Bridget Chillingworth Registered MBACP (Accredited) Dip.Couns.
This Pandemic has left many of us feeling anxious and fearful. Many areas of life have been adversely affected: health, work, relationships and finance to name but a few. Coping with life and managing your emotions can be difficult at times. Staying stuck, feeling hurt and unable to move forward and discover your true self can seem an uphill struggle. Lifelong patterns and unhealthy coping strategies often go hand in hand with negative thoughts and feelings about ourselves, others and the world around us. Asking for help is the first step towards healing and growth.
Counselling can seem like a scary step, but If you feel that you need someone to listen with empathy and support without judgement, then Safe Steps Counselling could be for you. Together, we can discover what help you would like and what steps to take towards that journey.
I am an Accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) I work within their Ethical guidelines to ensure a safe, confidential and trusting work environment and practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
My background includes Adult Nursing and working with children as a Teaching Assistant. I have worked for The Mental Health charity Mind and also Isas (Survivors of incest and sexual abuse).
I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2010) and a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (2011) I work as an integrative Therapist - using different ways of working with each individual client.
I am committed to keeping myself updated in different areas and regularly attend training that will enrich the way that I work with clients.
Areas that I have worked with include:
- Substance misuse
- Self harm
- Sexual abuse
- Post traumatic stress
- Grief and loss
- Low self esteem
- Relationship difficulties
- Self confidence
- Stress management.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
I charge a rate of £30 per session (One hour) The initial session is £20- cash please.
During Covid 19, payment is via Bank transfer or paypal
Sessions are one hour in total on a weekly basis, or half an hour during this time( to be charged pro rata)
Assessment sessions remains at one hour. Concession during this time would be 15.00 initial session and 25.00 thereafter for an hour.
Shorter sessions as above can be arranged
Concessions offered for
Monday and Tuesday afternoons. This remains the same during Covid 19. At present I am working with telephone Counselling in order to adhere to Government safety guidelines.
If you would like an informal, no obligation short chat, then please feel free to contact me in confidence.If unavailable, please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.Many thanks.