Brenda Hopkins Reg MBACP PG Dip Couns MA Cert Adv Couns
There may be a number of reasons why you are looking for the type of therapeutic service offered here. Perhaps you've been 'just about coping' with all that life has thrown at you. Perhaps you've experienced a major life change and you're struggling to adjust. The thoughts, feelings and emotions that you are experiencing might have suddenly appeared, may have surfaced gradually, or may have been around for most of your life. Whatever your motivation and reasons, I welcome the opportunity to work with you therapeutically. In my work, I start from a person-centred approach; in other words, I believe the client should be 'in control' of the therapeutic process. As such, I would work with you in order to identify what would be the most helpful approach for you. I am within easy reach of Great Yarmouth, Norwich and the East Coast area of Norfolk, only five minutes away from the A47, Acle Straight and the A149.
How I work:
This very much depends on the type of issues or difficulties that you want to work with. I offer both short-term work (e.g. six sessions) and more open-ended, long-term work. Previous work with clients has involved:
emotion-focused work to support clients to identify, access and safely express underlying emotions;
dream work to enable the client to 'problem solve' and connect with the feelings surrounding a significant or disturbing dream, using focusing techniques;
empty chair work to enable a client to address areas of 'unfinished business' with a significant other;
two-chair work to enable a client to explore conflicts or splits in their own experiencing;
identifying core beliefs to enable a client to gain greater insight into what might be driving their behaviour, with a view to helping the client ‘restructure’ that belief.
focusing techniques such as 'clearing a space' to enable a client to get a greater sense of clarity about what is troubling them. This is especially helpful if you feel overwhelmed or 'numb'.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, University of East Anglia
- Level one Emotion Focused Therapy, University of Strathclyde
- Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Institute of Counselling (University of the West of Scotland)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Counselling Skills, University of East Anglia
- MA Pastoral Theology, Cambridge Theological Federation
I currently maintain a private practice together with client work for Eating Matters and the Sue Lambert Trust. I have previously worked with the Counselling Service at UEA. I have experience of working with clients with a range of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, social anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, sexual abuse, attachment difficulties, eating disorders, emotional overwhelm or difficulty expressing emotions, sexuality and difficulties arising from identity or existential crises. I have twenty five years experience of working with people in distress and at times of crisis.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
Initial consultations are offered at a reduced rate of £25 for an individual and £35 for a couple.
Full price rate for an individual is £40
Full price rate for a couple is £50
It might be possible to negotiate further concessions and reduced fees, depending on personal circumstances. Fees are reviewed annually.
My core approach as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist is Person-Centred. I have also completed further, post-qualifying training in Emotion-Focused Therapy, which I utilise in my work. In addition I offer techniques drawn from Focusing and Mindfulness. I am fully qualified, with a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of East Anglia and a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from the Institute of Counselling (University of the West of Scotland). I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the national regulatory body for the profession. My work is covered by the BACP Code of Ethics and I have full professional indemnity and public liability insurance in place. I also have an enhanced DBS for working with children and vulnerable adults. For your peace of mind, I am happy to make all documentation available to you.
Prior to training as a Psychotherapist, I worked for eighteen years as a teacher and manager in further and higher education. I make use of the skills gained here in my therapeutic work, particularly where it involves an element of 'psycho-eduction', such as helping a client to manage stress, addictive behaviours, difficulties related to sleep or for improving psychological well-being generally. I am also an experienced personal and professional development adviser. Having worked in large, complex organisations I have a working understanding of the stresses of a busy workplace and the expectations of demanding job roles.
I have also worked as an Anglican Priest in parish and chaplaincy posts. I hold postgraduate qualifications in pastoral theology and have over twenty years experience of pastoral work with people from all walks of life, and at times of personal distress and complex need. I am very interested in integrating elements of spirituality in therapeutic work, if this feels appropriate to you. 'Spirituality' is often undervalued as a vehicle for exploring, accessing and expressing our core identity and values. It need not be specifically religious; in fact, it often isn't. I would like to reassure you that I bring an open, accepting and non-judgemental approach to my work. It feels important to emphasise this, as I know that 'religion' has been the cause of significant hurt for some.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments available Mondays and Fridays. Some early evening appointments available. I have no current availability at the weekends for new clients.
Types of client