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About me

Hello and welcome to my profile.

I am an experienced Person-Centred/ integrative counsellor, offering both short and long-term counselling . I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). This means I am trained and qualified to a required standard and abide by their code of ethics and framework of good practice.

I believe that the diverse and sometimes difficult challenges I've faced and overcome in my own life have given me true insight into myself and others. Through my personal and professional experiences, I have developed a genuine belief in the healing potential of a trusting relationship between two human beings.

What do I offer?

I offer emotional support to adults and young people/teenagers age 12 + either face to face, online or on the phone. Some of the most common problems I help with are:

  Anxiety & stress                          School/college/work pressures
  Trauma/panic & fear                    Sadness, grief & loss
  Feeling depressed                       Relationship/family difficulties
  Low self-esteem                          Parenting challenges
  Anger, frustration                        Suicidal thoughts/ Self-harm

This list is not exhaustive.

How can my counselling approach be helpful ?

It might be that you are struggling to make sense of things or see a clear way forward and I appreciate that it can sometimes feel difficult to open up to family or friends for fear of feeling judged, not meeting others expectations of you, or being offered unhelpful advice. This can can hold us back from being able to freely express our genuine thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

My approach values and trusts that you know yourself better than than anyone else does. My warm and empathic nature allows me to offer a safe and supportive space where I will invite you, at your own pace, to open up about things that are troubling you.  I don't believe in a one size fits all approach and so it is important that  I work collaboratively with you, where, together we can look at the different things that may impact on how you are and what you do in a way that suits your needs.

My role is not to offer you my advice or make my own assumptions or judgements about your experience, however I will bring my knowledge and experience to help you make connections with all aspects of your-self, so that with this understanding you can begin to heal and feel empowered to make changes and choices in your life that are best for you.  I believe that with the right help people have the potential to thrive as opposed to just survive.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training

FdSc Degree qualified, Person-Centred Counselling/therapy University of Brighton.

Level 1-3 qualification in therapeutic counselling.

In addition to my professional qualification I have undertaken & completed training certificates in :

  • working creatively with children and young people
  • working with anxious teenagers
  • working safely & ethically with clients at risk
  • self-harm & suicide
  • trauma
  • childhood trauma & neglect
  • loss and bereavement
  • relating in depth
  • anger
  • setting goals in counselling
  • neuroscience (mind and body connections and the way our brains work).
  • Focusing (working with the way we feel things in our body).
  • Safeguarding adults and children
  • Existential Therapies

Experience

Present - Working in private practice with adults and young people age 12+ with a a diverse range of issues, on a one to one basis in Seaford and Eastbourne.

Present -  Working as a counsellor for The Old Bank Wellbeing Trust, mental health service in Eastbourne.

Present - Volunteer Counsellor at 'Holding Space', an organisation based in Eastbourne, supporting families who may be experiencing or living with mental health difficulties.

Previous - Bereavement counsellor, working with children and young people age 6-18 as part of the therapeutic team at St Wilfrid's hospice in Eastbourne.

Previous -  working as a counsellor in a residential school with young people age 9-18 with a range of complex, social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). This means I am trained and qualified to a required standard and abide by their code of ethics and framework of good practice. This includes attending regular supervision.

I am covered by professional liability insurance and enhanced DBS checked.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy

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Fees

I offer a free phone or video consultation  so we have the chance to chat/meet and for you to get a feel for how it might be working with me. After exploring what brings you to counselling I will have a clearer idea if I think I can help.

Subsequent sessions - £40.00

Sessions usually last 60 minutes and take place at an agreed time each week. However it may be that 50 minutes is more suitable for some young people - this can be discussed in the first session.

I offer both short and long term therapy - the number of sessions will vary according to your needs.

I offer a limited number of contracts at a negotiated, reduced rate dependent on a persons circumstances.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Availability

Daytimes & Evenings available

Further information

I appreciate that making that first step in looking for and choosing a counsellor can feel quite daunting and is a very personal thing. Please take a look at my website for more information about the way I work and If you have any further questions or would like to contact me to arrange an introductory session for you or your child, I welcome enquiries via phone, text or email. (I aim to respond to email enquiries within 24 hours).

Eastbourne, UK
East Sussex
BN21

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Unspecified

Please note: My therapy room is accessed via a flight of stairs.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

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Emily Heseltine - Adolescents/Teenagers & adults counselling

Emily Heseltine - Adolescents/Teenagers & adults counselling