Donna West MBACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Welcome to my profile page.
Having undergone therapy myself I appreciate the importance of finding a counsellor whom is able to facilitate a safe, warm and confidential environment to support the exploration of your story.
I have worked with an array of clients whom have accessed counselling for varying reasons that they feel are inhibiting them from living an authentic life. My role within the therapeutic relationship is to work alongside an individual to facilitate self-exploration and consider alternative routes that may lay before them.
I offer individual, group, relationship and family counselling. Please follow the link to my website for further information about these services in more detail.
I have extensive knowledge of addiction in all of its forms and have worked with both those in the depths of their addiction as well as those whom are in recovery and have also supported friends and family members too. I have a working knowledge of both NA and AA 12 step traditions as well as CBT, DBT and SMART which are broadly used in the recovery field.
Factors such as underlying mental health conditions, pain management for physical conditions and coping with emotional difficulties are contributing factors for substance misuse to commence, whether that be prescription or illicit. Often gaining an insight into the root course of addictive behaviour facilitates an individual to regain a sense of control.
Quite often a mental illness will become apparent whilst entering recovery with those whom have self regulated using substances from a young age. Experiencing anxiety, depression,OCD and PTSD symptoms are common and areas of which I am experienced in.
I am an Integratively trained counsellor which means i draw upon relevant theory and techniques to tailor to each individual. I believe that everyone is unique and support individuals to understand how they fit in the world around them and explore ways of doing so in away that suits them.
I am a member of the BACP ( british association of counselling and psychotherapy) which I adhere to to ensure I'm working safely and ethically.
I offer sessions both within a room within Bedford and St Neots town centre or the option to walk and talk ( weather permitting).
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and training
CPCAB level 5 diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling
CPCAB level 4 in therapeutic counselling
BACP proficiency certificate
CPCAB standardisation training certificate 2018
Education and training level 3 (city and guilds)
Level 3 certificate substance misuse for practitioners
Safeguarding level 3
Working within a mental health unit specialising in forensic and hard to place individuals with an array of mental health conditions and maladaptive coping strategies.
Supervising staff within organisations such as MIND, Colleges and Universities
Currently lecturing within a counselling CPCAB Centre and Colleges within Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire.
Providing CPD relating to experience of substance misuse, dual diagnosis (mental illness and substance misuse) and attachment.
Counselling within an NHS substance misuse agency including both pre and post residential rehabilitation. Those subject to care orders and probation conditions. As well as those whom have experienced sexual abuse, PTSD, domestic violence, co- dependency and bereavement and loss.
Facilitating relapse prevention groups using CBT and 12 step approaches.
Facilitating support groups for families and friends of substance misusers.
Counselling at a Rape crises centre working with survivors of child sexual abuse, rape, incest and female genital mutilation.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Dual diagnosis ( substance misuse and mental illness)
Students currently studying a counselling qualification.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Jungian therapy
- Other therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytic therapy
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Concessions apply please enquire
Free telephone consultation
Discounts for block booking
Adolescents 13-18: 30.00
Discounts for Student counsellors 30.00 for counselling sessions which includes completing paperwork relevent for their course. I am a CPCAB tutor and have also undertook their courses my self therefore I have a good understanding of some of the challenges Counselling students may have.
Client permitting self-exploration using creative materials such as clay, paint, sand tray and music can be integrated into the sessions.
Guided meditation and mindfulness can also be facilitated.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available Monday - Friday 10 am - 9pm Saturday 10 am - 2pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I'm a integratively trained counsellor which means i have working knowledge of numerous theories and techniques that will support your own therapeutic relationship within your client work.View supervision profile