Esther Pinder - Integrative Counsellor, Registered Member MBACP
Welcome to Step In Counselling… I’m Esther, a qualified counsellor, working in Launceston, Cornwall (walking distance from the town centre).
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. Additionally, I am on the PODS (Positive Outcomes for Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors) register of ‘dissociation-friendly’ therapists and have experience of working with survivors or abuse.
I work with adults, aged 18 and over, and 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
Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £25 per 1 hour session.
There is no charge for your initial session, when we will spend time talking about some important aspects of counselling such as confidentiality, as well as considering the issues you may like to focus on during our work together.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Do pop over to my website to find out a little more about what I do, and why I do it!
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client