Hello! I’m Erika, and I’m a qualified counsellor. I am here to offer you help in your effort to turn your life around. If you feel that you’re not living the life you could be living, if you find yourself tripped over by depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, addictions, unhelpful habits, stress, loss, grief or painful memories and you’d like to overcome these obstacles, I’d be glad to give you my attention, respect, empathy and support so that you can create the change you want for yourself.
A little bit about me
I have personally experienced the crippling effects of child and domestic abuse, loss, abandonment, bullying, ..., the list is not complete. As a result, I developed depression, social anxiety and selective mutism. I ended up despising myself and feeling like a fish out of water.
At the same time, deep down I had a sense that I had it in me to live a more fulfilling and fruitful life if only I’d felt valued and understood by someone. This is why I turned for help in counselling. And gradually, I started healing, valuing and trusting myself, feeling more alive and living in line with who I am.
Why I became a counsellor
I decided to swap teaching and care for counselling…
…because I believe in the unquestionable worth and inborn potential of every human being;
…because it saddens me to see this potential lost and the joy of living knocked out of people;
…because I know that we can reconnect with our true selves, our potential and our zest for life when we feel valued and understood;
…because I’d like to offer my valuing and understanding to my clients so that they can reconnect with their true selves, their potential and their capacity to feel alive;
…and because I have felt the most fulfilled when I have been with people in a way that enabled them to feel free to be themselves, find hope, self-respect, self-trust, vitality, personal power and solutions to their difficulties.
As a counsellor,
I help adults and older adults to overcome the effects of adverse childhood experiences, relational trauma, grief, loss and other stressful life experiences on their mental health and coping strategies.
Getting in touch
If you like the sound of this, please get in touch via email or phone. I’ll try to get back to you within 48 hours on weekdays.
In my reply, I’ll offer you time slots for a free introductory Zoom chat.
In the Zoom chat, we can discuss any questions you might have about counselling, about my way of working and about what you’d like to get from me. This is an opportunity for you to decide whether you want to have counselling with me or not. If you choose to have counselling with me, we’ll also discuss the format (face to face or online), time, frequency and other practicalities.
In our first session, we’ll talk about what has brought you to counselling, as well as what you’d like to achieve through counselling.
And then, in the second session, the work begins.
Training, qualifications & experience
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Certificate in Education (Incorporating Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector)
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
How I work as a counsellor
I’m a person-centred counsellor integrating trauma therapy in my practice. In my sessions, I offer a space of safety and freedom,
- where you can turn up just as you are (depressed, anxious, having traumatic memories, unhelpful habits, turbulent feelings or hardly any feelings) and be valued;
- where you can explore, discover, understand and come to value yourself;
- where you can become aware of and exercise your personal power, your capacity to take charge of your life;
- where you can judge for yourself what you like and don’t like, what you need and don’t need, what you want and don’t want;
- where you can decide how you want to change;
- where you can discover your inner strengths and external resources to change; and
- where you can change in any way you choose to.
What I can't promise
I also want to be upfront about what I can’t promise.
I can’t promise a quick fix. I can’t promise that you’ll become fully self-aware, assertive, resilient and in charge of your life after, say, five sessions. We all change at different rates, depending on how much pain and stress we carry. At the same time, it’s up to you how many sessions you want, whether you opt for short term or long term counselling. There are so many things that may put a limit on our wishes. And sometimes just feeling understood and valued for an hour or two is enough in itself.
I can’t promise that you’ll be fully fixed, fully sorted and happy ever after thanks to counselling with me. Not even the best counsellor or the best functioning person in the world is fully “sorted”. We are all work in progress till our last breath. But what I can promise is that you and I together can kickstart your journey towards self-discovery, self-acceptance, self-trust, self-assertiveness, self-worth, self-regulation, resilience, autonomy, a sense of agency, better ways of coping with life’s challenges, more joy, and more effective ways of engaging with life as it unfolds moment by moment.
Finally, I can’t promise that the counselling process will be pain free. More often than not, the only way out is through. We’ll need to walk the journey step by step, and sometimes it will be uphill, dark, stormy and tiring. But you won’t be alone in your journey. I’ll be there with you. And if the going gets too tough, we will take a break, rest and recharge before we carry on.
If this is something that appeals to you, I’d be happy to offer you an initial session, free of charge, where you can decide whether you feel comfortable with me as your counsellor, and where we can discuss any more details you would like to know before committing to having counselling with me.