Fiona Macbeth, MSc, MBACP (Accred)
Blackheath Complementary Health Centre
184-186 Westcombe Hill
10 St Johns Parade
(44) 7711 540531
Frequently feeling anxious or fearful is not how most people want to live their lives, particularly if it is accompanied by harsh self-criticism, or even self-loathing.
Often the ways we try to “deal” with this situation actually makes it worse, and leads to beliefs and behaviours that further damage self-esteem.
Emotions then seem impossible to handle and repressing them the only way or coping. Relationships can be impacted too, or prevented from developing, leaving us feeling more isolated.
How does this happen and why do we get into habits and behaviours that make life so hard and unhappy?
I can offer you the time and space to explore why you feel the way you do, and better understand the way you react and behave, to build self-awareness for a more fulfilled life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked for many years at a managerial level in a corporate environment, so I understand the stresses of employment and modern living.
I studied Therapeutic Counselling for three years at the University of Greenwich in which I have a Masters of Science with Merit. (MSc). I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, MBACP (Accred).
I am currently the counsellor in a college for the performing arts, helping clients with a range of issues including anxiety, self-esteem, injury and disordered eating. I also present workshops regularly to help with stress management and mental well being.
Previously I was a counsellor in a boys school for a year working through a variety of issues including gang violence and male identity. I also ran a film project for troubled teenagers for three years to help them with isolation and communication issues.
I am a qualified CRUSE bereavement counsellor and have worked with people of all backgrounds and ages.
I have also worked with private clients with a variety of health and relationship issues.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with a range of performers specialising in anxiety, low self esteem and psychological recovery after physical injury.
I also have experience of working with a range of eating disorders.
The cost of counselling is £60.00 per 50 minutes session.
Clients normally pay cash for the first session, you can continue to pay in this way or there is a 5% discount for paying in advance for the next five sessions by bank transfer. I normally contract for six sessions at a time with clients, then review.
I am happy to discuss fees by email or on the phone.
I can also meet clients in Sidcup on request.
I can also offer appointments on Saturday mornings.
There is a strict cancellation policy, which will be fully explained along with confidentiality, data protection and safeguarding in the initial session.
My preferred method of working is integrative counselling, which means I use a range of approaches depending on the requirements. I have a strong grounding in attachment theories which focus on how earlier experiences affect us in later life.This involves discussing these experiences and working towards a greater understanding of the impact on development and current behaviour. A key part of being able to facilitate this is developing a good working relationship, which is open and honest and, at times, challenging. I also find Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) effective for short term work, particularly with clients with low self esteem and anxiety, and I am also experienced in brief focused therapy, and moving from self-criticism to self-compassion. Sometimes I use diaries, writing and drawing to aid this process.
Some weeks in therapy will be better than others for clients. If you have a good week it is important not to end the counselling immediately, but consider how robust that recovery is. Likewise some weeks can feel less productive than others and it can feel that the counselling “is not working.” Again it is important not to react too quickly as counselling is not an instant, or even quick, process.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I mainly work on Thursday evenings, but can offer Saturday mornings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|