Donna West MBACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Donna West MBACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK40

Priory Lane
St. Neots
Cambridgeshire
PE19

07593 503 477

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Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK40

Priory Lane
St. Neots
Cambridgeshire
PE19

07593 503 477

About me

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

Currently studying CPCAB level 6 in therapeutic counselling supervision.

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

Experience

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.

Currently a lecturer within a counselling CPCAB Centre

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 females genital mutilation.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Dual diagnosis ( substance misuse and mental illness)

Attachment disorders

Sexual abuse

Students currently studying a counselling qualification.

Photos & videos

  • Practice in Bedford town centre
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Fees

Concessions apply please enquire

Free telephone consultation

Discounts for block booking

Individuals: 45.00

Adolescents 13-18:  30.00

Couples: 60.00

Families: 60.00

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.

Free supervision/ group supervision for counsellors whilst I'm undertaking studying for my supervisor diploma - great way to top up on supervision hours.

Further information

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

Bedford, MK40
St. Neots, PE19

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Yes

Availability

Available Monday - Friday 10 am - 9pm Saturday 10 am - 2pm

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I am currently working towards a level 6 CPCAB diploma in therapeutic supervision.

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