Emma-Jane LaRoche BA (Hons), FdA Counselling & Psychotherapy MBACP
Thank you for taking a minute to stop by my page. I am now taking bookings for counselling via, WhatsApp, FaceTime, Zoom and telephone counselling due to the current Coronavirus Covid -19 pandemic.
What brings you to counselling?
Perhaps you are going through a tough period in your life and have decided that now is the time to seek professional help! Are there events in your past which you feel are impacting on your present life or even influencing your future! Do you feel you need to discuss a difficult relationship where you can talk candidly and freely without the well meaning opinions and advice of family and friends?
Friends and family can mean well but perhaps they haven't fully understood what you've been saying or possibly the situation is because of them.
With the current pandemic of Coronavirus Covid - 19 this can also bring up its own unique set of emotional responses. Whether you are a key worker, self isolating, suffering through loss or just feel the need to talk to someone about your thoughts and worries through this challenging time, I can offer you a space to talk and be heard about your own personal experience.
My counselling sessions
Together we discuss what is important to you. Providing a space where you are listened to and heard, where what you say counts and is important. Counselling allows you the time and space to make sense of your worries and find a solution to make the changes you need to carry on and feel confident in your life.
The issues I deal with
As well as helping individuals with Anxiety and Depression, some of the other areas I have particular experience and expertise in are listed below.
- Relationships- marriage difficulties, communicating problems with work colleagues, family or friends, bullying, domestic abuse.
- Stress-pressure of work, family, money or just life in general.
- Life changing events- bereavement, redundancy, children leaving home, illness.
- Trouble with feelings- loneliness, feeling suicidal, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, feelings of negativity towards yourself or others, self-harm
- ADHD - living with ADHD can bring its own unique set of challenges and it's impact is very individual. Counselling can give you the opportunity to talk about the emotional toll it can have on your life in a safe and accepting environment.
- Pet Bereavement - Grieving for the death or loss of a pet is perfectly normal. Having an attachment and bond with a pet with whom you may have been closer to than a human being or who has been there for you through some tough times can bring strong emotional feelings.
The first step
You can contact me either by e-mail or phone to arrange our first meeting. Each counselling session lasts 50 minutes and in the initial meeting we talk about what has brought you to counselling. I will also ask some questions and then explain how the counselling process works. It will give you the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any worries and concerns you may have and then between us we agree to the frequency and time that these sessions will take place.
How I work
My approach is Humanistic which provides you with a safe, non-judgemental, confidential and accepting environment giving you the chance to talk through your personal worries, loss and concerns.
Perhaps you've noticed negative repetitive patterns of behaviour in your relationships whether with friends, partners, family or work colleagues. You may find you get stuck in a spiral and can see no way out and that these behaviours hold you back from reaching your full potential. I work with you to understand what is holding you back from making the important changes to help you to move forward.
Working together we look at your communication skills and how to develop personal strategies to help you to get the best out of life. For further information please see my website www.141counselling.com.
About me and my practice
- I am a fully trained counsellor and Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy offering individual therapy where you have the opportunity to talk about your worries and difficulties in a confidential and safe space.
- I am primarily based at The Eaves Counselling and Psychological Services in Guildford, Surrey where I see both private at NHS referred clients.
- I have experience in working with both short-term therapy i.e. 6 sessions (time-limited) and long term therapy.
- I offer counselling for clients of 16 years and above.
- I work with a variety of issues including anxiety,depression, low self-esteem, bereavement and relationship issues.
- My purpose is to provide a confidential space where you can talk and be heard without being judged or criticised.
- Together we look at what may be causing you difficulties and identify solutions to help you make the changes in your life you need to move forward.
- I use a variety of therapeutic tools which are tailored to meet your individual requirements. This may include some psycho education where you are able to learn more about who you are and identify negative repeated patterns of behaviour which may be preventing you from change.
Counselling also helps with:
- Understanding more about who you are
- Self development
- Self awareness.
- Exploring your thoughts, feelings and behaviour
- Creating personal choice
- Making positive changes in your life
I provide a non-judgemental, compassionate and supportive environment. I am happy to offer you a free 10 minute initial phone conversation to discuss whether I can be of any help. Times and days of the week are flexible so please feel free to contact me to arrange an appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
B.A.(Hons) Transactional Analysis Counselling (1st class)
FdA Humanistic Counselling, based on Transactional Analysis (Distinction) Middlesex University. (BACP Accredited)
Certificate in Introduction to Counselling (CPCAB)
L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB)
L3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
Certificate of Transactional Analysis 101 from ITA (Institute of Transactional Analysis)
Animal Assisted Play Therapy™ Theory, Research and Practice (Level 1)
Canine Communication in Animal Assisted Play Therapy™
Introduction to Animal Assisted Play Therapy™
(Validated by the Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center ,Inc.
International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy™)
I am a registered member of the following associations:
- The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
- Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS)
I attend regular one to one and group supervision sessions and am committed to improve my service by attending continuing professional development courses. The ethical guidelines that underpin my work are defined by the BACP (http://www.bacp.co.uk/about_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
Accredited Register Scheme
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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Many pet owners form strong attachments to their animals and indeed animals are becoming much more involved in our lives compared say to 30 years ago.
for some pet owners its hard to find family and friends who fully appreciate the strong emotional tie that this relationship brings. Dogs in particular are accepting, unconditional and non-judgemental.
Grieving for the death or loss of a pet is perfectly normal. having an attachment and bond with a pet with whom you may have been closer to than a human being or who has been there for you through tough times can bring strong emotional feelings.
losing a pet through theft or accident can be particularly difficulty and bring its own emotional complications such as guilt and anger.
Sometimes tough decisions have to me made such as decisions about Euthanasia and this cane difficult o discuss with friends and family.
Talking to a counsellor can help bring more clarity and offer the time and space needed to help process this grief.
Along with a colleague we have successfully delivered workshops for pet professionals ant pet owners, including professional dog walkers, animal behaviourists, rescue volunteers and veterinary staff etc. In September 2019 we were invited to hold a workshop at Glasgow University Veterinary Department where we spoke about the impact of loss both on the client and also its effects on Veterinary professionals.
Each session lasts 50 minutes and is £50 per session.
I ask that payment is made either in advance or at each individual session.
I have private practice facilities in both Lightwater and Guildford n Surrey. Both are situated close to the M3/M25.
I also have a practice at Odiham in Hampshire where I offer Animal Assisted Therapy.
A discount is offered to student counsellors. Please contact me for further details.