Donna LeMaitre BA (Hons), MBACP (Registered) Integrative Counsellor
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I hope it gives you a flavour of my practice and how I work. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.
I am an experienced Integrative Counsellor, which means that I have trained in different counselling approaches. I have achieved a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and then enhanced my skills by attaining a Diploma in Cognitive Therapeutic Skills and Theory.
Being a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) means that as well as abiding to their code of ethics, I have a high level of training and supervised experience. The BACP also provides ongoing training. This, combined with my broad life and work experience, and a diverse client base puts me in a good position to understand your situation.
There are a number of reasons for seeking counselling, you may be experiencing depression, low mood or anxiety. Personal and/or work relationships may be causing difficulties, your home or working life may be stressful or you may be experiencing a life-crisis. You could be a carer feeling overwhelmed with difficult and confusing emotions or have suffered a bereavement or loss, feeling lost in the grieving process or struggling to cope with a life transition.
Counselling can help with those difficult times in life when you need to resolve a problem which is stopping you from achieving your personal best. I believe that there is no problem that cannot be resolved to your satisfaction and there are no limits to what can be achieved within counselling.
How we will work together
I want to ensure you feel confident enough to get in touch with me and share your experience and explore your feelings in an emphatic and non-judgmental space. Encouraging you to develop insight and understanding of your situation, while supporting you to gain control over your life.
I work with my clients depending on their personal needs. I apply Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness approaches, Motivational Interviewing or Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic skills and theory during the counselling process. If appropriate, I can work solely within any of these therapies. The key to a successful outcome is to build up the therapeutic relationship together. Our sessions are short or long term, at a pace that you feel comfortable with.
Having experienced being a client in therapy myself I know how rewarding and sometimes challenging counselling can be. Coming out the other side with a new sense of identity and focus can be incredibly empowering.
I am here to listen. Encouraging you to develop insight and understanding of your current difficulties, while supporting you in resolving these difficulties to gain control over your life.
Together we will find a way of working that is tailored to your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I previously worked in the voluntary sector providing individual therapy as a Volunteer Counsellor with the mental health charity Mind. I saw a diverse range of clients with issues such as depression, anxiety, abuse, PTSD, low self esteem and other life and relationships. I had also gained considerable experience whilst working as a Bereavement Support Volunteer at St Christopher's hospice.
Level 5: Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory
Level 4: Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Integrative
Level 3: Certificate in Counselling Studies
Level 2: Certificate in Counselling Skills
Introduction to Counselling
BACP Certificate of Proficiency Registered member
I have attended the following seminars as part of my ongoing training:
- Bereavement Counselling
- Safeguarding Adults and Vulnerable People Training
- Is there a role for Mindfulness in bereavement support?
- Working with Anger
Carolyn Spring: Webinar 'Working with Trauma in a Time of Trauma
Carolyn Spring: Child Sexual Abuse: Hope for Healing
BACP CPD certificate for practical counselling strategies and interventions in addiction work.
BACP CPD Certificate for the emotional legacy of childhood abuse and the enduring impacts for survivors of abuse.
BACP CPD Certificate for person-centred and cognitive explanations of addiction.
BACP CPD Certificate for Who Am I Now? Bereavement as a break in the 'continuity of being'.
BACP CPD Certificate for impact of anxious attachment.
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
The number of sessions will be mutually agreed and can be short (6 or 12 weeks) or long term (open ended).
All sessions are for 50 minutes
One to One sessions at a fee of £45
My practice in West Norwood is a 5 minute walk from West Norwood mainline rail station. West Dulwich, Herne Hill and Tulse Hill stations are also close by. Bus numbers 2, 68, 468, 196, 322 and 315 stop opposite.
My practice in Bromley is within walking distance from Bromley North mainline rail station.