Dawn Boultwood, Dip. Couns, MBACP
I am a qualified, BACP-registered, person-centred counsellor offering online and telephone appointments from my office in Ewell Village, Epsom. I offer a warm, supportive, empathic and non-judgemental safe space within which we can confidentially identify, explore and understand the specific issues that are troubling you and work together to resolve them.
Are you struggling with life's challenges?
People come to counselling for many reasons. With our world changing daily because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the impact of our ‘new normal’ – including social distancing, health worries, bereavements and financial concerns – on top of our ‘everyday’ concerns can leave us feeling overwhelmed by life, alone, alienated, anxious and full of uncertainty. Talking to a trained professional can help to process these emotions and make them feel more manageable. As the saying goes, talking helps.
I have worked with people who have come to therapy for many different reasons including: anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks, panic disorder, stress, depression, feelings of sadness, low mood, low self-esteem, unwanted thoughts or fears, bereavement, fertility problems, relationship problems, work-related issues, accident/illness, and difficulty coping with a past event. All these challenges can make life feel overwhelming, all can seem hopeless, you can feel alone, lost, trapped, directionless, stressed and anxious.
How counselling can help
Through life’s tough times you might feel you are facing things alone, or that you need a different kind of support to that which your family/friends can offer. Counselling can offer you a confidential safe space to re-evaluate your past and/or present challenges and work to resolve them.
My aim is to work with you to understand what your world is like for you, and what you are like as a unique individual, so that together we can explore your concerns, allow you to process any difficult thoughts or emotions, help to put your worries and fears into perspective, and enable you to feel better able to cope and in more control of your life.
How I Work
As a person-centred counsellor I believe the quality of the therapeutic relationship is key to healing. I, therefore, work to build trust, mutual respect and the desire to work in partnership during my sessions, supporting, respecting and valuing my clients as I do so. I do this in a caring, comfortable, confidential and non-judgemental manner, so that my clients can feel thoughtfully and sensitively listened to, and that their stories have been effectively heard.
I tailor my approach to each individual client’s needs, allow them to work at their own pace, and help them find their own meaning.
What to expect in your first session
Before committing to therapy, I offer an initial, no obligation session. This first session will give you the opportunity to experience therapy, to tell me about yourself, the worries you are experiencing, and what brings you to counselling – your needs and goals for therapy. It will help us to decide if we can work together and allow you to establish if you feel my approach to counselling meets your needs. If you do decide to continue working with me, we will agree on a time to meet weekly. The pace of the work will be determined by you.
I am currently offering this initial session at a discounted rate of £40. Subsequent sessions are £50.
I currently have a range of appointments available for online and telephone sessions. Online appointments can be via FaceTime, Skype or Zoom.
‘When I came to see Dawn, I was struggling with several different issues in my personal life. Dawn listened, and without judgement helped me to talk through these issues. Through talking about my unhealthy relationships, I was able to work through my issues and start to work out solutions. I am now in a better place and know what I want from my future relationships. Thank you Dawn!’ – E
'When I contacted Dawn I was feeling quite anxious and depressed with COVID and lockdown, as well as a job which I hated. She's a great listener, and gave me some great support to stop being hard on myself. I only had a few sessions, but it's all I needed to help me gain confidence and be patient with horrible situations. I'm now in a job I love, and life is looking up. Dawn is a down-to-earth straight-talking person, which is what I needed. Thank you Dawn." – L
"When Dawn and I worked together she really listened to me and worked in the way that I needed. I felt very safe with Dawn and very heard. She offered me a space to be however I needed to be, and to offload. The biggest thing for me was feeling that Dawn gave me her attention, that she listened, that she understood, and that she valued me. Dawn was a real help to me at a time I really needed it. I'm doing a lot better now!" – G
“Dawn supported me through a very challenging and complex time of my life. She gave me the space and confidence to explore and understand the challenges I was facing personally and as a couple with our fertility issues, my pregnancy and also post birth. The support she gave through listening, being invested in my well-being and offering exercises to help channel my thinking and emotions really made a huge difference to my life when I needed it most.” – J
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory
NCFE Level 2 Award in Helping Skills
NCFE Level 1 Award in Interpersonal Skills
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
In addition to private practice, I have worked as a counsellor in an NHS Medical Centre.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Concerns in light of the current Coronavirus CORVID-19 pandemic.
Initial assessment session £40. Subsequent sessions £50
I currently offer online and telephone sessions from my office in Ewell Village near Epsom.
Please call or text me on 07710 382348, leaving a message, including a convenient time for me to call/text you back, if I am unavailable.
You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (please add me to your contact list, however, as my reply may otherwise be sent to your junk mail folder).