Dorothy Heaps MBACP (Accred) Counsellor and Supervisor
I am currently offering sessions via Skype.
If you are a key worker I am offering sessions at reduced rates.
Feeling isolated, worried or confused? Things holding you back, life getting you down? Do you need someone to talk to? Counselling is a therapy in which a trained person listens to your problems and anxieties; this can help you to find your own answers without being judged. It can offer the opportunity, the space and time to work on issues which get you down and consider new ways of relating to life.
I am a very experienced counsellor. I have worked in voluntary settings, Relate as a young persons counsellor, and run a busy private practice for over 10 years.
As well as my private practice, I also work as a counsellor and supervisor in an IAPT team (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) which offers short term therapy.
My starting point is respect for my clients and their ability to resolve their problems. I draw on a broad range of counselling models and skills, which enable me to meet the diverse needs and personalities of my clients.
I provide a safe and confidential environment for you to work through your difficulties, in a non-directive way, supporting you to find your own answers. I work in an open-ended way, meaning once we have started working together, I am committed to working with you for as long as you need. This could be two or three sessions, or two or three months or longer, depending on your circumstances.
I am experienced in working with difficulties in relationships including the impact of domestic abuse, self-esteem, bereavement, post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, addiction, the effect of physical illness on our emotional well being, the impact of both childhood and adult sexual trauma, physical abuse and neglect.
I have experience of somatic and movement work, which looks at how our bodies hold memories and how this affects our general well being.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling undertaken at Leeds University. I have a BA (Hons) and Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW). My professional experience is in Social Services, NHS and the Voluntary Sector and private practice.
I am an Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) My membership number 565576.
- Diploma in Clinical Supervision.
- Working with PTSD
- Suicide and self harm
- Complex Grief
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Domestic Violence
- Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Relate Training in Working with Young People
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Each fifty-minute counselling session costs £45
Each one and a half-hour supervision session costs £65
I offer a sliding scale of fees that can be discussed at the first session
I offer reduced fees for student counsellors
I am offering reduced fees for Keyworkers during the Covid 19 situation
The first session is a very important time for counsellor and client to make sure that working together will be useful and helpful. It is really important that you meet someone before starting counselling to see if you feel comfortable working with them.
In this first session we will agree how long we plan to work together. This could be 2-3 sessions or 2-3 months depending on your circumstances. If I feel it is not professional for us to work together, I would try to help by advising you about other counsellors or agencies to contact wherever possible. Some people see a few counsellors before deciding who they want to work with.