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My name is Donna, and I am a licensed Counsellor running my own Private Practice called Through the Trees Counselling. I absolutely love my role as a counsellor. Why? Because I love supporting people to be the best versions of themselves and I hope that I can help you too. I feel privileged to work in this field and to be able to help so many clients grow and move forward in their lives where they may have not thought it was possible.
I work with adults and teenagers encountering concerns such as anxiety, depression, abuse, intrusive/negative thoughts, overwhelming feelings, family and relationship problems, bullying, peer pressure, self-esteem, self-harm, substance use - drugs & alcohol, work related issues, abandonment, guilt, men's issues, pregnancy related issues, stress, confidence, anger management, bereavement and past & present trauma.
Clients usually start seeing improvements after 3 - 6 sessions. Consistency is key at the beginning of therapy. We will discuss this in more detail during your initial call.
I am under no illusion that it takes a great deal of courage and guts to ask for help at times in our lives and this is why you are probably here. I know first-hand what it feels like, as I myself at one point in my life, had to also reach out. I remember feeling really nervous to pick up the phone, not knowing what to expect, but looking back now and being a counsellor myself, I realise it was one of the best decisions I ever made.
Sometimes you just need someone to listen and walk alongside you so they can feel what it is like to be in your shoes. Each one of us is going through a different journey in life. It is not always easy reaching out to someone you know or even love, even our closest are sometimes unable to help us, not because they do not care, it is just because they do not know how.
This is where I can help
My counselling style
Working as an Integrative Counsellor means I can draw on different types of therapy to tailor the counselling approach specifically to your needs. This approach is more flexible and inclusive than more traditional, singular forms of treatment. Taking into consideration your unique needs, experiences and goals will enhance your treatment experience
I offer short and long-term therapy depending on what your concerns are. We will review together as we go along ensuring that you are getting from the sessions what you need. My aim is that my clients are always at the centre of their therapy.
One counselling approach does not fit all. I am fortunate that I have been trained in several different counselling modalities which enables me to tailor the session to your specific, individual requirements. Clients have said to me 'Donna I feel better but I’m not sure why' or 'I feel so much stronger in myself and am more self-aware'. My response is always the same thing, 'Counselling is an amazing process and you just have to trust it'.
Each one of us are unique in our own way. Another person may be going through the same thing as you and yet that person may see things completely differently to you. Sometimes you just need someone to see the world as you see it and look through your lens.
I am here to listen to you and see your world as you see it.
Thank you so much for your time in reading my profile. :-)
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB 2018-2020
- Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills CPCAB 2017-2018
- Level 2 Cert in Counselling Skills NCFE 2016-2017
- Level 2 Cert in Awareness of Mental Health Problems NCFE
- Redbridge Befriending Project - Redbridge Concern for Mental Health 2014
- Co Production in Health & Social Care - London Borough of Redbridge
Continuing professional development CPD
- Mental Health First Aid Training
- Mental Health Awareness
- Safeguarding Adults
- Drugs & Alcohol Addiction
- Safeguarding Children
- Anxiety & Depression
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Autism Awareness
- Diabetes Awareness
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
- Self Harm
- Panic Attacks
- Personality Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Post Traumatic stress disorder
- Eating disorders
- Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences
- Working with trauma
- Childhood Sexual Abuse
Counselling Placements during Counselling Training
Drugs & Alcohol Agency - Change Grow Live 2018 -2020
Mental Health Charity - Positive Tools 4 Life - 2018-2020
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 - £65.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Get in touch to arrange your free telephone consultation (20 mins).
Sessions are £50 via Zoom, or by telephone
Sessions are £65 for face to face session
Discounted fees for university students, counselling students in training and for people receiving benefits as below :
£55 for face to face appointments at Cherry Tree
£45 for face to face appointments at Barkingside
£40 for online zoom or telephone
Payments are requested to be made 48hrs before your scheduled appointments.
I totally understand that cancellations cannot be avoided at times. However, I would appreciate if I could be notified either by email or via text at least 24hrs before your scheduled session if you are unable to make your appointment. If notified of cancellation within the 24hrs a full refund will be given or transferred to your next session.
If, unfortunately, I do not receive notification of cancellation within due time, the full amount will not be able to be refunded due to another person being able to fill that space.
I understand though every situation is different and I am aware emergencies come up which cannot be avoided, so always willing to discuss. I am also human :-).
Thankyou for your understanding.
When I work
If the above times are not suitable for you, please contact me and I'm sure we can arrange something more convenient for you. Donna :-)
A little bit more about my background
Apart from running my own practice, I have also been working for a mental health charity as a Recovery Worker/Service User Lead for over 10 years. I support people who are struggling with their mental health to live as independent life as is possible for them. I collaborate with clients who have mild to acute mental health diagnosis.
Before I worked in the mental health field, I started volunteering for a small local mental health charity. I knew I had always wanted to help people, so I decided I wanted to give something back to the community and began working in my spare time as a voluntary befriender helping people who were suffering with their mental health.
The voluntary role was not only rewarding to me personally, but I actually decided at that point, that this is my path in life. I just want to help people. I left my permanent job at the time and found work within a local mental health charity called Imagine Independence. It was the best decision I ever made and I have never looked back.
On reflection, this role most planted the seed of looking into me training to become a counsellor.
I feel privileged to work in this line of work and to be able to help so many wonderful people.
Thankyou for taking the time to read :-)