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About me

I have 15 years experience of working in addiction. I set up and managed a support group for addiction to self-harm. Later I facilitated aftercare groups at a private rehabilitation hospital in Bristol. Following that, I spent six years working for an addiction counselling charity as an assessor and therapist.

I have spent the past three years working for a Supported Housing Association in their drug and alcohol abstinence-based supported accommodation service. I counsel clients on a one-to-one basis, facilitate process groups, psycho-educational workshops and carry out Canine Assisted Therapy.

Throughout my profession, I have become acutely aware of the severity of domestic abuse and sexual violence in what are meant to be loving, trusting relationships. I’m passionate to help people recognise these toxic dynamics and work through the aftermath of their own experiences.

During the global health pandemic of 2020, I’ve noticed my own heightened responses to the ways in which our societal norms have been reframed. I have observed and felt the conflict and the fear which flows as an undercurrent in most social interactions. I’m sure so many of us have felt completely alone and isolated in our views, having lost friendships and family connections for having different ways of navigating this troubling time. I hope that sessions with me will help you feel accompanied or “less-alone” in your experience.

Our Sessions

I work face-to-face and online via ZOOM offering weekly sessions.

Our sessions are a place where you can reflect on your situation, look closer at your responses and challenge your internal life script through exploration, curiosity and without judgement. My hope is that we will develop enough trust which will enable you to do this.

Your personal outcomes will likely be interchangeable so I consistently offer the opportunity for reviewing the work, your process, the progress that you have made and indeed, our relationship.

Training, qualifications & experience

I’m an integrative counsellor which means that I use methods and tools from a variety of therapeutic modalities and incorporate them in to our sessions. The focus of my counselling training was in the Person-Centred Approach and I use the concepts of this theory as the foundation of my work.

What underpins all my work however, is the connection between the two of us so I like to play an active role in building that relationship. I ask questions, I offer reflections, I share my insights where I think it appropriate, and I invite you to get curious about yourself.

I am a trained Independent Domestic Violence Advocate and specialise in working with high risk abuse victims who are also grappling with addiction.

I have participated in additional training to be able to identify and work more efficiently with coercive control in intimate relationships.

Understanding consent, upholding boundaries and gender equality play a significant part in the work that I do with my clients.

Whilst I have vast experience in addiction and a special interest in working with abuse and sexual trauma, I also have experience supporting people with a variety of mental health issues, life problems and complex trauma. I have experience working with shame, codependency, bereavement, self-harm and relationship breakdown to name a few.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative

Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Unemployed

Additional information

It’s important that you feel able to work with me, so I like to meet for an initial, no obligation session. This session is £25 for 50 minutes. 

Further information

I am trained in Canine Assisted Therapy with my bouncy labradoodle, Indie.

Indie is two years old and has been training for the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme since she was 10 weeks old. She passed her Puppy Foundation when she was just 5 months old and shortly went on to pass her Bronze Award. Indie is currently working towards Silver standard.

Indie is bouncy by nature and so her playfulness can engage the clients into their own playful states. Indie is an excellent teacher of boundaries; she displays the congruence of her boundary, the consent or not to touch her body or come into her space. Slow paced, respectful interactions upon introduction is something that Indie absolutely insists on.

When the relationship has been built with a trusted person, Indie offers joy, play, empathy and companionship.

Stroud
Gloucestershire
GL6

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults

Online platforms

Zoom
Emma Powell - MNCS Accred

Emma Powell - MNCS Accred