Elena Steers MBACP Integrative Counsellor
Life can sometimes throw us a curveball: the loss of a loved one through bereavement or divorce, redundancy, a traumatic incident/accident, a difficult teenager. In fact any major life change like starting a family or becoming a carer for a loved one, has the potential to knock us sideways and leave us feeling lost and bewildered.
For these and conditions such as depression and anxiety, relationship issues, low self esteem, stress at work, and more, Exeter Counselling and Wellbeing Services offers you a place to talk about your feelings, to explore what’s causing you pain and distress, and to find ways to change or manage those things that are weighing you down or holding you back.
What is Integrative Therapy?
Integrative therapy is skilfully drawn from across a range of different approaches from Attachment Theory, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive methodologies; for example our early childhood experiences, our unconscious and our internal systems, and how what we think influences our behaviour and feelings. I draw from a broad range of theories and techniques to create a therapy that is tailored to you. But whatever methods are used, the most important element for therapeutic change is a trusting relationship with your counsellor.
How I work
I am particularly interested in what makes us who we are and what brought us to this moment in our lives. If you have ever felt a nagging sense of emptiness or the feeling that you aren’t who you would like to be, it’s possible that there are some unresolved things to be explored.
Once you have made contact and we have had a chat on the phone, if you then decide you would like to go ahead with counselling, we will arrange an appointment to suit you. This can be online or face to face (COVID conditions allowing). The aim of therapy is to help you to find out for yourself, in a non judgemental space; your difficulties, what is holding you back or causing pain, and how you can find your way through this to a better way of being.
For specific issues this may be short term work, but as things emerge we may find that deeper exploration would be helpful. At all times the process is in your control.
Alongside the therapeutic techniques I use, I have an interest in creativity and art, and what it is for us to make meaning in our lives through creative expression. The combination of creativity with therapy is a powerful one and many have come to a better way of being through this.
Get in touch with me for a free initial conversation to answer any of your questions about therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling
- Professional Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Working with Bereavement and Complex Grief
- Online Counselling certificate
- L2 Mental Health Awareness
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Art in Therapy: as an artist and therapist to use creativity to explore unexpressed emotions and enable expression through creative mediums.
£45 per hour
My practice rooms are fully accessible, and I am happy to visit at home if required, due to difficulties with travel, or other specialist needs.