factors in you getting the positive outcomes you want from your therapy. I work in an empathic, non-judgemental and genuine way to help build that important foundation of trust between us. I believe that you are the expert on your own life and that exploring your problems with me in a therapeutic relationship based on trust, authenticity and compassion can help you to get to where you need to be at this time.
Counselling can help you work on many issues including self-esteem, confidence, assertiveness and setting personal boundaries, anxiety, depression, and healing from bullying, harassment or abuse.
I am a qualified counsellor on BACP's Register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. This is in recognition of my commitment to high standards.
Training, qualifications & experience
PG Diploma in Counselling - University of Strathclyde
COSCA Counselling Certificate - West Lothian College
BA General - University of Stirling
I am committed to developing myself and my skills through regular continuing professional development, and recent CPD has included:
- Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People - Module 1 complete (Module 2 ongoing)
- Person-centred Group Facilitation Training
- The Daring Way - based on Brenè Brown's Daring Way process
- Working with Partners of Trans-identified People
- Gender Diversity
- Transgender Awareness
- Positive Psychology/authenticity
- Conflict Resolution: Understand, Communicate, Resolve
- SafeTalk and ASIST suicide awareness/prevention training
- Child Protection
- Adult Protection
- Domestic Abuse Awareness
- Writing Therapy
I have experience of working with clients of all ages (11+) who have come with a wide range of issues and difficult life events. NOTE: I work with clients age 14+ in private practice.
I am a qualified counsellor on BACP's register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. This is in recognition of my commitment to high standards.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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My fee is £40 per session and sessions are 50 minutes. However, I do believe that counselling should be more accessible to people regardless of circumstances, so I do offer some concessionary rate places for people on low incomes. So please do let me know if cost would be a barrier and we can discuss this.
I strongly believe in equanimity and inclusion and work with all genders within and beyond the binary.
I also deliver training and workshops on aspects of mental health and emotional wellbeing, and on becoming a therapist in private practice. Please contact me to discuss requirements if this is something you are interested in.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My counselling room is up a flight of stairs. There is no lift in the building.
Please contact me for availability
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|