Geraldine S Newham, BA Hons, RMBACP. (Compass Counselling and Psychotherapy).
So often, we only have a sense of things not being ‘right’; and we keep going, in the hopes that it will right itself in time. Sadly, that doesn’t always happen. Counselling can give you the opportunity to explore issues to better understand what is going on and the possibility of changing or adapting your circumstances.
How counselling can help
As I believe everyone is created through relationship (of parents), develops in relationships with others, and is damaged by and through relationships with others, we receive healing and growth through relationship, particularly positive, life-affirming, supportive and caring relationships. This in what I attempt to offer my clients, in a safe, containing space where they may feel enabled to do the emotional growing and self-understanding in exploring the issues they wish to discuss.
How we might start counselling together
I would invite you to contact me for an initial discussion about your reasons for coming to counselling, so that we can discuss how best we may be able to work together. I work with adults over 18, on a 1-1 basis. I do not work with couples.
What you could expect from coming to counselling with me
I work as an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. I believe many current issues are the result of difficulties experienced in childhood, for which we develop coping mechanisms. However, our coping methods don't always work for the rest of our lives, and often when we reach adulthood, become a problem. All too often, this becomes obvious in our relationships with others. I also use practical strategies and affirming techniques, enabling me to tailor-make my counselling to each person’s individual needs. I offer a respectful, client-led person-centred approach that conforms to the ethical practice of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, of which I am a registered member.
My private practice is known as Compass Counselling and Psychotherapy - helping navigate through life's journeys.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (Hons) Counselling (First Class)
- Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling (BACP) Accredited
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 2 Intermediate Certificate in Counselling
- Level 2 Awareness in Bereavement Care Training
My Experience Working as a Counsellor
I have been working in Worcester since January 2012, in a general counselling service, where I have had a broad experience in working with clients from a range of backgrounds and issues – from depression, anxiety, social phobias, low self-esteem, anger management, bereavement, life-stage issues, loss, marital difficulties, relationship struggles, self-harming and unresolved childhood development challenges. I feel immensely privileged to have been trusted by each of my clients to walk alongside each one and share part of their journeys.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £45.00 per 50 minute session.
In these difficult days of Covid-19 pandemic, I offer telephone and online counselling via Zoom, a secure platform that enables us to talk together in an encrypted secure environment, without the current risks of face to face contact. Agreed, it's not quite the same, but it does make counselling a definite option to consider.