Fiona Goodacre, BA (Hons) MBACP (Accred) Counsellor/Psychotherapist & Supervisor
Why Come to Therapy?
Therapy provides an opportunity to explore all issues causing anxiety,stress, and concern and an opportunity for self-reflection and evaluation.Sometimes people encounter difficulties in life which may seem impossible to share with friends and family and can feel really overwhelming and out of control. This can be triggered by any number of incidents including bereavement, illness, relationship issues including affairs, and betrayals, family issues including adoption, self esteem, lack of confidence, immigration issues, depression and post natal depression, self-harm, new mothers suffering with anxiety, social anxiety, death anxiety, performance anxiety, panic disorder, sexual issues, infertility, the menopause, internet and Facebook issues, sexual and psychological abuse, ill health, anger, debt, a change in circumstance such as unemployment, redundancy, divorce.
It is also not unusual to simply have a general sense of lack of fulfilment, a feeling of 'flatness', unhappiness or anger without being able to actually identify the cause. Together, we can work through these difficult feelings and identify the source of your distress.
The Way I Work
Making the decision to come to counselling is a valuable investment in yourself, creating an opportunity where we can work together towards positive change. As a counsellor and psychotherapist, I can provide support in a safe, confidential, personal environment to encourage self-exploration, insight and awareness; working towards making sense of the difficulties and issues which may be causing emotional distress and anxiety. I am able to draw from a number of approaches including the psychodynamic, Gestalt (encouraging creativity when appropriate), humanistic, developmental/reparative, and existentialist approaches,and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) when required. I can offer life coaching to improve social skills, increase your confidence and to build up your self esteem.
Additionally I believe that a holistic approach within counselling can encourage personal growth and a general sense of well-being. I also offer the opportunity to explore the techniques of Mindfulness which can help reduce stress and anxiety.
I also offer supportive, integrative-relational supervision to other qualified therapists please contact me for further details.
Free of Charge Initial Consultation
I also understand how the decision to seek support through counselling may seem daunting, particularly if you have never attended counselling before. Therefore I offer a FREE 30 minute, initial assessment whereby your expectations and needs from a counselling service can be explored. I can receive a brief outline of your personal history in order to assess whether I can give you the appropriate support you are seeking. This free consultation provides an opportunity for our mutual assessment and to decide whether we can successfully work together. The key goals can be agreed and whether short or long term therapy is desirable. Expectations and goals will then be regularly reviewed throughout the counselling process. I feel it is really important to build trust for a successful, caring, non-judgmental, therapeutic relationship in a safe place, and I consider confidentiality to be paramount.
I have my own private practice in Elborough Street in Southfields SW18. My practice is discreet and easily accessible. It's just a few minutes walk from Southfields Underground station and bus links to Wandsworth, Wimbledon, Roehampton, Clapham and Tooting (buses; 493, 39 and 156). Free parking is available on nearby side roads with the exception of parking restrictions; applicable Mon-Fri between 1.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m only.
Young People & Students
As well as working with adults, I also work extensively with young people and adolescents from the age of 18 years plus and I have a DBS certificate. Many young people are increasingly suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. Some adolescents and young people may use self-harm as a coping mechanism. It can often be very difficult for a young person or teenager to either identify their feelings or talk to their parents or family about these feelings. Many young people are afraid they will upset or make their loved ones become anxious,and so therapy offers them a place to express themselves freely and talk about their feelings without fear of recrimination or a sense of responsibility.
I am a counsellor and psychotherapist working with clients who require short or long-term therapy. My qualifications are listed below. In addition, as part of my clinical training, I counselled at NHS health centres in both Surbiton and Mitcham, gaining the foundation of my counselling practice in a broad spectrum of NHS centres and enhancing my overall experience of issues including bereavement, addiction, co-dependency, bullying, immigration issues, anxiety, performance anxiety, anger management, relationships, family issues, sexual issues, parenting, separation, redundancy, terminal illness, depression, and post natal depression.
I abide by the ethics set out by the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and of which I am an accredited member. Additionally I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (MNCS) and I am an approved, registered psychotherapeutic counsellor with the Authority for Health and Social Care.
Availability and Fees
I offer week-day, evening and Saturday morning appointments. It is my usual practise to offer one 50 minute session per week; £60 per session. For couples the fee is £80 per 60 minute session.The frequency of sessions can be discussed during the free of charge initial consultation. I am also a registered Psychotherapist/Counsellor with AXA and AVIVA insurance companies.
"Each of us secretly and desparately yearns to be 'met' -to be recognised in our uniqueness, our fullness and our vulnerability" (Hycner and Jacobs 1995)
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered and approved Psychotherapist/Counsellor with the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. (Certificate of Proficiency April 2013)
Registered Psychotherapist/Counsellor with AXA and AVIVA Insurance Companies
Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision
Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision
BA (Hons.) Integrative-Relational Counselling
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling (Level2)
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Externship
Working with Anger (Workshop)
The False, Apparently Normal Self (Disassociation Workshop)
Understanding Addiction (Workshop)
Eating Disorders (Workshop)
How to Lift Depression (Human Givens College)
NLP;Neuro Linguistic Programming (Level 1)
Understanding the Effect of Attachment Styles on Teenage Behaviour (Workshop)
Working Effectively with Troubled and Troublesome Teenagers (Human Givens College)
Understanding Anxiety in Young People and Students (Human Givens College)
Preparing Teenagers for University Life (Human Givens College)
How to Support Teenagers Through the Stress of Starting University Life (Human Givens College)
Family Constellations (Workshop)
Understanding & Working with Erotic Transferance (Workshop)
Enhanced Certificate (CRB) Checked
Provision of counselling services at NHS Wandle Valley Health Centre, Mitcham
Provision of counselling services at NHS Claremont Medical Centre, Surbiton
As part of my ongoing professional development I attend supervision on a fortnightly basis and attend regular psycotherapeutic related training courses and workshops.
Initial training and experience of counselling at NHS centres between 2009 and 2011.
My own private practice in SW18
4 years working with the UK Young Autism Project.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Internet addiction Issues
Supervision for other therapists
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£60 per 50 minute session for Individuals weekdays/evenings & Saturdays 8am-12 noon
£80 per 60 minute session for Couples weekdays/evening & Saturdays 8am-12 noon
Concessions available for Counselling/Therapy Related Students
Skype & on-line counselling by special arrangement
Adolescent & Teenager counselling
Anxiety -all forms
New mothers with anxiety issues
Supervision for other therapists
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday - Friday 07.30 a.m to 7 p.m. (Last appointment time 7pm) Saturday 8am - 11 am (Last appointment time 11am)
Types of client
Supervision & training
I offer effective supervision to other qualified therapists and strive to enhance your personal self-evaluation and creativity.