Ela Hart MBACP (Accredited) Adv.Dip.Couns
Challenges in life come along. At times we feel prepared and expect them, sometimes they are very unexpected and come at the worst possible time. Life throws all sorts at us, the distress of a relationship ending, the loss of a job, grief at the death of a special person in your life, even moving house can be stressful. Perhaps you feel a little out of control and wonder at times if you are making the best decision.
Many thoughts can go around and around in our head without there seeming to be a solution. We might feel anxious, or get a headache, feel sick, not be able to eat or perhaps sleeping becomes a problem. These physical problems, along with feelings of emotional and physical exhaustion, can add to our distress. Why does talking help? I often get asked this question, 'how is just talking going to make a difference to the problem'? Talking and sharing, but perhaps the most important bit, being heard, does help. Not interrupting, not making a judgement, not being critical or being told what you ought to be doing. This is the benefit of counselling, a nice safe space to say anything you want to say. I like to think I offer that nice safe space.
I have been working as a counsellor for a long time now and have the skills, experience and knowledge to feel fairly confident that I will be able to help. I hope to hear from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a professionally qualified counsellor and an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Accred). I have over 14 years counselling experience working for the NHS, education, local government and local charities, as well as working as an independent counsellor in private practice and as a group facilitator. I have many years of experience working with clients offering one to one sessions, group work and supervision.
In addition to my client work which is ongoing, I work at a hospice offering support to those with a life limiting illness and bereavement.
My approach is Humanistic and I have experience in both Brief Solution Focused therapy, and longer term work, perhaps more suitable for childhood abuse. I have studied Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and often find it helpful to incorporate this into my brief therapy work.
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
My fee is £40.00 per counselling session for day time and evening appointments. Sessions last between 50 and 60 minutes.
I offer a reduced session cost of £35.00 for personal therapy sessions for Counselling students.
My fee for clinical supervision is £50.00 per session of one hour 30 mins monthly.
I am an Accredited Member of the BACP and work within their Ethical Code. I attend regular training and workshops each year to improve my skills and knowledge in line with the recommendations of the BACP. I attend supervision monthly and am fully insured with professional indemnity insurance to work as a private counsellor.