Ellie Luscombe; DipCouns. MBACP

Ellie Luscombe; DipCouns. MBACP

73-75 Aldgate High Street

07393 221327

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About me

Hello, I'm Ellie.

How can counselling change your life?

  • Feeling that a weight has been lifted by putting things in to a better place
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Being supported and listened to
  • Make sense of the changes you want to make and how you came to be here
  • Feedback and interaction
  • Fresh perspective
  • More patience for yourself; you've done your best with the resources you had
  • Understanding your emotions and how they influence our actions
  • Permission to experience emotions without judgement
  • Saying how you truly feel can lift a burden
  • Improve your relationship with yourself and others
  • Learn to stop regretting the past, worrying about the future and enjoy the present moment

I received this feedback from someone I worked with:

"Ellie, you have helped me change my life in ways I didn't think were possible. With your endless support I've overcome so much and I've finally been able to take a step forward. You have saved my life and you have my eternal gratitude."

Contemplating counselling can raise lots of questions and I have answered a few below. There are lots more, of course and I'm be happy to answer them, so get in touch for a chat.

Will I judge you?

As soon as someone walks in to my room I am on their side and invested in where you want to go.  I want the best for you and so I am not going to judge you.

Will I think your problems are trivial?

If something is important to you, it is not trivial.

Will I force you to talk about certain things?

No, I won't. You are asking me to support you, if I tried to force you this damages your trust in me and is counter productive to making progress.  If there is a topic you need to talk about but would like to avoid, just say so and we will work towards it in your time.  Sometimes just admitting you're avoiding something can relieve a bit of pressure.

What happens if you feel emotional?

Let it happen. Lots of people apologise if they cry; there is no shame for experiencing sadness, fear or anger, these emotions are perfectly natural.  So please don't worry about this, I have plenty of tissues.

Will I analyse you?

It sounds cold and clinical which is not at all how I am.  We're looking at different perspectives, exploring the meaning of things, making sense out of what has and is happening.  The key word is WE as we're doing this together.  I can't read your mind but I will have a different insight because I haven't lived your life and that's the great benefit of having me around, I can see things differently and you'll appreciate that.

Will I be offended if you use swear words?

Absolutely not, I want you to be yourself and use your language, I won't be upset by this.

What might our first session be like?

Our initial meeting can help us get to know each other a little and you can decide whether you feel comfortable working with me.  The session will last 50 minutes and we can discuss anything you feel is important to share, which may include:

  • Your expectations of me and counselling
  • Goals or outcomes you’d like to work towards
  • Background of past or present relationships
  • Events you feel have influenced you

However, I have no expectations about what you "should" say so feel free to say whatever you'd like.

Who do I work with?

I work with individuals and couples.

I am a registered AXA PPP Healthcare Professional, therefore you may be able to arrange counselling with me via your AXA PPP health insurance policy.

How often will sessions be?

Usually we would meet weekly, at the same time and day, with the exception of holidays and unexpected events; therefore it is important to think about whether this can be accommodated.

We can agree to work on a short (12 sessions or less) or a long term basis and we can discuss as we go to see how we're getting on.  You don't have to decide at the outset.

When it comes towards the end of our work we will plan how long we take to do this, reflecting on where we started and where we are now. It is important that this doesn’t happen abruptly so that when we say goodbye it feels like the right time.

Will you tell me what to do?

Your autonomy is so important, therefore I won’t tell you what to do or give advice; people often ask me this and seem disappointed when I say no.  I want you to be the master of your universe. If I tell you what to do, how will you learn to trust yourself and if you don't like what I suggest, how will you be able to trust me?

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified using an integrative approach, which gives me a range of theoretical perspectives, models, techniques and interventions, reflecting the natural diversity of people, whose needs require the same variety - one approach is not suitable for everyone.

My qualifications are as follows:

  • L5 – CPCAB Diploma in Relationship Counselling in conjunction with Relate
  • L4 – CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • L3 – CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • L2 – CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills

Continued Professional Development:

  • Working with Sex and Relationships (COSRT)
  • Trauma and Dissociation (Confer)
  • Attachment Theory (Confer)
  • Loss and Bereavement (Relate)
  • Counselling with a sexual Focus (Relate)
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding (Relate)
  • Domestic Violence and Abuse (Relate)

I worked for over 3 years at Open Adult Counselling Service (OACS) in Rayleigh, 18 months at Make a Difference at Sandy's in Romford, I have worked at Relate South Essex since January 2017 and with the Therapy for You service at Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust since January 2019.

I have worked with men and women aged 17-80+ on a wide range of issues, including immigration/deportation, witchcraft, anxiety, depression, affairs, relationships, domestic abuse, childhood trauma, suicide, bereavement, retirement, sexual issues and existential concerns, to name a few.

I also have over 12 years experience working in card acquiring, in credit risk management.

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Counselling is the best investment you'll ever make, as the work we do together will have a powerful and lasting impact.

I am a registered AXA PPP Healthcare Professional, therefore you may be able to arrange counselling with me via your AXA PPP health insurance policy.

Alternatively, please contact me to discuss fees in more detail as these can be negotiated depending on your circumstances, individual/couple sessions, telephone, Skype or walk and talk sessions and whether you are a student. However see below for a guide:

London: between 45 and 75

For a last minute cancellation (on the same day of the appointment) and for non-attendance there is a charge for the full cost of the session.

Payment is made in advance in order to confirm your next appointment, with the exception of the initial session, which is paid when we meet.

Payment can be made in cash, by PayPal or bank transfer.

Further information

Alternatives to face to face sessions are via Skype or telephone, these can also be used when you are working from home or to re-arrange around bank holidays and other interruptions to your usual schedule.

Maps & Directions

London, EC3N 1BD

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: No


Current Availability Monday 12pm-7.30pm Thursday 12pm-7.30pm Friday evenings from 5.30pm From 30th September Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday day to evening

Types of client

Older adults