Cherie Hipkins (MBACP)
About me and my therapy practice
Hello, I am Cherie and I am a qualified counsellor working in Manningtree, Essex.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework. This means that I follow a 'code of conduct' to ensure good practice and am professionally accountable for my therapeutic work.
I offer caring, confidential and professional counselling to adults (individuals) from a quiet and comfortable therapy room at Foundry Court Community Centre (CO11 1ES) close to Manningtree high street. There is free parking nearby and disabled access and toilets. Manningtree has regular bus and train links. I work Mondays and Fridays with some evening appointments on Mondays.
I work 'integratively' which means I am trained to work from a variety of theoretical approaches depending on the client and their individual difficulties. I believe we are all unique individuals and that no 'one way' suits us all. I work with a variety of client issues and offer both short and long-term work, face-to-face. I have a particular interest in working with difficulties related to anxiety, depression, bereavement and loss, low self-esteem and confidence, and coping with long-term health conditions.
I believe we all have potential for change and can move forward in our own way. I do not see myself as 'an expert' but as someone who will wholeheartedly listen and work alongside you. I am 'client-led' and work with what you want to talk about and at a pace appropriate for you. I offer a confidential service where I aim to provide a safe space where you are treated with respect and without judgement. I am an honest, caring and and attentive counsellor with a calm and reflective nature.
Prior to undertaking my counselling training my core professional background was as an Occupational Therapist (OT) working in the NHS. I have worked in a variety of healthcare settings and developed a particular interest in emotional/mental health. I have also worked as a specialist in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME). I took a career break from OT to be a full-time mum before commencing my counselling training in 2015.
To give you an idea of how I work:
Please feel free to contact me on 07544 392337 (text or call) if you have any questions or would like to book an initial assessment appointment. If I am unable to take your call you may wish to leave your name and number and I'll get back to you as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours (confidential voicemail - used for my counselling work only).
An 'initial assessment' session is a meeting where we can discuss your situation in more detail and I can explain practicalities around how I work. There is no obligation for you to commit to ongoing therapy at this point but this meeting may give you an idea of what it would be like for us to work together. All sessions last 50 minutes. I offer a reduced fee first session of £25. If you decide to proceed we would discuss a 'counselling agreement' and then meet weekly with regular reviews until you feel the work is complete.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP accredited course - Life-Force School of Counselling) 2018
Stage 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills (2016)
Stage 2 Introduction to Counselling (2015)
Bsc (Hons) Occupational Therapy (1996) Oxford Brookes University
Registered member of BACP (www.bacp.co.uk) certificate no. 851317
I attend monthly clinical supervision in accordance with the requirements of the BACP to maintain therapeutic standards of practice and undertake over 30 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) per year.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
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Session fees: £30 per session.
Initial assessment session: £25
I request cash payment at the start of each session. I do not have bank card facilities. Receipts provided.
Availability: Monday 9am-7pm
Friday 9am- 5pm
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Wheelchair accessible building, therapy room and toilets. All on ground level.
Appointments available on Monday until early evening and Friday daytime.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|