Antonia Higgins PG Dip; 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 - both face-to-face or online by video - 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 Clinical Supervision (in progress)
- Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People
- 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 13+ 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.
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
My fee is £40 per session and sessions are 50 minutes long.
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.