I am a psychodynamic counsellor working with adults and families in the Cotswolds town of Dursley. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space in which we can work together to think about the issues that you are troubling you. I look forward to welcoming your concerns and understanding of the problem; concentrate our immediate attention on what is most urgent for you and look into potentially broadening the exploration towards the roots of it all and the possible way forward.
I offer regular weekly sessions on an open-ended or time-limited basis. We will work at your pace and we can regularly review your progress and your thoughts and feelings about the work we do together. If you would like more information about my practice and what I can offer please see my website.
If you would like to get in touch to talk about how I can help you, please call or email me. After an initial free conversation over the phone we can arrange your first initial consultation. This session is an opportunity for you to see if we would be able to work together and for you to ask me any questions you may have about counselling.
Some of the areas, which we would aim to cover during your First Session would be:
1. Your concerns in more details
2. Enquiries about your historic and present circumstances
3. Information about how I work
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). This means that WCC practice has met BACP higher standard as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner. The practice is as well currently on the NHS Let's Talk recommenced private practitioners list for domestic abuse counselling.
I have been working for GCS (Gloucestershire Counselling Service) for several years (a service accredited by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) providing both open-ended, time-limited counselling and Employ Wellbeing Service for men and women, gaining extensive experience in working with trauma and brief focused counselling in service of GCS external NHS contract for victims of sexual violence. I am experienced in working with PTSD, panic attacks, flashbacks and dissociative disorders. When working with survivors of sexual abuse I use a combination of person-centred and psychodynamic approaches.
I am experienced in helping clients with a variety of issues including stress, depression, anxiety, work or relationship-related problems and trauma. I also currently work for Home-Start Stroud and Gloucester and have trained in Early Years Relationships and Family support (accredited training with CERTA). I am a qualified coordinator and family mentor, supervising and advising families both in individual and group settings, and work with individuals and families who have experienced coercive control, domestic abuse, both recent and historic, including childhood abuse and challenges in raising children with special physical and emotional needs, I have undergone extensive Domestic abuse awareness training and am Level 1 and Level 2 qualified, with yearly refreshes extensive safeguarding training, DBS checked.
The practice adheres to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
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Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
Drug and Alcohol Addiction training
Domestic Abuse and Safeguarding training with extensive experience with leading Counselling and Family Support organisations
Therapy with Male and Female Survivors of Sexual Abuse and extensive experience counselling survivors.
Increasing resilience for children, young people and families training
Attachment in Counselling
Time Limited Counselling (Brief Dynamic Counselling) Qualification
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My availability hours are flexible
Individual clients testimonials:
‘Elena's ability to listen and understand my problems is admiring. She lets me express my feelings so freely, and I never thought I could have my life back. Her calming presence relaxed me and I felt confident to speak about my problem, knowing I was not judged at all. Elena helped me so much, that I recommend her 10/10.’
‘I came to Elena feeling very down and worried about my position in life. She talked to me and I calmed down from the first meeting, after that each meeting we explored my problems and slowly I started to feel better and my confidence started to grow. I only wish I’d started to go to counselling earlier, I’m so pleased I found a counsellor like Elena. I really look forward to my sessions each week, highly recommended.’
'Hello! I would like to share my impression of my sessions with Elena Dunn. I contacted her for help with accumulated psychological tiredness, as well as unexplained physical pains all over my body. I wanted to discover the reasons for that and to try and overcome a difficult period in my life.We met for 6 sessions and from the very beginning I felt relaxed and trusted Elena with narrative about events in my life - both present and in the past. Very delicately she directed me to explore the origin of those emotions, feelings and sensations, which were troubling me, affecting my physical health as well. I was very impressed that she would not give me direct advice, but would lead the conversation towards me realising the roots of the issues. I impatiently waited for our sessions and am still benefitting from those analysis in my everyday life. I am so grateful for her professional help, deep analysis and psychological intuition during those difficult times.'