Edwina Hawkridge (B.A, Dip.Couns, Registered MBACP)
These are uncertain and worrying times, I am still accepting new clients for tele-therapy via video call or telephone. I have immediate openings for tele-therapy and would be happy to support anyone who is self isolating or distancing during this difficult time. Your mental well-being is important to me. These are anxiety provoking times and people will react differently. If you have been adversely affected by the current situation and would like to receive support, please get in touch.
Are you looking for an experienced counsellor who works remotely, who can help you work through a difficult time in your life? Perhaps you are struggling with stress, anger, depression or anxiety, weight management issues, relationship issues or a bereavement. I'm Edwina, and I am committed to providing a warm and supportive relationship, in which you are the sole focus, to help you work through your confusion. People often seek out counselling with me when a stressful change is taking place which can, at times, feel overwhelming and stress plays a major part in people's unhappiness. Often people come to me knowing that they need help as 'things don't quite feel right' but are unable to pinpoint the problem. In my experience issues do not get better or disappear without help, you are in control of choosing to see me,(together we can look at what changes you’d like to make and start implementing them), choosing to see someone else, or doing nothing. Whatever you choose, I hope that you find the help that you need.
How I can help you
I have been able to help many people overcome their difficulties. Counselling is collaborative, I will work with you to fully understand your situation, my approach is warm and supportive so that together we can explore your concerns and any deep seated issues so that they no longer hold you back and impact your ability to get the most out of life.
My experience and research has shown that counselling can help to reduce stress, promote better sleep, improve your work/life balance, reduce arguments, promote greater intimacy, expand your resilience, and assist with better decision making, all of which provides a greater sense of well-being.
If this sounds like something you want feel free to contact me for a no obligation chat 07784 105 769 alternatively you can email me at email@example.com
What I work with
I am experienced at working with a range of issues which include things like:
- Depression/Low mood
- Weight Management
- Relationship Problems
- Eating Disorders
- Work Related Issues
- Low Self-Esteem
- Death, Loss and Bereavement
Over the years I have received frequent request from people who need my services but cannot access Stamford or London. In order to reach as many people who need my help as possible, I also work remotely via video call.
Due to the current guidelines around Corona virus, some people are opting for remote counselling sessions which is a service I provide. I use software called Whereby, and I send you a link which allows you access to a private room. It doesn't require you to download any software or be a tech genius to operate it! All you need is a Laptop or phone and internet access.
I have spent many years counselling young people; one in four teenage girls is depressed, there is a rise in teenage self harm and loneliness and young people have to navigate the ever pressurising world of social media. I help young people untangle the confusion of school, peer relationships, bullying, substance abuse, self-harm and many other concerns.
In addition to working in mental health as a counsellor I am a specially trained therapist for working with Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating, Obesity and Weight issues. Food is a complex relationship forged in childhood and adapted as we navigate life. It doesn't take much for the relationship to go wrong which can lead to under or overeating and possibly binge eating in between. Eating Disorders can make you feel miserable, specialist help and support is needed to overcome an eating issue, it rarely disappears on it's own let's start rebuilding your happiness in this area so that eating and weight is no longer an issue for you.
I work with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder and Other Eating Disorders, Obesity and Weight Management. Each eating issue requires unique ways of working to help put you back in control and move forward with your life.
Eating Disorders - Breakthrough Session
I am passionate about my work; my approach is holistic which means I use psychological and nutritional interventions to help you rebuild the person lost to the eating disorder. Part of working holistically calls for dealing with any issues with happiness, anxiety, depression, assertiveness, self-confidence and body image in addition to your eating disorder.
A one-off breakthrough session is a collaborative exploration, that gets to the heart of the problem and what’s keeping you stuck. In a 3-hour breakthrough session we will look at your relationship with food, how it impacts on your life, barriers to change, and help you discover what you need to do to do to move forward.
In addition to general counselling, I am a specialist therapist for weight management and weight loss. I am trained in the evidence based approach for successful and lasting weight loss promoted by the National Centre for Eating Disorders. If your quality of life is impacted by worries about your weight, an endless cycle of dieting or an unhappy relationship with food and your body, I can help you gain control over you're lifestyle, eating and behaviours to boost willpower and make sustainable changes to your weight, size and shape. Please go to my Website www.edwinahawkridgecounselling.com to find out more.
My approach is warm and supportive, grounded in Humanistic theory and is an integration of Person Centred theory and Object Relations. This means that I am able to apply the insight of theory to really hear, understand and help you, make changes.
