Thank you very much for visiting my page! It would be wonderful to speak with you about how I may be able to support you to make sense of how you are feeling, helping you to feel better about yourself as the unique and special person that you are and enabling you to feel more in control of aspects of your life.
Are you feeling isolated and lonely with your own thoughts and feelings? Perhaps you may benefit from having someone to listen and support you without judgement? Are you simply struggling to cope with life and the overwhelming pressures that it may pose? Maybe you want a better life & better relationships? It could be that you struggle with making your own choices and trusting in yourself, leading to people pleasing tendencies. You may struggle with setting clear boundaries or you may feel judged or compare yourself to others. Life as a result of the current situation is challenging, overwhelming and uncertain and the way we respond with these changes can be difficult to manage.
Having been in the therapy seat myself, I am aware of how daunting it can be to reach out for support. By giving yourself the time and space to safely talk openly and freely with someone who will listen can be so valuable in supporting you to improve the quality of your life.
My therapeutic approach
My name is Eliza and I am a fully qualified counsellor. I work from a Humanistic approach where I will offer you a safe, supportive and non-judgemental space that will enable you to explore which aspects of your life you are finding challenging that may be preventing you from living the life you would like to lead. As an ethical practitioner, I hold membership with BACP and I abide to their professional regulatory standards.
I can also incorporate other therapeutic approaches such as Psychodynamic therapy, if I feel that it may be helpful for you to explore the root of your current difficulties. This can often help you reflect on the impact this may have on your current relationships enabling you to develop more healthy relationships.
A further specialty of mine is working creatively with clients; whether it is through online or face to face work. For example, art can be helpful tool within the sessions as a way of helping you to explore unconscious feelings or those that may be difficult to express through just words.
I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the most fundamental factor that contributes towards growth and positive change. It is a co-created relationship, where I will offer my deepest empathy and warmth to create a safe place where you feel heard, accepted and empowered.
I also incorporate mindfulness and grounding techniques into my approach as I feel that it can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. We tend to feel "trapped" in reliving past problems or "pre-living" future worries, so mindfulness can often be a helpful way of bringing our attention back to what is going on for us in the present moment.
I have an interest in working with individuals who are experiencing low self-esteem and self-confidence. In today’s society, we often feel that we have to hide certain parts of ourselves to feel approved by others and do not always make choices based on our own needs. I strongly believe that every individual is unique and within my therapeutic approach, I will aim to offer you a space where every part of you will be accepted and valued, and any barriers or masks that that may have that may prevent you from being your true self can be addressed and explored, helping you to live a life where you are able to trust and and respond more in line with your 'gut' feeling.
How therapy may support you
The therapy session is about you and we will work collaboratively at your own pace, where I will support you fully in exploring whatever feelings and emotions you feel comfortable sharing, whether it is about the past, present, or future.
I believe that anyone can benefit from having a safe space to be truly yourself and a space to feel heard and understood. Therapy should not be a place that is scary, it is a safe space without judgement that is yours; to talk about thoughts and feelings, however small or big. It is a confidential space that may help you to clarify some difficulties in your life, and to make your life feel more manageable.
We are all born with a need to be loved, to feel secure and safe and to be our true selves. However sometimes life gets in the way and we get moulded to become a version of ourselves that is not in line with who we really are and want to be.
Therapy can help you to lead a life where you are are able to be your authentic self; where you are able to make choices based on your own needs and what is right for you, rather than decisions based on your need to please others and feel approved. This can be empowering and freeing, and will enable you to recognise and accept how truly special and unique you are, as a whole person.
Free Initial Consultation
Please feel free to reach out to me for a free initial consultation where together, we can have a chat about what has bought you to therapy and how therapy may be helpful for you. You will also have the opportunity to ask me questions about therapy in general and about my therapeutic approach, as well as discussing any concerns you may have about starting therapy.
You of course will not be obliged to commit to further sessions, however this session will give you a chance to find out what I am like as a therapist and what I may be able to offer you.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Training, qualifications & experience
Hold professional membership with BACP
First Class Degree- BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling Practice, The University of Nottingham
My initial training included focus on sex and sexuality, trauma and working with addictions.
I am currently furthering my training in working with children and young people whilst undertaking a Masters in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at Terapia (accredited by Middlesex University).
I have experience working therapeutically with adults, young people and children in a range of settings, both online and face to face.
I am currently working therapeutically with NHS staff, offering them a safe space to explore the challenges they have faced as a result of the global pandemic.
I have experience working therapeutically in both primary and secondary schools with children and young people. I have a particular interest in working with young people, helping them to find to recognise their unique attributes and talents and to find their own sense of identity.
I also work therapeutically with bereaved children, young people and their families with Grief Encounter, a charity that supports bereaved children, young people and their families. I have also facilitated therapeutic group interventions and workshops.
I have worked with clients with a range of issues affecting their lives, including; low self esteem, inner child work, self worth, self-confidence, identity, anxiety, depression, relationships, family dynamics, marriage, issues with children and adolescence, peer pressure, childhood trauma, stress/burnout, life transitions, eating disorders, bereavement and loss, identity, sexuality and work-related issues.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I regularly undertake additional training (continuing professional development) to ensure that I am continuing to develop my professional practice and further my knowledge in the field. Recent trainings include:
· Online and Telephone Counselling
· Working Online with Young People with Suicidal Ideation
· Working with Eating Disorders
· Inner child work and creativity
· Working with Clients presenting with Autism
· Understanding Gender Identity
· Using Creative Arts Online
· Working with bereaved children, young people and their families
· Working Therapeutically with Self-Harm
· Working with Secondary Aged Young People
· Working with Men
· Working with Metaphor
- Sessions are £50 for a 50 minute session.
- Online and telephone call sessions available
- Students and those on a low income are offered reduced fees.
- I offer a free phone consultation to discuss your therapy requirements and to assess whether you would like to work together.
- Practices based in NW3 and Borehamwood
Concessions offered for
I am able to offer you a free initial phone call consultation in which we will discuss what is bringing you to counselling and how counselling may be helpful for you. There is no obligation to book in a session, however, if you would like to, this can be arranged, for both short term and long term sessions.