Hi, I'm Billie and thank you for taking the time to view my profile.
I am an Experienced Psychotherapist offering services within private practice in Chelmsford, Essex and surrounding areas.
Life can be unpredictable and often things are put in our paths that have an impact on our psychological and emotional wellbeing. Sometimes these issues can take their toll and cause us pain and suffering, partly due to pushing them to the back of our minds, bottling up or just trying to ignore them in the hope they may just go away. Quite often we try to maintain a brave face and show the world that we can cope, but the reality is, when we ignore difficult experiences, feelings and thoughts they are trapped inside. They never really disappear, they stay just in the background within ourselves continuing to have an impact on our view of self, our relationships, our perception of the world and others.
You may have experienced an issue that is on your mind, or a difficulty has been triggered by a life event or a traumatic experience, such difficulties can affect your life and your relationships particularly when they haven't been processed. Left unexplored and unexpressed difficult life experience, feelings and emotions can impact our mental and physical health and further lead us to build and depend on unhealthy coping mechanisms.
A healthy alternative is to look after your emotional and psychological wellbeing by seeking therapy. Talking with a therapist can provide the opportunity to process and work through those difficulties and explore why they might be happening. Therapy also provides an opportunity to gain insight and awareness of yourself that you may not be aware of. With added insight things become clearer, you feel less stuck and your choices for coping and responding become broader and healthier.
I really do believe that you have the strength to not just survive, but to truly thrive.
Training, qualifications & experience
Here’s some things about me I thought you may like to know.
My Approach to Therapy...
Firstly, The Relationship with your therapist is critical.
Therapy is about creating a safe and trusting environment in which you are able to express yourself as freely and openly as possible, where your pain and happiness are both welcome. By being offered a space to be authentic and vulnerable you can truly begin to heal, when we feel truly seen and validated.
Therapy can be Transformational, and that’s what I am here for, the opportunity for you to bring the messy, unfiltered and stuck parts of you. The parts you have hidden from those around you, in therapy you can take that mask off. We often carry with us our past fears and wounds as well as our painful experiences, this can leave us feeling stuck and left living with many emotions and feelings that are overwhelming and often destructive. By exploring you and all of you, you gain an insight and awareness of yourself, your patterns of living, your ways of coping and managing that may not be working or alternatively are destructive to you. Therapy can provide information, alternative tools, choices and clarity. Therapy can be empowering and life changing and the reason for that is that you get to be, You.
As an Integrative Psychotherapist I am able to utilise and combine different theories and interventions, this has many benefits to this approach, but the most important to know now is that working Integratively enables me to provide the very best therapy for You, a completely individual approach, for you.
Throughout the accumulation of my experience since my initial graduation I have had the opportunity to work with young people and adults both in the public and private sectors. Working within these sectors I have worked with many individuals with different presenting issues and challenges they were faced with.
I have worked with people individually and in group settings, facilitating both structured and unstructured group therapy.
I have been faced with great opportunities to write and implement a number of programmes for local charitable organisations within Essex. These include; Building Self-Esteem, Stress & Anxiety, Relationships & Intimacy and lastly a 12 Week Relapse Prevention Programme for substance misuse.
I have a natural want to learn and understand people, the mind and life and this has led me to seek and complete many courses for both personal and professional knowledge and development. One of the courses I have achieved is a Diploma in Supervision, which has led me to broaden my practice to working with Trainees and qualified Counsellors and Psychotherapists. This further sparked an interest in the development and training of the Counselling field and I embarked on the journey of lecturing on a variety of levels of courses. These included a number of levels starting with Basic Counselling Skills to the BA Honours at a local College of Further and Higher Education in Partnership with the Open University.
I am always embarking on continued professional development for many reasons, but here are the main core qualifications I hold, if you want to know more or my most recent, please get in touch.
- DipHE Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Bsc Hons Integrative Psychotherapy
- DipHE Supervision for Individuals & Groups
- Dip Addiction Counselling
I am a Member of The British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy and adhere to their Code of Ethics.
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
From £60.00 to £120.00
Individual Counselling & Psychotherapy
Individual counselling sessions are arranged weekly for the duration of 50 Minutes at either of our locations. Individual sessions aim to provide you with a safe environment to focus on building a healthy, open and honest therapeutic relationship, the foundations required for you to be able to speak freely about your presenting issues or concerns.
£60 - Standard individual therapy for 50 minute session.
Reduced rates are available for students.
Young person & Adolescent Counselling
Many young people are struggling with how they feel, just as adults often find asking for help in relation to their mental health difficult, imagine how daunting this maybe for a young person.
Whether they are having problems with friends, family or school, are presenting symptoms of anxiety or depression or displaying signs of anger or fear. They may need to talk about how they feel with someone, but find it difficult to talk to someone they know.
Counselling can provide a space to help talk things through, offering support without judgement in confidence. Different methods maybe used to that of adult counselling as there are other issues to consider, namely safeguarding issues. Furthermore, the aim of counselling remains the same to help the individual to cope better with their feelings and aid the development of tools to manage on their own.
Sessions can be provided in person or via Skype/Zoom.
£60 for 50 minute session.
£60 for Skype/Zoom 50 minute session.
All relationships have ups and downs, sometimes things can get difficult and it can become hard to find a solution. Whether you are feeling things just aren’t quite right or your experiencing serious difficulties counselling can provide you with time and a safe space for you both to explore authentically and support you towards a positive outcome. Sessions are arranged weekly for the couple, offered with difference in duration either 50 or 90 minute sessions.
50 Minute Session £95
Online Counselling Services & Support
You can now access counselling services through your computer via Skype, Zoom or email. There is many research evidence supporting the effectiveness of online counselling, this method of counselling has eradicated some of the limitations many encounter when seeking counselling. Online counselling enables individuals to connect with specialists regardless of location and enables individuals to remain in the comfort of their own surroundings.
so whether you live miles away, find it difficult to leave the house or are restricted by time online therapy may well be for you.
£60 - Standard Individual Counselling session 50 Minutes Via Skype/ Zoom.
Prices for online support via email & Instant Messaging will need to be discussed in relation to individual needs.
Current availability is limited, no evening appointments available.
Please contact me to discuss availability for appointments.
With clinical supervision being an extremely important element to the counselling profession for all professionals , from trainees to the more advanced counsellor/psychotherapist.
My supervision philosophy and belief to a successful supervision practice is anchored within the Integrative approach by being able to utilise and combine the following essential theories; Person-centred, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural and Mindfullness.
Embracing and combining all of these theories, I believe aids the supervisee to experience a greater supervisory experience.
Working integratively primarily allows flexibility within my approach to supervision, further allowing myself to be open to working with a wide range of counselling practitioners, sharing knowledge and experience.
Adopting an integrative approach enables the formation and building of a healthy learning environment within the supervisory relationship, something that is essential to any therapeutic relationship and this is a requirement that needs to be emulated from the Counselling relationship to the supervisory relationship.
At its simplest form supervision is defined by the overseeing of another individual, This is the same premise within the counselling profession. It is mandatory to maintaining a healthy and ethical practice adhering to requirements of many professional governing body's, namely the BACP. Supervision remains an extremely important component and the opportunity for focus and growth personally and professionally.
Having had the opportunity to conduct individual and group supervision within varied settings and with a wide range of counselling practitioners from trainees to experienced.
I provide supervision to counselling organisations, newly qualifying and qualified counsellor's working with adults and young people, with a range of presenting issues.
If you require further information in regards to supervision and fee's please get in contact.