Elisabeth Berkeley, Registered MBACP, Integrative Counsellor
How Counselling can help:
Having a confidential space to talk through the issues that are troubling you, can help you to feel listened to and understood, which can lead to new perspectives and new ways of managing difficulties. People often come to counselling when they are experiencing difficulties in their lives. These could include life experiences such as illness, loss, bereavement, stress, life crisis, a transition, work or relationship problems. Some experiences in life, both from the past and present, can leave feelings of being stuck, confused and unsure about how to move forward. There may be a generalised sense of unhappiness or dissatisfaction, depression, anxiety or simply a desire to know themselves more deeply. Counselling can help you make sense of what you are experiencing and increase self awareness and self esteem.
How I work:
I work from the understanding that we all have inherent health and, given the right conditions, we orientate naturally towards wholeness and well-being. I offer a non-judgemental, compassionate and accepting environment, where you can explore your concerns. Taking the first step to access support can feel daunting, but these fears are usually eased once we meet and you start the process. I am trained in the Humanistic approach, which combines Person-centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis models of therapy. I went on to further train in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Trauma Focused Therapy and I incorporate these techniques and skills into my work where appropriate.
I am a highly experienced counsellor and am currently employed as a staff counsellor with a charitable organisation, where I have worked since 2017. I work with adults, providing one to one counselling, including Trauma Focussed Therapy. I also facilitate a weekly therapeutic group and provide clinical supervision for volunteer counsellors with the service. Previously to this, I have worked as a counsellor in the NHS and in a Further Education College.
I have worked extensively with people in areas such as anxiety, depression, low mood, self harm, anger, self-esteem, relationship issues and stress. I have in-depth knowledge of working with trauma related to childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault and domestic abuse. Other work includes counselling for work stress, relationships and addiction using brief solution focused and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, which sets ethical guidelines for the counselling I provide. I understand the importance of offering a quality service with high standards of care and I am committed to going professional development. I hold the appropriate CRB/ DBS checks.
Training, qualifications & experience
- CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory.
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
- CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies.
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills.
Training and CPD:
- Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Abuse.
- Stabilisation Work in complex Trauma Counselling.
- Issues around Gender Identity.
- Compassion Focused Therapy.
- Violence within Teen Relationships.
- Safeguarding Adults and Young People.
- Safe Trauma Recovery.
- Domestic Abuse.
- Mentalisation Based Skills and Theory.
- Trauma Focused Therapy.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Existential therapy
50 minute counselling session: £40
I offer a free half hour consultation for us to meet, to discuss the counselling, and where we can think together about any goals you might have. This gives you the opportunity to see what it would be like to work with me, and should you decide to continue with me, we can discuss how many sessions you require. I can work in a short term or long term way and we can review as we go along.
I offer a concessionary rate of £35 for student counsellors.
I run my practice from a centre in Poundbury, with easy parking, and a calm and comfortable room.
You are welcome to email or call to discuss things further. If I am unable to answer, please leave a message. I will not always be able to answer your call straight away, so if you would like to leave your details, I will aim to get back to you within 48 hours.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I currently have availability on Fridays at 3pm and 4pm and Saturday mornings.
Types of client