Ewen Purcell - Overstone Counselling
Maybe you are feeling anxious, unable to sleep with thoughts racing. Perhaps you are struggling to communicate, unable to say how you feel. You may have experienced a recent loss, or possibly it feels like something in your life needs to change, you just don’t know what.
I offer counselling at evenings and weekends, in a safe, non-judgemental and accepting environment, enabling you to explore your feelings and build a deeper understanding of yourself. I can help you to realise your goals, working with you to understanding the causes of your obstacles and then finding ways of overcoming them.
How can I help?
Anxiety: I can help you to identify ways to feel less worried and manage the sense of panic that can seem so overwhelming. I can help you explore and understand why you may feel restless, or as though you are constantly ‘on edge’ and we can work to develop tools to help you manage your feelings of panic, fear, dizziness or nausea.
Depression: Perhaps you are experiencing feelings of sadness, have little or no motivation, or have lost interest in things and have withdrawn from your usual life. I can help you explore why you may be lacking in energy or finding it difficult to make decisions, and support you reconnecting with your family, friends and social activities.
Self-esteem: You may feel that you lack confidence, that nobody cares, that you are ‘not good enough’ or you may be having difficulties with your relationships. I can help you to discover ways to feel more confident in yourself, to be less critical and feel more positive, to tackle challenges that feel overwhelming and develop an improved understanding of yourself.
Loss: There is no wrong or right way to feel when you experience a loss, whether it’s sudden or anticipated; a family member; relationship; job or pet. Support from others is important for the healing process. I can help you to understand those complex and painful emotions and to adapt to a life that has changed.
We accomplish this together by working in a safe, confidential space that provides an opportunity for you to explore and understand your feelings and identify what you want to achieve. I will support you throughout your counselling experience, led by you and the things you want to discuss. No judgement, no hidden agenda, no advice, just 100% you.
I believe there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations and that each person needs to be considered as a whole. My counselling techniques are tailored to meet my clients’ individual needs and personal circumstances, promoting wellness across mental, physical and emotional health.
Taking the first step can be the hardest and talking to someone you don’t know about your private, intimate thoughts and feelings may seem daunting, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. Making time for ourselves is easily over-looked and is something we can all improve on. Taking time to pause, reflect and share those thoughts and feelings can help you to understand what you want to achieve and how you want to get there, bringing your life back in balance.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Director/Charitable Trustee – The Leicester Counselling Centre
- Volunteer counsellor – The Leicester Counselling Centre
- Arts Foundation Degree – Integrative Counselling (FDA) – University of Leicester
- Registered member of the (BACP) Membership No. 381585
- Psychology MSc – University of Northampton (current study)
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
Fees are £45 for a 50-minute session (a therapeutic hour), beginning with an initial consultation.
This first meeting allows us to get to know one another, understand what you would like to achieve from counselling and outline how we can work together. There is no obligation to continue following the meeting.
Counselling sessions then take place weekly, either remotely or face-to-face, on the same day and time unless otherwise agreed.
Remote counselling sessions are payable in advance by bank transfer and must be made at least 24 hours before your appointment.
Face-to-face sessions are payable at beginning of your appointment, by either card or cash. Should you wish to pay by bank transfer, this must be made at least 24 hours before your appointment.
Let’s face it – life isn’t 9 ‘til 5 anymore and there are many demands on the little time we find we have left for ourselves. Sometimes it is simply not convenient or practicable to take time out of your working day to attend counselling, however much you feel counselling is something you may benefit from. Perhaps for you, leaving work when you are paid to be there simply isn’t an option.
In our 24-hour society we work flexibly, part-time, on zero-hour contracts, sharing jobs and compressing our hours. Schedules no longer follow the Monday – Friday, 9-5 working pattern they once did and I personally struggled balancing my existing commitments with finding a counsellor who was able to offer counselling when I was available.
Overstone Counselling was established to provide a convenient counselling service at evenings and weekends for individuals who need the flexibility of a beneficial process that fits around the existing commitments they have.