Eleanor Hawkins (MSc, MBACP)
Please note, I am currently only offering telephone and online counselling, in line with government instructions about social distancing. See below for details of reduced fees during the pandemic.
I work relationally, using the shared experience of me and my client being with each other as the core of our work together. Whilst this allows for clients to simply be heard and accepted and to have the space they need, it also offers opportunities for counsellor and client to dig deeper together as we explore the patterns and roots of the client's life experiences. This process of developing an understanding of yourself can be healing and rewarding.
I have indicated below that there are many different areas that I can help with. Obviously, these are experienced very differently by different individuals so I am reluctant to say either way that certain problems can or can't be helped through counselling with me. Our initial consultation (there is no charge for this) will give both of us a better idea of whether working together seems like a good way forward.
If you are interested in working with me, please call, text or fill in the online form. The next step is to have a fairly brief phonecall: I will give you a call in which I will take a few details and we can arrange an initial consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MSc in Therapeutic Counselling which is accredited by BACP
My practical training was largely in settings provided for clients working through the following: bereavement/loss, addictions and sexual abuse. I remain a counsellor for the sexual abuse charity. I also have significant experience (from another sector) of working with dyslexic people and I appreciate the frustrations and strengths of the dyslexic mind.
I would like to reiterate my message above, however, and say that there isn't one type of client: Across all the settings I have worked in, every client presented with their own unique story and issues that they wanted to work through, and their counselling journeys were personal to them.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19 FEES
- During the pandemic, I am very happy to offer up to six sessions per client from £10 per session.
- Clients can continue beyond a sixth session under my normal fees policy (see below).
- It will be your decision as to how much you pay (between £10-40 depending on what you feel you can afford during this difficult time, initial consultations remain free of charge) and I won’t question your decision - although we can talk about it if you like.
- This applies to new and existing clients.
- I will return to my normal fees policy on 1st September 2020.
- My normal session fee is £40.
- I don't charge for initial consultations.
- I offer concessionary rates for students and people experiencing financial hardship. Please bring this up if it is relevant for you so that we can talk about what might be suitable in your situation.