Elaine Dunne BA (Hons), MBACP
Hello and welcome to my website. I am a fully qualified counsellor based at the Willow Therapy Centre in Broadstairs, working one to one with adults either on a short-term or long-term basis. I am a member and registrant of the BACP (MBACP).
Counselling provides a place where you can explore your thoughts and feelings in a confidential and supportive environment. As an integrative counsellor, I provide counselling which is based on psychodynamic and person-centred theories. At the core of my therapeutic work, is the belief that with the right support, we are better equipped to overcome difficulties, to manage loss and make positive changes. Together we can explore any of the concerns that you may be experiencing, to enable you to lead a more fulfilling life.
Taking that first step towards talking to a trained professional about your problems, can often be a daunting one. Please feel free to call me or email me if you have any specific questions about the way I work and/or general counselling queries.
I have broad experience of working with a range of issues including abuse, depression, isolation, anxiety, trauma, gender confusion and self-harm.
Training, qualifications & experience
My Degree in Psychology with Early Childhood Studies gave me a rich theoretical understanding of human behaviour and a keen interest in developmental psychology, particularly the work of D.W. Winnicott.
Additionally, I have gained over 15 years experience of providing emotional support to children and adults within many different settings (e.g. at a homeless hostel). My studies at University combined with this experience of supporting vulnerable people of all ages, demonstrates my dedication to helping people improve their psychological wellbeing. This ultimately led to my decision to develop my skills and knowledge further by training to become an integrative counsellor.
Since then my counselling experience has included my role as college counsellor at an international college, counsellor within a university welfare team, counsellor at a community counselling service and educator on a counselling training programme. My clinical work is now centred around expanding my private practice at Willow Therapy Centre, Broadstairs.
- MBACP - Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapy (B.A.C.P.)
- B.A. (Hons) 'Psychology with Early Childhood Studies'
- Diploma in ‘Integrative Counselling’, University of Kent
- Certificate in ‘Counselling Studies’, University of Kent
- Certificate in ‘Creative Arts Therapy’
Continuing Professional Development (C.P.D.):
On a regular basis, I attend short courses/lectures on various relevant mental health subjects. Recently, I attended a lecture on “Understanding and Working with Self-harm and Attempted Suicide” and a short training course on “Successfully Supporting Students with Depression, Anxiety and Stress”.
I am currently undertaking training in N.V.R. (Non-Violent Resistance) which is a therapeutic approach developed by Haim Omer, which is based on the principles and ideologies of Gandhi and Martin Luther King. This has been proved to be a very useful tool when working with young people and their families to help parents/carers manage their children/young persons who display violent and anti-social behaviour.
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
Sessions are 50 minutes long. Each session costs £40.00
My working hours are:
Fees are due on the day of the session and payment by cash only is accepted.
Please note: Missed appointments are chargeable at the full rate.
Willow Therapy Centre is located within 5 minutes walking distance from the train station and bus stops.
I hold Professional Civil Liability Insurance covering my counselling practice. I adhere to current data regulations including the G.D.P.R. (2018) and am registered with and pay a fee to the I.C.O. (for further details see www.ico.org.uk).