Fiona Foster MBACP (Accredited), Adv Dip Couns, Dip Hyp, Individuals and Couples
I work with individuals and couples who may be finding life hard at the moment and would like to talk through problems that are getting in the way of their happiness. Talking through things with someone who will listen properly, without judgement, can help you to unravel the issues and also help you to make sense of them.
I am an Integrative Counsellor, which means that I draw on different therapies in order to suit the unique needs of each person. I may introduce mindfulness, person centred therapy, solution focused therapy, life coaching, aspects of positive psychology or hypnotherapy into sessions as appropriate.
The relationship between myself and clients is central to the counselling process. With the foundations of a trusting, respectful and honest relationship we can work together to find insight and change.
There may be a number of reasons why you are thinking about couples therapy. It may be that communication has broken down, intimacy is a thing of the past or you have simply drifted apart. Therapy can help you to explore these issues and many more, within a safe and neutral environment. Communicating with each other in the presence of a professional therapist can really help you to hear each other fully, take a step back and respond in new ways, and ultimately see your relationship and yourselves within the relationship with a fresh perspective.
If you are considering separation, therapy can also help you to explore the best way forward in order to minimise the distress at such a difficult time.
Training, qualifications & experience
As Counsellor within a busy GP Practice for a number of years I have expertise of working with clients presenting with diverse and sometimes challenging issues. I have worked across the NHS and also within the voluntary sector and have specialised in alcohol addiction and also work with young people. I currently run a busy private practice receiving referrals from Occupational Health organisations together with private clients. Alongside private practice I provide a counselling service for a project working with the over 50's.
I work with a broad range of issues, experience includes:
Anxiety, abuse, addictions (including alcohol, gaming, gambling, shopping,) bereavement, childhood trauma, depression, health related, loss, OCD, relationships, retirement, stress, sexuality, issues relating to the ageing process and work related issues.
Utilising different approaches means I can work with most issues so please contact me if you are unsure about anything and we can discuss the options.
Qualifications and Training
Accredited with the BACP
Advanced Diploma in Counselling
Advanced Diploma in Holistic Hypnotherapy
Life Coaching Certificate
Professional Training in the Therapeutic use of Mindfulness
Certificate in Bereavement and Loss Counselling
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
Certificate in online counselling
Safeguarding Children and Young People Level 3
Alcohol brief intervention
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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I offer a free, no obligation, half hour introductory session.
I work with clients on both a short term basis and longer term depending on the issues. Short term work may be right for you if you are dealing with a particular difficulty or issue. Some issues may be deep rooted and involve exploring issues from the past. This may necessitate a longer period of sessions.
During the first session we will discuss what you are hoping to get out of therapy and you will also have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. This will hopefully help you to decide the best way forward.
Free parking available at all times.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
9am - 9pm Monday to Friday
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|