Elizabeth Edwarde PGDip(Counselling), MBACP (Accred), CQSW
I am an experienced counsellor, offering day and evening appointments, in a peaceful, private setting. I work short term and long term with individual adults and young people.
I offer a supportive, non judgemental environment to work through issues in a confidential, safe and effective way, to enable new perspective on past and current issues and tools to cope with future life. I work in a Person Centred way which focuses on the counselling relationship, established through support and empathy. I am also trained to teach Mindfulness techniques, which have been shown to relieve anxiety and stress, as well as reduce and prevent depression.
Some people simply need one session to share their grief or difficulty. Some clients benefit from a certain number of sessions, such as six or twelve, and we can agree to work towards completing in that time. Other people feel they need to work in an open-ended way in order not to be rushed and because they do not know how much time they might need.
Sometimes clients like to come for an occasional visit after completing a piece of work and they can email or text to arrange a session at short notice.
If you would like to email me or speak to me on the phone to discuss your needs before deciding to come and see me, I would be pleased to hear from you.
There is on-site parking and I am about ten minutes walk from a tube station, bus and tram stops.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an Advanced certificate and a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling. I have experience working with adults and young people. I offer short and long term counselling covering a wide range of different issues.
I work in a Person Centred way helping raise confidence and self-esteem. I have been trained to teach Mindfulness, which has been shown to help people learn to manage anxiety and worry and avoid depression. I have also had experience in working with adults who have suffered Childhood Abuse. I have been counselling for many years and now have my own private practice.
I am an accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), which means that I adhere to their code of ethics and framework for good practice (see www.bacp.co.uk.). As required by the BACP, I am in regular supervision and follow an ongoing programme of continuing professional development.
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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My Qualifications and Experience
I have been trained to teach Mindfulness, as this has been shown to relieve anxiety, prevent a recurrence of depression and help give people a better sense of well-being in their day to day lives.
Having studied Psychology with the Open University, I then trained at Bristol University and worked for many years with children and families, as a social worker and Family Therapist. During this time I gained an Advanced Certificate in Counselling and subsequently worked for Relate as a member of their 'Relateen' Team, working as a counsellor to young people.
This work convinced me that counselling was my vocation and I undertook and gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, awarded by Bath Spa University. The course was 'Integrative' and introduced the participants to many different models of therapy. This has enabled me to use several different approaches with clients.
Since qualifying I have continued to study and train in such areas as Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, etc.
I have also trained to teach clients Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
My work is based on the Person Centred Therapy of Carl Rogers. He discovered after many years of practice as a therapist that it did not seem to matter what school of psychotherapy a therapist practiced. What did matter and what got results was the style and personality of the counsellor and the relationship formed between client and counsellor.
A good therapeutic alliance is vital and this is achieved if the therapist strives to offer three conditions: empathy, honesty, and unconditional acceptance.
I charge £40 an hour for individuals, (£30 for NHS workers, students and those on a low income, e.g single parents, who do not receive help from their ex-partner, people with disabilities, etc.)
At present I offer sessions online using VSee, during the day m Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays.
I am a few minutes walk from Morden Tube station, bus and tram stops. There is also off road parking available at my office.
You can contact me by email, or my mobile. If you cannot get a reply you can also text me on my mobile, or leave a message.