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MBACP The Loss Counsellor online Counselling service

About me

Hi, and thanks for looking at my profile. I offer online counselling which allows flexibility and comfort in your own surroundings, and because the counselling is via video call, I can work with people in and out of Plymouth.

Feeling unsure?

​If you're feeling unsure, I absolutely get this. I understand that there are people who feel they can't approach counsellors for support because, deep down, they fear judgment and/or feel their issues are not 'bad enough'.  I am in my 40s, have arms full of tattoos, and can sometimes stand out from the crowd with regards to my appearance. I understand the feeling of being judged as people have often made assumptions about me. You don't have to feel unsafe with me,  just be yourself and 'come as you are'.  I absolutely welcome difference and offer empathy, compassion, understanding and over 8 years of counselling experience working in mental health.

Please look at my website for more details. I am more than happy to speak with you if you have any questions.   www.thelosscounsellorplymouth.com

You can also find me on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/thelosscounsellorplymouth

Hours of work

Usual working days are: Tuesday-Friday (Session slots are dependant on availability)

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience within counselling environments

Young Devon- Young Persons counsellor. Working with teenagers who want mental health support. Dealing with anxiety, anger, self harm, suicidal thinking, frustration, sexual orientation, guilt, shame, grief, low self esteem, a sense of not belonging/not fitting in, issues at home, issues at school, body image issues, bullying, online bullying, drugs, self injury and safeguarding.  Age range-12-16.

Cruse Bereavement- Grief counsellor. Working with clients who experienced a bereavement through unexpected or expected death which included murder, suicide, accidental death, different illnesses, long term health conditions and death through older age related issues.  Also worked with mothers who suffered loss through miscarriage, still birth/fetal death, and complicated grief through abortion.  Worked with clients who experienced suicidal thinking, low self esteem, self injury,  anger, sleep disturbances, shame, guilt, intrusive thoughts and/or imagery, anxiety and depression.  Age range-17-70+ .

Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service - Co-facilitator of a support group for females. Working with females who experienced domestic abuse and/or violence. Group sessions and one to one if needed. The sessions looked at the cycle of domestic abuse and looked at the different types of abuse. The sessions also focused on confidence, assertiveness and self esteem. Many of the women suffered with suicidal thinking, anxiety, depression, flashbacks, substance misuse, low self esteem, guilt, shame, lack of confidence, social anxiety, learning difficulties, eating disorders, trust issues, sleep disturbances, and issues with managing money/finances.  Age range-18 and upwards

Counselling Qualifications

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)

Level 3 Counselling studies (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)

Level 2 Introduction into Counselling (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I work with people who are exploring their sexual orientation, have suffered lesbophobia/homophobia/biphobia, have come out at a later age or who haven't been able to come out at all. 

I also work with females who have experienced domestic abuse, sexism, lesbophobia/homophobia, biphobia and typical issues relating to girl/womanhood. 

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Fees

From £25.00 to £35.00

Additional information

                             How much are sessions and how many can I have?

At present, there is an offer on; Sessions are £25 each. This offer will end on 1st July 2022 and will resume to the usual cost of £35 per session. (The price change will not affect those who start sessions before 1st July). 

How many sessions will I be offered, how long are they and how often will I have them?
I understand that people process information differently and have different lifestyles. In view of this, I am able to offer sessions once a week, fortnightly or 'as and when' a session is required.  Sometimes people see how they feel after each session and other people may start off once a week, then later move to fortnightly and then 'as and when'. Its different for everybody. Each session is up to an hour long. I can offer long or short term therapy.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Usual working days are Tuesday-Friday.  

(Sessions times are dependant on availability)

Further information

Type of counselling offered

The type of counselling model I use is Person Centred Counselling, sometimes referred to as Client Centred Therapy or Person Centred Psychotherapy. It is a talking therapy that focuses on the client and their feelings. This type of therapy recognises individuality and uniqueness, and with my help, gives room for the client to explore their feelings around any issues they bring. I also use an integrative approach as I recognise that one style of counselling does not suit all. 

People contact me due to a loss or multiple losses in their lives and often find themselves exploring other areas of their life that may not be about loss. This is very common as most experiences have context which bring up other experiences and feelings. Sometimes people are unsure how to begin and I may offer some help in the way of questions to start the process.  My role is to  help you explore your own self.

​With loss comes a whole host of emotions and feelings. I have worked with people who have anxiety, depression, low mood, anger, grief, fear, guilt, stress, shame and low self esteem/confidence. 

​I work using a trauma informed approach and have understanding of difference. I genuinely care about the people I work with.  I'm also very aware that different people share at a different pace. I will never force a client to open up about issues they do not want to talk about.

Talking therapy is unique for each person due to individual experiences. Some people have an outpour of emotion, some share at a slower pace and some find it challenging to share at all.  It's quite common for people to experience a range of emotions throughout sessions.  

It's very common for clients to 'open up old wounds', an expression used when revisiting memories/experiences.

I have worked with people who have never had counselling before, and with people who have.

There is no one way to be. People deal with their losses in different ways and they also communicate in different ways; sometimes using humour or anger to express themselves. I will work with you to fit your communication style. 

Plymouth, Devon, PL5

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Online platforms

Zoom

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