Corinna Shea, Counsellor, MBACP
How can therapy help?
All of us may experience challenging times in our lives that we may feel unable to escape or overcome. Put simply - everyone at some point could use some support, and therapy may be a way to offer this support. Therapy can give insight and help us rediscover the strength and inner capabilities we hold to enable ourselves to move forward – from being at the mercy of painful long- or short-term issues towards an existence with more clarity, understanding and the happiness that each one of us deserves to experience.
What to expect in the first session
For some of us the idea of therapy may be somewhat daunting, as we do not know what it entails, or think that it may not be for us. As I fully appreciate that a strong therapeutic relationship is a fundamental contributor to the therapy process, I always offer an initial meeting to establish if we would both like to move forward with further sessions. In this session present and past issues could be broached and discussed, and we could consider your hopes and expectations for the counselling. It can also be an opportunity to see how comfortable you feel in a therapy setting.
Therapy as personal growth
Therapy is not there to 'fix' a person. Each of us already holds what is needed to help ourselves recover and move forward in life. Through gaining understanding of ourselves we may begin to learn what and when we would like to change about ourselves and/or our situation, and what elements we would like to learn to nourish and accept. We can regain personal purpose and power that we may have felt lacking, retrieving it from whatever it is that has been holding us back.
I am a counsellor at the City of London Therapy Centre, the website of which is below:
I hold my counselling sessions in this quiet and private Clerkenwell converted townhouse, conveniently located near various transport links.
Old Street station is 9 minutes away, as is Barbican Station. Angel is only 17 minutes walk.
Buses number 55, 243, 394, 43, 205 and 214 all stop near the practice.
There are various cafes nearby to have a relaxing tea before or after your session, should you wish.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and qualifications
I hold a level 5 FdA in Counselling, and am a Registered Member of BACP, fully adhering to their Professional Ethical Framework. Coming from an Arts background, I also hold a BA (Hons) in Cultural Studies and an MA in Creative Writing:Scriptwriting.
I am an experienced and qualified Person-Centred counsellor, and so work in a client-led, humanistic way. However, the way in which I work with each person will be tailored to them and them alone - I believe the therapy must fit the client and their needs, not the other way round. With this in mind I may feel it helpful to draw on skills from other therapeutic models such as CBT, Gestalt and Existential Therapy.
I have appreciated being able to counsel many different people, from varied backgrounds and walks of life, with both simple and complex issues. As well as my work in general counselling practice I have worked within the fields of bereavement, school and college environments (staff and students).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
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My fees are currently £40 per 50-minute session (before 4pm), and £50 after 4pm.
I offer off-peak concessions of £35 for students and the unemployed. Other concessions may be discussed.
I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation before meeting, to discuss what brings you to seek therapy, and to arrange an initial session.
I provide long or short-term therapy, depending on the needs of the individual. This can be talked about in the initial meeting, and re-addressed at any point during the therapy.
I am also happy to offer online and telephone counselling, for those who find it difficult to come to the practice.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available to see clients on Monday-Saturday between 8am and 10pm.
Types of client