I'm Emma, a qualified counsellor and registered member of the BACP, abiding by their ethical framework and codes of best practice.
Am I the right therapist for you?
It's essential to find the right therapist to support you through your journey. I'm happy to have a brief phone/email conversation to answer any questions you may have about therapy/ my approach.
I offer warmth, honesty and belief in what I do. Having engaged in my own personal therapy, I can appreciate just how scary and challenging taking the first steps into therapy can be. I'll be here to walk alongside you all the way. I truly advocate the benefit of psychological therapies and the role they play in improving wellbeing.
I work integratively, which means that I tailor my approach to suit your individual needs. My way of working begins with creating a relationship based on trust and emotional safety.
I encourage you to consider what outcomes you would like to achieve from therapy so that we can work together to explore your current issues, to learn about your lived history and to make sense of how your experiences have shaped your emotions and behaviours in the here and now.
Once this is established we can tackle unhelpful behaviour patterns and limiting beliefs, allowing space for you to fulfil your potential and to build self worth.
The therapeutic models & concepts that I use include Transactional Analysis, Attachment Theory and Gestalt Therapy.
How therapy can help
Modern life throws many pressures and challenges our way and many of us find it difficult to admit that we're struggling. Often fear of judgement or criticism prevents us from reaching out for help. This is where therapy can help.
Therapy provides a safe, confidential environment to explore our emotions without the fear of judgement. Speaking to someone impartial can remove concerns we have about impacting those we care about, with our troubles. Therapy can help us to understand our own processes at our own pace.
My work in a Mental Health Primary Care Team and voluntary roles in the community have provided me with experience of in working in many areas of psychological distress such as:
- Low self-esteem
- Interpersonal relationship problems/ breakdowns
- Domestic abuse
- Social isolation/ Loneliness
- Sexuality/ gender confusion
- Feeling a failure/ lost in life
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling - Northern Guild for Psychotherapy
Counselling Skills Levels 2 & 3 - Darlington College
BSc Hons Psychology Degree - Northumbria University
I have gained experience from many areas of my life including my voluntary roles as a Youth Worker, facilitating a drop in centre for vulnerable young people and as a Peer Mentor, reaching out to isolated members of the community. Also from my professional therapist role as part of an IAPT Primary Care Team.
I've been fortunate to work alongside counsellors working from a variety of approaches, to Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners who have offered a cognitive behavioural take on interventions. Working amongst a variety of practitioners has been instrumental in shaping me in the Integrative therapist that I have become.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Free phone call/email conversation to answer any questions or manage any concerns you may have about therapy.
Free Initial Consultation - No obligation to continue therapy if you do not feel I'm the right person to work with you.
Zoom/ Telephone appointments - £40 per session - (45-50 mins)
Face-to-Face appointments - £50 per session - (45-50 mins)
Please note: Payment will be required by bank transfer 24 hours in advance of session.