Emma Heylen. MACC. Dip.Counsellor. BA (Hons)
Reaching out to someone else is brave and takes courage. I provide a safe place for you to explore whatever is on your mind and listen without judgement. You may feel stuck, sad, or you may be struggling with life circumstances; especially at the moment. Being confined to our homes can bring about extra challenges and induce pressure and anxiety. Together we can find ways to help you move forward. Sometimes fear and anxiety becomes a huge issue in life and can cause a block; counselling maybe just what you need.
During these challenging times I am currently offering sessions on zoom or telephone. I have a counselling room in Wimborne, where a risk assessment has been carried out and will be updated when I return.
A little about me. I have lived in different countries, which has given me an understanding of different cultures, I have worked in pastoral care for over twenty years and have provided relationship skills training to students for seven years helping them with relationship issues.
I am a qualified counsellor and have experience working with young people and adults with a range of different issues. I first trained in the humanistic, specifically the person-centred modality which helps me to treat you as a unique person. I then completed a BA (Hons) degree in integrative counselling, specialising in developmental trauma. I work creatively to help you sort though some of your thoughts and behaviours. I draw from models such as (CBT) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, (TA) Transactional Analysis, Mindfulness and Gestalt Therapy.
Counselling can sometimes be difficult but together we can focus on your goals and the rewards can be life changing. I see clients one to one for both short and long term work and I see couples. Although I work from a Christian worldview, my own life experiences help me to understand and respect people with different worldviews.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling (Completed at Waverley Abbey College and awarded by Middlesex University) level 6
Working with young people (ages 11-18) Stage 1
CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling level 4
CPCAB Counselling Studies level 3
CPCAB Counselling Skills level 2
Association for Christian Counsellors
The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK. The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Mentoring young people
Free 30 minute online first session (Zoom or telephone)
£40 per 1 hour session (Individual)
£50 per 1 hour session (couple)
Concessions offered for
I am available for sessions on weekdays and I offer some evening sessions.
I am a member and registered with ACC (Association Of Christian Counsellors) and continue my professional development by meeting regularly with counsellors and attending monthly supervision. I also attend professional development days throughout the year.