Elena Ward, MSc, MBPsS, Reg MBACP, Counselling and Clinical Supervision
Within my practice I work with adults for either short-term or long-term counselling, helping with a wide range of psychological issues including anxiety, depression, trauma and post-traumatic stress, bereavement, relationship issues etc. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental service
I am a fully qualified experienced integrative counsellor with a psychology background and mental health experience, which enables me to draw on various therapeutic modalities (psychodynamic, person-centred, CBT, transpersonal, Transactional Analysis etc.) in order to meet the individual needs of each client.
I am holistic in my approach and work with a person as a whole rather than focusing just on a symptom or presenting issue. I take into consideration all aspects of the human being (emotional, mental, physical, spiritual and social) as difficulties can manifest themselves on different levels, for example physical symptoms are often a warning sign of an unresolved emotional problem, destructive mental attitudes, unexpressed feelings etc.
I like to combine the advantages of contemporary science with ancient traditional methods incorporating mindfulness, meditation, visualisation, TFT (tapping technique), grounding and relaxation techniques into my clinical practice.
We all possess a natural inner capacity to recognise what is best for us however we often become disconnected from this resource due to painful or traumatic experiences during our lifetime.
My ultimate aim would be to reconnect you with your natural resources helping you to rediscover yourself and recognise what you need in order to make authentic choices, to grow and to move forwards fulfilling your potential and resolving your issues.
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become” – Carl Gustav Jung
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Therapeutic Counselling
PG Dip Therapeutic Counselling
MSc Psychology, Counselling Psychology (conversion degree)
BA Economics & Management
I come from psychology background and for the last fifteen years I have worked in various mental health and counselling settings including rehabilitation wards for people who have attempted suicide, acute inpatient mental health wards, generic counselling services and charitable mental health organisations. Currently I am working as a Counsellor at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and in private practice.
I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including relationship issues, depression, stress and anxiety, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, trauma and post-traumatic stress, low self-esteem, bereavement, self-harm and suicide ideations, abuse (all types), mental health issues and various other psychological difficulties.
I am a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and a graduate member of BPS (British Psychological Society) and comply with their ethical rules and regulations.
I continuously update and develop myself by attending various CPD (continuous professional development) trainings and workshops in order to offer the best and latest therapeutic developments to meet the needs of all Clients.
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
I charge £40 per session (50 min); concessions are available for trainee counsellors studying on BACP approved courses.
I offer a free phone consultation in advance of counselling to address any questions or queries you may have about my practice.