About me

Are you feeling apprehensive about attending counselling or choosing the right counsellor?

I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy(BACP).  Accreditation is awarded through an additional in-depth application and assessment process. I  work with clients experiencing a range of difficulties from relationship breakdown; anger; sadness and regret; stress; anxiety; depression and panic disorders; low self esteem and with people who want to work out who they really are. It can be daunting choosing a Counsellor so to find out more about how I work please read on below or check out my website: www.smartcounselling.org.uk

So why choose me?

I trained to be a Counsellor later in life so I bring to counselling a wide range of  work and counselling experience. This includes working in educational and community settings (both youth and adult); as an Employment Advisor for IAPT the NHS mental health service provider; for mental health charities (delivering a confidence building course) and as a Counsellor for a Women's Health Advice Centre.  I work with clients to help them make the most of their lives.  We can't always change other people but we can change how we think, respond and react to others and adopt better coping strategies to deal with life's challenges.

Experience

Counselling at a Women's Health Advice Centre, I helped clients who were experiencing difficulties in relationships from family break ups; divorce and with people experiencing domestic physical or verbal abuse. I also counselled women who had low self esteem or had lost confidence in themselves.

As an Employment Advisor for a local IAPT service I helped people who were experiencing difficulties in the work place  This could be because of work place relationship breakdown, pressure from having to meet unrealistic targets; difficulties at home or the difficulty of achieving a good work life balance.  I also work for EAP organisations so please contact me to discuss your personal or organisational requirements.

I have worked for several years as a Counsellor in my own private practice with clients presenting with a range of issues such as anger, bereavement, low self esteem or loss of confidence, the break up of a marriage or partner, to anxiety and panic attacks and depression. The list is not exhaustive so please contact me if you want to talk things through before making an appointment.

About my approach

My approach to counselling is known as 'Person Centred'. The way we think,  feel and behave, is often dictated by how we have been treated by the people closest to us in the past. Our perceptions of who we think we are often based on these early experiences but they do not always sit well with how we see ourselves now.

I use a non-directive and non-judgemental approach in counselling where you as the client decide what you want to bring to counselling.  If later on in counselling we both agree that a more directive, solution focused or Cognitive Behavioural approach (CBT) is more appropriate then I can use some different techniques and strategies tailored to meet your individual needs.

Once you have contacted me we will arrange a first session where we will discuss  what you hope to get from counselling and to ask any questions you may have about the process.  For more details see my website. If making an email enquiry please remember to tick the box confirming this is a genuine counselling enquiry or I won't get the enquiry!

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Qualifications

  • Introduction - Key Skills to treating anxiety and depression
  • Developing wellbeing at work (Mental Health Concern)
  • Foundation Degree in Counselling University of Sunderland (commendation)
  • Foundation Cert in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - NHS Newcastle Cognitive & Behavioural Therapies
  • Certificate in Transactional Analysis
  • BA Humantities Degree (Hons)
  • PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate in Education


Additional training includes:

  • Developing Well-being at Work
  • Mindfulness
  • Understanding Depression & Suicide
  • Working with clients who have experienced domestic abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Mental Health First Aid certificate - Mental Health First Aid England
  • Emotional Intelligence - Newcastle University

I am trained to work with groups of adults and have delivered confidence building courses.

I am an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their code of ethics.

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Work  related stress/relationship difficulties
Young adults (18+)
Older clients

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

£45.00 per session

Additional information

I offer a free initial 15 min telephone consultation prior to booking an appointment to discuss any doubts/queries/question may have about counselling.

I can be flexible about day time appointments and offer limited early evening appointments.  I can sometimes do a Thurs or Fri appointment with prior notice.

The cost of a 50 min appointment is £45 and is payable at the beginning of the session. Appointments after 5 pm are £50.

Organisational rates may vary from those stated above.

A cancellation fee is applicable if less than 24 hours notice is given.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Daytime appointments and some early evening appointments.

Further information

I  work from two locations: my home in Cuddington and from a hired room in the Northwich Memorial Court (Brio Leisure Centre) depending on room availability etc.  There is a map at the top of the page for directions.  There is free parking at at both places.

Cuddington
Northwich
Cheshire
CW8

Northwich Memorial Court
Chester Way
Northwich
Cheshire
CW9 5QJ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom
Fiona Damm

Fiona Damm