About me

Do you need some space to talk, and to be heard? You may be at a crossroads after this past challenging year; you might have experienced trauma or loss; you may be recovering from a damaging relationship. Possibly you feel that you have lost touch with yourself, or are struggling to find your place. This may express itself through feelings of depression, loneliness, overwhelm or anxiety. You may want to feel better about yourself, more resilient or positive; to work out who you are or where you’re going. Or you may simply want someone to talk to at a difficult time.

I will support you with curiosity, deep listening and empathy. I can help you make connections, holding the space as you begin to piece together the jigsaw of your own life. Depending on what suits you best we may work with metaphor or visual imagery, or explore how you hold things in your body. Or we may ‘simply’ talk!

DIFFERENT WAYS OF MEETING

I offer video and telephone counselling nationally, plus 'traditional' in-person and walk and talk sessions, following Covid guidelines.

If you are local to Bridport, Dorset, I offer in-person counselling in a welcoming and peaceful space. You may also choose to meet for a walk and talk session in the Dorset countryside.

You may choose to commit to a certain number of sessions, or you may prefer to work in an open-ended way. Whatever the length of our counselling relationship, I will regularly take time to check that you are getting what you want from it.

CONTACT ME

Finding the right person can be daunting. If you would like to get a sense of whether how I work might suit you, I offer a free 15-minute call. This is a chance for me to answer any questions you might have. There is no commitment to have therapy with me: this is a chat about what might be helpful for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Humanistic Integrative)
  • Levels 2 and 3 Certificates in Therapeutic Counselling and Counselling Skills
  • BA in English Literature from Durham University, First class

I continually expand my skills and understanding through training, reading, peer skills shares and other means. Recent training has covered trauma, safeguarding, suicide, sandplay therapy and Gestalt therapy.

EXPERIENCE

  • Mentor working outdoors with neurodiverse, anxious and traumatised children and young people.
  • Volunteer counsellor with Dorset Mind's young people's service.
  • Counsellor in private practice.
  • Trainee Counsellor for Redlands Counselling, providing pay-what-you-can counselling.
  • Ecopsychotherapy (nature therapy)
  • Trauma
  • Safeguarding

I am neurodiversity-affirmative, and work to

Whilst I am myself neurotypical, I am neurodiversity-affirmative, continually working to expand my understanding and be an ally of the ND community.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

A lot of my work is with autistic people, and with those that love and care for them - be it parent, partner or sibling. I work with autistic adults and young people, including those who are diagnosed as adults. I also support people whose child is undergoing diagnosis - or who are themselves in the process of seeking a diagnosis.

Therapies offered

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Photos & videos

Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£60 per 50-minute session

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I offer appointments 4:30pm to 8pm Tues-Weds, and 9am to 8pm on Thursday.

At times I may be able to offer Monday appointments - contact me to find out.

Bridport
Dorset
DT6

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

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.

My premises are on the ground floor, with straightforward step-free access. There is plenty of parking nearby.

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom
Emma Harris

Emma Harris