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About me

www.woodwillowcounselling.com

Firstly, well done to you for reaching out. It takes strength to reach out and search for help.

For some people therapy might seem daunting or even a last resort and for others more comfortable with therapy they may know what to expect. I can help you to explore what's going on for you and listen in an empathetic way, without judgement.

Why talk to me?

When you feel you have the weight of the world on your shoulders or are feeling like it's hard to sort through your mind when it is full of worries, my aim is to help you understand you are not alone in your experience, and offer a safe space to speak and most importantly, to be heard.

My specialist areas include grief, loss, and bereavement. I have been a volunteer bereavement supporter with Cruse Bereavement charity since 2019 and am fully certified with the Foundation for Infant Loss both in infant loss and also life after the loss of a baby. I also have experience in other areas such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and work related stress. I am HUGELY passionate about maternal mental health and wellbeing and I am highly experienced in pre and postnatal depression and pregnant women who are suffering with hyperemesis gravidarum, alongside low mood and low self esteem / self confidence, and COVID 19 related anxieties.

I also work as a peer supporter/mentor for the Pregnancy Sickness Support Charity providing with support and awareness for a much needed cause.

What to expect?

Because to me the relationship between client and counsellor is of the utmost importance, I offer a free 15 minute consultation over the phone where you can speak to me and see if we have a connection and if you feel I am a good fit for your needs and we can discuss the benefits of the different styles of therapy I offer. If you choose to book in with me I will send you a copy of my electronic contract and we can go through this together in our first session so you feel entirely comfortable and at ease and we both understand how to best work with each other and can answer any questions you might have

I have a lovely, private home based therapy space in Hockley, Essex SS5 and also work out of spacious therapy rooms in central Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 depending on availability and personal preference. I also work both online and via telephone so you are able to choose the best type of therapy that suits your needs and that brings you most comfort.

How long does therapy last?

This is up to you. Initially I recommend working together for 6 sessions and we can review this, should you feel you require longer then that is ok too, we will establish and agree this together. My door remains open should you need further support down the line. The therapy I offer is not a prediction or prescription remedy, you are able to choose what is best for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Registered Member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical framework which can be found at www.bacp.com. I hold an enhanced DBS Certificate and am fully insured.

  • I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
  • Certificate in Supporting through Infant Loss
  • Certificate in Life after the loss of a baby
  • Certificate in Mental Health First Aid
  • I have undertaken Bereavement Support Foundation Training Face to Face (Cruse Bereavement Charity)
  • I am trained to support the Cruse National Bereavement Helpline
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills

Previous Experience

I started my counselling training in 2015, undertaking 100 hours in placement with the national charity Cruse Bereavement Care providing support on both a one to one basis and telephone based therapy for bereaved individuals. I have remained a volunteer to this day.

I also work for the Pregnancy Sickness Support Charity providing mentorship for women who are suffering from debilitating nausea and vomiting in pregnancy caused by Hyperemesis Gravidarum something I too have experienced, therefore it is a passion of mine to assist in this area.

My history also includes time working with clients who have had anxiety, depression, high sensitivity, relationship issues, or may wish to explore their life path or spirituality or childhood issues further in a safe environment free from judgement or opinion.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Hyperemesis Gravidarum

HSP - High sensitivity or Highly Sensitive People

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Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Each session lasts for 50 minutes and costs £40

I offer a free 15 minute consultation by telephone

I do have reserved sessions for low cost therapy for students & low wage earners. Please contact me should you wish to discuss this.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I currently have space on Tuesdays and Thursdays but am also able to offer limited evening sessions. 

Please contact for availability

Further information

I work from a private space within my home environment. Many people prefer the informality of it as sometimes it feels a little daunting entering a bleak office environment.

If you have accessibility issues then please do let me know at first contact so we can look at this together to minimise any issues

IF YOU MAKE CONTACT WITH ME I PROMISE TO REPLY TO ALL COMMUNICATION WITHIN 24 HOURS SO PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM/JUNK MAILBOXES FOR RESPONSES AS SOME DO GET STUCK - Thank you

Hockley
Essex
SS5

Southend-on-Sea
Essex
SS1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

For face to face sessions, please advise of any accessibility requirements on consultation call

Online platforms

Zoom
Whatsapp

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Chloé Woodward

Chloé Woodward