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About me

Hello, I’ve worked as an integrative counsellor for 15 years, the last 12 being for the NHS. I feel passionately about mental health and whilst at times the journey is quite challenging, I am always amazed at individuals ability to make positive changes in their lives to help them fulfil their full potential. Sometimes we know the areas of our lives that cause us anxiety, low mood and distress. At other times it is just a sense that all is not well and we need professional support in understanding our distorted thinking, unhelpful behaviours, ability to self sabotage or reflecting on our wider community and those people we make relationships with. In my work with young people, adults or couples I support people with issues such as:-

  • Depression
  • Prolonged periods of unexplained sadness and low mood
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Anger issues
  • Impacting work, social, family and school life issues
  • Lack of self-esteem and self-belief
  • Bereavement and complex loss
  • Identity including gender and sexuality

So if you feel you are going through a challenging time and you are uncertain how to cope with it or come to terms with it then my integrative approach uses the best of a variety of theoretical approaches to find out what works best for you.

I can guarantee you a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space where together we can work through those difficult aspects of your life.

In addition to my private work I continue to work for the NHS children and adolescent mental health services which allows me to continue to grow in my knowledge and expertise in a multidisciplinary team. My area of interest is working with individuals living with Autism (ASD) and ADHD. I support individuals in building resilience, understanding their diagnosis and finding ways to reduce anxiety and reducing triggers to behaviour difficulties. I can also work with parents in coming to terms with parenting a child with additional needs and the challenges this can bring.

I have also worked in bereavement services in the past and have supported many adults in coming to terms with loss in all its forms.

About me 

i am here ready to listen to your story and to go on the journey of understanding and exploring the areas causing you distress and unease. I will support you and encourage you to have a greater sense of yourself and what you want to be different. We will work together in empowering you to take your journey in the direction you wish it to go.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold professional registration with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I hold enhanced DBS clearance which allows me to work with different client groups including adults, children and young people.

  • Higher Diploma (level 4) in therapeutic counselling
  • Modular postgraduate: Psychoanalytic Studies of working with children with additional needs and their families
  • BACP Certificate in Proficiency
  • Level 3 Safeguarding Children - NHS
  • Additional training in mediation, parental mental health, OCD , domestic violence, substance misuse, loss and bereavement and attachment.

My practice is COVID -19 secure and I adhere to government guidelines to ensure safe practice for both you and I; therefore I am able to offer face to face appointments. However if you are more comfortable with virtual appointments this is also available.

My experience alongside working in the NHS includes working in Local Authority teams, Domestic Violence services, charity organisation that provide bereavement counselling and general mental health support.

Prior to my counselling training I worked in social care teams, schools and nursery provisions.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Integrative

Fees

£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Concessions offered for key workers, low income, OAP’s, trainee counsellors, students and unemployed. Please note I have limited spaces for concessions or those on limited income.

Fees 

Initial Assessment : £50 per 1 hour session

Therapy sessions : £40 per 50 minute session

Couple session or Parent/child session : £50 per 1 hour session 

Availability - Tuesday day time session

Evening  sessions and weekends

Please get in touch to discuss your options or to explore how best I can support you.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Tuesday availability between 9.30 and 2.30pm

evening availability between 6.30pm and 9pm

Further information

Please feel free to call me if you want to see if I am the right therapist for you first. I welcome any questions or clarification on any of the information I have shared. Please note that I may not always be able to answer your call immediately, just leave your contact details and a name and I will get back to you within 24 hours.

Stifford Clays
Grays
Essex
RM16

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Zoom
Dawn Nielsen MBACP

Dawn Nielsen MBACP