Elisha Nunhofer - Perinatal Psychotherapist & Counsellor, MSc UKCP
I am a UKCP qualified and registered psychotherapist and counsellor and specialise in therapy for those facing challenges including anxiety and depression before, during and after pregnancy.
To feel genuinely understood and accepted without judgement is a rare experience for most of us. I believe that when we experience complete acknowledgement we can begin to make sense of some of our thoughts and feelings. It is with this purpose of acceptance that I practice.
With this purpose in mind, my work is uniquely personalised to you. I am an experienced Person-Centred psychotherapist, and this combined with my kind and gentle style offers an authentic foundation to foster warm and genuine relationships with my clients. Studying to Masters level was a personal commitment to acquire the knowledge and theory to be able to offer an accomplished and high standard of therapy - the type of therapy I would wish to receive.
My Specialism & Experience
I specialise in providing psychotherapy and counselling for people facing challenges before, during and after pregnancy. I have maternity experience within the NHS, which I combine with my psychotherapy to offer an holistic understanding of perinatal experience, including: Becoming a mother; Pregnancy; (In)Fertility; Pregnancy Complications; Pregnancy loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death); Pregnancy after loss; Surrogacy (becoming parents through); Adoption (becoming parents through); Birth trauma/complications; Termination of pregnancy/abortion; Postnatal depression; Pregnancy and postnatal anxiety.
I have worked for a charity to offer support to those suffering the loss of a pregnancy through miscarriage, termination, stillbirth or neonatal death. I also have extensive experience of providing counselling and psychotherapy for unpaid Carers of friends and family.
Making contact and taking that first step towards therapy can feel daunting and even overwhelming, especially when you are feeling vulnerable. The easiest way to get in touch is via the 'email me' or 'email this counsellor' buttons on this site, as this comes straight to me. Or, if you prefer, you can call or text and leave a message on my mobile. I am here when you are ready to make contact.
I offer sessions online to anywhere in the UK via video call, and also see clients face to face in Forest Row, East Sussex. There is ample off road parking.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my post-graduate research (MSc) at the prestigious Metanoia Institute in Ealing, London.
- MSc in Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Applications – Metanoia Institute (2013-2019): Sheila Haugh
- UKCP Registered Person-Centred Diploma in Psychotherapy – Metanoia Institute (2013-2019)
- BSc Midwifery (first year) – King’s College London (2010/11)
- Working with Surrogacy - BICA British Infertility Counselling Association (2019)
- 4th Annual Birth Trauma Conference (2019)
- Importance of addressing Mental Health during pregnancy – House of Commons, Westminster, London (2018)
- Time2Heal Study Day "Improving Care when IVF Pregnancy" - Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (2018)
- Importance of addressing Mental Health during pregnancy – House of Commons, Westminster, London (2017)
- A risky business? Exploring risk perception and care provision during pregnancy and birth – The Royal Society of Medicine (2017)
- Developing Empathic Following Responses for Trauma Focused Work – Dr David Murphy Ph.D. (2016)
- Social & Political Challenges of Being a Person-Centred Therapist – Professor Peter F. Schmid (2015)
- Positive Action for Mental Health – PCCS Conference (2015)
- The Neurobiology of Early Experiences and Affective Regulation – Affective Neuroscience & Attachment Theory: Considerations For Psychotherapy Practice (2014)
- Forty Years After Meeting Carl Rogers: The Possibilities and Troubles of the Person-Centred Approach – Charles O’Leary (2014)
- Parental Conflict & Attachment Theory – Dr Christopher Clulow Ph.D. (2013)
- Enid Balint Lecture: Psychic ‘Geodes’ – The Presence of Absence – Joan Raphael-Leff (2013)
- Post Natal Depression & Insecure Attachment – Professor Lynne Murray (2012)
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 for 50 minutes (some concessions available)
I offer a reduced fee introductory session (£25 for 50 minutes) to see if psychotherapy with me is what you are looking for.
My practice is safe and ethical, and abide by the UKCP Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct and the NCS Code of Ethical Practice. My clinical work is underpinned by regular clinical supervision from a senior accredited practitioner. I am fully insured.