Emma Curtis BSc Hons, Adv. Dip. Integrative Counselling, MBACP
Are you struggling with life? Feeling overwhelmed, distressed, or dissatisfied? Life can be full of challenges but you don't have to face them alone. Counselling can help you to resolve emotional or relationship difficulties by having the opportunity to explore issues and to make positive changes.
I'm Emma Curtis, a qualified counsellor who is registered to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I offer individual counselling to adults who are struggling with a variety of issues including emotional distress, anxiety, trauma, depression, bereavement, sexual abuse, domestic abuse and a cancer diagnosis.
There is hope!
My approach is integrative which means that I use a variety of approaches in order to provide each client with a style of therapy that is suited to them. This includes transactional analysis, person-centred therapy, gestalt and more creative approaches such as art therapy. I work with people in an atmosphere of trust, providing the opportunity to explore thoughts, feelings and behaviours without judgement. It’s important to me that clients feel safe enough to vocalise what it is that troubles them, finding solutions and changing patterns of thinking to overcome life’s hurdles.
I am a registered member of the BACP, which means that I work within their ethical framework and am accountable to a professional body. I also have regular clinical supervision which ensures that I provide a safe and professional service to clients.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a degree in Psychology with English BSc from the University of Southampton and an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the Iron Mill Institute in Exeter. Since qualifying, I have attended numerous workshops and training days, including:
* Youth Mental Health First Aid
* Working with Young People in the LGBT Community
* Working with Identity and Self-Esteem in Young People with Eating Disorders
* Responding to Domestic Violence - Working with Victims and Offenders
* Safeguarding Supervision for Managers
* Safeguarding Children Level 3
* Safeguarding Adults - Practitioner Level
* Human Trafficking - including Forced Labour and Sexual Exploitation
* Self Harm and Self Injury
* Integrative CBT for Addictive Behaviours
* Rape, the Brain and Mental Health Impact
* The Psychology of Rape and Sexualised Trauma
* Motivational Interviewing
* Child Sexual Abuse
* Childhood Bereavement and the Impact of Grief
* Narrative Therapy
* Domestic Violence - the Impact on Children
In my professional career I worked for a number of years in Witness Care for the police; supporting victims and witnesses of serious crimes through the Court system. I then worked for 3 years in child and vulnerable adult protection, so I have extensive knowledge and experience regarding financial, emotional and sexual abuse, as well as neglect. Over the past 5 years I have specialised in providing emotional support and advocacy to children and adult victims of rape and sexual assault for the NHS. This includes guidance through the forensic medical examination, police investigation and Trial process.
I am now the manager of ‘Headlight’ (formerly known as The Project) which provides peer support to young people aged between 13-24 who are experiencing mental health issues. I also facilitate a monthly group for parents/carers of children who have mental health issues.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Each session lasts for up to 1 hour and costs £40. However, the first appointment will be at the reduced rate of £20. It will be an opportunity to explore whether this type of counselling is right for you in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am currently able to offer appointments on Thursdays between the hours of 9am and 8pm, Tuesday evenings between 5pm and 8.30pm, and Wednesday evenings between 5pm and 8.30pm.
Types of client