Liz Willis, Integrative Counsellor, Dip Couns, MBACP
21 Ellenborough Park North
Elim Connect Centre
"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves"
Are you struggling to deal with anxiety, stress, relationship problems? Whatever your concerns are together we can look at a way to move forward. The thought of counselling can be daunting, you may have been thinking of having counselling for some time, taking the first step can be difficult, you may not have opened up to anyone about how you feel before.
I am an Integrative Counsellor, which means I am trained in several different approaches and will work with you to suit your individual needs. I offer counselling to adults and couples, children, teenagers and young people, in a warm, friendly, non-judgemental and confidential environment.
I have consulting rooms in Wells, Glastonbury and Weston Super Mare. Saturday and evening appointments are available. If you have any questions or concerns about counselling, please ring for an informal chat.
My therapies include:
Person Centred Therapy (PCT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Person Centred Therapy is at the core of my work. It's a talking therapy putting you at the centre of the counselling process, it's about your own thoughts and feelings and not the counsellors. I will not give you advice or tell you what to do, I will help you to find your own answers.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a type of talking treatment that focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour, and teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems. It combines cognitive therapy (examining the things you think) and behaviour therapy (examining the things you do).
I am also conversant with Mindfullness, Relaxation and Visualisation Techniques, Inner Child Work,Transactional Analysis and Gestalt.
I believe counselling works best when you feel safe and comfortable to talk freely about your concerns. Choosing the right counsellor is important I offer the first 30-minute meeting free of charge. This is a good time for you to find out how I work and if I am the right person for you. I will be happy to answer any questions you have.
Whatever you want to talk about never think it's too insignificant to bring to counselling.
'I met Liz after going through a tough time at work. As a professional in a high pressure environment - it had simply become overwhelming and the panic attacks were derailing me. Liz was endlessly patient and helped me to talk through why I had got myself where I was and what I could do to deal with the pressures faced. Arming with a toolkit of techniques - I found myself immediately more able to cope and even more helpful - that the techniques helped me become more effective at work. At the end of the sessions I felt far better equipped to understand my own triggers and how to cope with them - thus reducing the need for them! A win-win'. Always good to know that Liz is there though if I ever need a 'top-up'. Can't recommend enough'. Anon
"Never having had counselling before I didn't know what to expect, Liz made me feel very comfortable and I was able to talk openly about things I never managed to talk about with someone before.
It gave me the equipment to cope with things I found difficult in my life.
Liz was understanding and made me feel supported when looking at certain situations.
The future now looks more positive thanks to Liz and her understanding and easy to talk to nature."
"I cannot recommend Liz highly enough. I know it sounds like a cliché, however the support and help she has provided me with has been life changing.
"Walking in for my first appointment felt daunting - I just didn't know where to begin, Liz immediately made me feel at ease with her very warm and friendly nature. After the session, it felt like such a release. The environment Liz creates feels very safe and not at all scary, she doesn't sit with a clipboard writing down her thoughts - you just chat"
"I always came away feeling something had been gained from the session. As well as unpicking my problems, a large part of my counselling process was about developing strategies to cope and deal with difficult situations in the future."
“You have everything to gain by just popping along to meet Liz and see what you think for yourself. The process can be challenging, but with Liz's support I don't think you'll be disappointed with the results.”
"Thank you Liz"
"I feel that I am 100% better than I was before and I have to thank you for setting the foundations in that. After my experiences over the last year I have become a big advocate of counselling, I have referred you to several of my patients and colleagues. I mainly just wanted to say a big thank you for being able to get me out of the self-destructive rut that I found myself in, to the person I have become, not the old me, a new improved version.
"Thanks again Liz, you are very good at what you do. I appreciate everything." N
"The sessions I had with Liz were invaluable. I found the practical strategies really helped me tackle my problems." K
"When I was first referred to Liz I was in a bad way. I had suffered from depression for 35 years and had been on numerous different anti-depressants and had seen a few therapists over the years. At all times I felt Liz was going at my pace. She gently led me through the rooms I had notices on too painful to deal with and we faced them together, yes it was painful but never more than I could cope with. By talking about my feelings from the past, gradually, I felt complete and at peace. I have gone from a deeply sad person who put on a cheery exterior to the world to a deeply happy, peaceful and positive person who doesn't pretend to be someone she isn't. Thank you Liz, you have truly changed my life. Awesome." Suzie
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the BACP www.bacp.co.uk (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and adhere to thier code of ethics.
- Diploma: Creative Cognitive Therapy
- CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4
- CPCAB Counselling Studies Level 3
- CPCAB Counselling Skills Level 2
- Couples Counselling Brief Interventions
- Working with The Inner Child
- Supporting Young People Who Self Harm
- Barnardo's Adoption Counselling
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Certificate
- MET - Motivational Enhancement Therapy
- Child Protection Training
- Childhood Sexual Abuse & It's Effects Into Adulthood
- Mentor Training supporting 'troubled young people'
- Counsellor in Private Practice working with adults, couples and young people
- School Counsellor at Crispin School, Street. Counselling young people aged 11 - 16
- Counsellor at Connect Counselling in Wells working with adults and young people
- Counsellor at Turning Point Somerset. Counselling adults with substance and alcohol misuse and addiction
- School Counsellor at Chiltern Trinity College in Bridgwater offering counselling to young people aged 11-16 years
- Volunteer Promise Mentor offering support to a vulnerable young person
I am undertaking ongoing professional and personal development and have regular supervision.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Children & Young People
I work with children and young people aged from 11 to 25.
Perhaps you are struggling to make sense of who you are and where you fit: in your family, school or community. Are you feeling low/depressed or lacking in confidence?
It can sometimes be difficult to talk to friends or family. I offer a friendly, relaxed and confidential space for you to talk about anything that is concerning you.
"Having searched the web for a local company to counsel my 13 year old son I came across Liz Willis. Total god send. She made a such a positive influence on my son and achieved so much in such a short space of time, one happy child one happy parent. I would highly recommend Liz to anyone, most friendly, accommodating and above all professional." Lisa
Some of the issues I deal with:
- School Work & Exam Stress
- Social Anxiety
- Bullying/Online Bullying
- Emotional Problems
- Behavioural Problems
- School Problems
- Family & Step Families
- Suicidal Feelings
- Self Harm
- Low Self Esteem/Low confidence
- Disturbing Thoughts
- Parents Mental Health & Drug and Alcohol Problems
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I aim to arrange an appointment within a week of contact.
Initial 30 minute meeting: Free of charge. (This is a good time for you to see if you feel comfortable working with me and to ask any questions you may have)
Each following 1 hour session is £45.00
Couples: £ 50.00 I hr
£65.00 1 hr 30 minutes
I am currently offering a fee of:
For an advance booking and payment of 6 sessions (one session free of charge)
Concessions are available for people on low income/qualifying benefits and for student counsellors.
Please contact me for further details.
I offer short and long term counselling to suit your needs.
I have comfortable consulting rooms in Wells (Elim Connect Centre) (where free parking is available within a few minutes walk) Glastonbury (The Red Brick Building) and Weston-Super-Mare (www.cowanhouse.co.uk), close to the centre, within walking distance of the train station and accessable via public transport. Parking for is available on the premises in Glastonbury & Weston-Super-Mare.
Please contact me on 07792837475 or complete the form on the contact page.
I OFFER SKYPE AND TELEPHONE COUNSELLING
Skype: 1 hour £35.00
Telephone Counselling: 1 hour £35.00
Please phone 07792 837475 or email me for further information or to arrange an appointment.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am available Monday to Friday 9.00am - 7.30pm. Later evenings and Saturdays by arrangement.
Types of client