Welcome to Step In Counselling… I’m Esther, a qualified counsellor, working in Launceston, Cornwall. I provide face to face sessions in my office as well as remote sessions by telephone or Skype.
I recognise the courage that it takes to notice when you are struggling or feeling stuck, and to look for help. I therefore believe that acknowledging that you may need to talk with a counsellor is a positive step.
I strive to listen, really listen, so that I can understand how you see yourself and your world. Clients have shared with me how important it is that someone “gets” them, without judgement, and that is the cornerstone of my work. I work gently, at your pace, so that our work together is guided by what works best for you.
I support my clients in stepping into the different parts that make up who they are. As we go through life we may become defined by a particular experience, role or label which can cause us to view ourselves in a narrow way. My aim is to provide you with an environment in which you can share the burden of those things and begin to discover, or to rediscover, the parts of you that have been hiding.
As you and I work together we may become aware of patterns that exist in your life that are unhelpful, or possibly harmful to you. We can explore change and look at the ways in which you can implement change within yourself and your life. I will never tell you what to do – I believe that you are the expert on you, and I see it as part of my job to help you discover that.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the Iron Mill College in Exeter. I also have a first class honours degree in Psychosocial Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
I work with young people (aged 16-17) and with adults (aged 18 and over). I have experience of working with people of a range of ages and from a variety of backgrounds. I have worked with clients experiencing issues that have arisen recently including separation, changes in physical health and bereavement, as well as clients who have lived with hidden issues for many years including childhood abuse and domestic violence.
I have found that anxiety, depression, low self-worth and a lack or loss of identify are common, although at times isolating and frightening aspects of life for many of us. I believe that by connecting with the different parts of ourselves we find strengths and resources within us that may have become lost over time. When we step into ourselves fully we begin to value and care for ourselves more, and we learn that we are not all one thing or the other – and that is OK.
Like a number of my clients I have found that “overthinking” something is usually frustrating and unproductive, so I like to use a variety of techniques in my work to help us break that cycle. For example:
- Describing feelings or experiences in metaphors and images
- Focussing on the physical sensations that accompany thoughts and feelings
- Sometimes I introduce theories or models that can be used to help us understand what you are experiencing
- Using worksheets to help us focus on specific areas, and as a way for you to record and reflect on your progress
- Trying out strategies to ease anxiety, such as breathing exercises and using senses
- Creativity – using art materials or objects to represent how something looks or feels to you
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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Areas of counselling I deal with
I am always happy to have an informal chat about counselling, and any questions you may have. You are very welcome to contact me by phone or text on 07533011446, or by email email@example.com. Do pop over to my website to find out a little more about what I do, and why I do it!