Taking that first step to enter into counselling, regardless of your reasons, can be daunting, you may feel anxious about what it will be like and worried about discussing your personal circumstances with a stranger. These worries are understandable and normal. Call me if you have any questions or want to book an appointment 07784 105 769. When you meet me, or another counsellor it's important to remember that counselling is for you, it's important to feel comfortable with your counsellor and that you feel they are listening to you without judgement and trying to understand your situation.
My London practice is located on the ground floor at 17 Gosfield Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6HA. My room is located a short walk from Great Portland Street tube station or Oxford Circus tube station.
My Stamford practice is located on the 1st floor at 12 Broad Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1PG. There is free parking for 1 hour directly in front of the building. Alternatively North Street pay and display Car Park postcode PE9 1EG is a 2 minute walk away from my practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) who are a Professional Standards Body.
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)
- Master Practitioner of Working with Eating Disorders, Obesity and Weight Management (National Centre for Eating Disorders)
- Certificate in Counselling Studies (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)
- Certificate in Awareness in Bereavement Care (Acentis)
- BA (Hons) Sociology and Criminology
I hold a current enhanced DBS Certificate.
I have attended further training in:
- Eating Disorder Breakthrough
- Life Coaching for Adults
- Working with Children and Young People
- Working with Eating Disorders
- Practitioner Skills for the Management of Obesity
- Basic Skills in Life Coaching - The Coaching Academy
- Working with those affected by Sudden and Traumatic Death
- Working with Identity and Self Esteem in Young People
- Working with Young People who Self Harm
- Working with Young People who identify with LGBTQIA Community
- Working with Sand Tray and Other Objects
- Understanding Self Harm
- Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults.
- Train the Trainer
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees - putting your money to good use
I recognise that many people that need my services are not located in Stamford or London. I therefore offer counselling via video call and telephone initial assessments are 50 minutes long and are £80.
Your mental well-being is important to me. These are anxiety provoking times and it feels like more and more people need to talk. If you think you could do with some support, please get in touch.
One-off Breakthrough sessions in London take 3 hours and are £430
Eating Disorder, Disordered Eating or Weight Management initial assessments in the City of London take 90 minutes and are £140.
General mental health initial assessments and all follow up sessions in London are 50 minutes long and are £90.
One-off Breakthrough sessions in Stamford take 3 hours and are £365
Eating Disorder, Disordered Eating or Weight Management initial assessments take 90 minutes and are £120.
General Mental health initial assessments and all follow up sessions in Stamford are 50 minutes long and are £80
Concessionary/reduced prices are available for students.
The fees that I charge are to cover the cost of my premises, my time, training and further development to keep my skill set updated and any resources that I may supply you with, as part of working together.
Seeking counselling is a positive step and one of the hardest steps in a life changing journey. Research has shown that one of the main reasons people do not enter into counselling is because they doubt its ability to ‘work’. I use measurable reviews to see if there have been changes for you during the counselling process, although most people see the changes for themselves in the form of better communication with others, improved happiness and emotional wellbeing and improved resilience.
Monday 10:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 20:00
Thursday 10:00 - 20:00
Friday 10:00 - 13:00
Sessions are normally attended weekly but I can be flexible on this to suit your needs.
Give me a call on 07784 105 769, please leave a message if I am in session I will get back to you as soon as possible within 24 hours, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Concessions offered for
Mon 10:00 - 21:00 Tue 10:00 - 18:00 Wed 10:00 - 21:00 Thu 10:00 - 21:00 Fri 10:00 - 13:00 *Give me a call (please leave a message as chances are I will be in session) or email me.
Food Eating Weight and Size
I am a specialist therapist for weight management and weight loss. I am trained in the evidence based approach for successful and lasting weight loss promoted by the National Centre for Eating Disorders. Being or feeling overweight in today's society can be challenging. We turn to food in times of stress or anxiety in celebration or commiseration.
The mind controls everything, and without fundamental changes to your mindset, nutrition and habits the cycle of weight loss followed by weight gain will continue.
An Approach that Works
I have trained with the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCfED) , the primary organisation in the UK for understanding and working with people who struggle with these issues. NCfED draws on research studies from the UK and USA into what works, what may get in the way, and, importantly, what doesn't work.
One of the key things that doesn't work is a reliance on rules and willpower alone which is an approach, typical in the diet industry. The problem with dieting is it ignores several important complex factors.
- Eat for emotional reasons (we all do sometimes)
- Have psychological barriers to weight loss and maintenance (many people do)
- Have had physiological responses to repeated cycles of dieting and weight gain (many dieters do)
- Lack the information and tools to maintain a healthy weight after dieting (most people lack these)
I will help you to move to a happier relationship with food, eating and weight, using a more holistic approach which involves providing you with emotional support, accurate knowledge about food and the body and the tools to succeed.