I understand the need to stay flexible in the way we work in these uncertain times. This is why, as well as face to face sessions, I also offer therapy via the internet, using Zoom and/ or over the phone. In order for you to get a sense of what it might be like to work with me in these ways I offer a free session to all new clients.
I also offer a discounted rate for those on a low income. Please follow the link to my website for more details.
My name is Ellie. I am a fully qualified counsellor with a private practice in Steyning, West Sussex. I specialise in working on a one-to-one basis with young people and adults from a wide variety of backgrounds. I have a wealth of experience in education and work with young people, families and adults as both a teacher and a counsellor. I also work on a voluntary basis, counselling staff and patients at a local NHS trust. My door is open to adults and young people alike.
We all have times when we feel that life is getting on top of us. This is a natural part of all our realities, and our movement through these times is part of our overall growth and development as a person. Often we can successfully negotiate these difficult times or events ourselves, but sometimes we may decide that we need some support. This is where I aim to provide the help that you may need.
The Humanistic Counselling approach that I take is well documented in helping with many of the following areas:
· Low self esteem
· Family issues
· Feeling overwhelmed
A single counselling session lasts 50 minutes and usually takes place once a week. You may choose to have a few sessions over a short period of time, perhaps for just a matter of weeks to get you through a difficult time. However, you may like to work with me for a longer period, or maybe you just need support every now and then.
I will spend this time with you in the relaxed, comfortable setting of my therapy room. I will commit my time with you to listening without making judgement, in order to develop a holistic understanding of you as a unique person. We will work together in confidentiality so that we can further understand what has brought you to counselling. In the safe space of the therapy room we can begin experimenting with ways of being that may alleviate future unease, in order to find more satisfying and fulfilling ways of living your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am qualified with a Post Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and subscribe to their Code of Ethics and Professional Practice. I also hold a current, enhanced DBS certificate for my work with young people and children.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Your initial consultation will be free and will last 30 minutes. This will enable me to get to know a little bit about you. It will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, talk about your concerns and discuss your goals for counselling.
Each subsequent session will last 50 minutes and will cost £45.
Concessionary rates may be available upon request if you are a trainee counsellor or on a low income. Please feel free to discuss this with me when you first get in touch.