HEART Counselling

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BA (Hons), MBACP
Available for new clients
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Colchester, Essex, CO7
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About us

HEART stands for Honesty, Empathy and Respect in Therapy; qualities that I believe are essential for creating an environment in which clients can heal and grow. 

I am qualified as a person-centred counsellor, and as such, I offer a warm, kind, accepting, non-judgemental, and safe space in which clients can explore their feelings, thoughts, and behaviours to find a deeper understanding of themselves, develop coping strategies to improve their resilience, and start the journey to better physical, mental and emotional health.

I struggled with Depression after experiencing bereavement of a close family member, leading to relationship breakdowns and some poor life choices. When my own daughter made a suicide attempt I knew that, to help her, I had to change something about myself. While studying to become a counsellor, I was diagnosed with a disabling condition which put my counselling qualification in jeopardy. Having fought to regain some of my health, as well as the right to continue my education, I used my dissertation to explore how the therapeutic relationship might be affected by physical disability and believe that I am in a unique position to help others come to terms with living with chronic illness and disability in an ableist society. Just living day-to-day can be both a physical and mental battle.

It was only in the midst of personal trauma that I realised that I had never truly been heard and how important it is to be listened to. When trying to talk to friends and family, we are so often given unwanted advice or regaled with stories of comparative situations experienced by others. Too often it feels like nobody is really listening to us and that we might as well be invisible because no one seems to notice how much we are struggling.

I know that asking for help can feel daunting and takes a lot of courage, especially when you've convinced yourself that nobody could ever understand what you're going through; sometimes we don't even understand it ourselves. It can be intimidating contacting a counsellor for the first time (I personally find making a phone call to a stranger somewhat formidable), so if you too feel unable to phone, I am always more than happy to respond to enquiries made by text, WhatsApp or email.

I have a first-class honours degree in Person-centred Counselling, am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and abide by the BACP Code of Ethics. I also hold an Advanced DBS check.  I work online using WhatsApp video to be as accessible as possible whilst maintaining confidentiality.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) in Person-Centred Counselling - first class
  • Most of my work is around Anxiety, Depression, Abuse, Self-harm and Disability
  • I work with teenagers and adults (11+)

I also have a particular interest in working with long-term health conditions, chronic pain and disability.

Member organisations *

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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Other areas of counselling we deal with

  • Chronic pain

Fees

£35.00 - £55.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I charge £55 per session for a 50-minute in-person session or £40 per session for concessions*. Online sessions are £35.

*I offer a discounted rate for trainee counsellors, students, or anyone on a low-income who is in receipt of Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Carers Allowance or Personal Independence Payment/Disability Living Allowance/Attendance Allowance. 

When we work

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I keep my client hours to a Monday or Wednesday, to fit in with my other commitments. 

Further information

I currently have face-to-face sessions available on a Wednesday morning at a premises near Colchester city centre with free parking. Being a Grade II listed building accessible toilet facilities are not available but a wheelchair accessible room is available for our sessions. 

If you prefer to work online, I use WhatsApp Video because it is readily available and fully encrypted, however, you must have a reasonable broadband connection and be able to find a private space where you can talk freely. 

Thorrington, Colchester, Essex, CO7

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

A downstairs accessible room is available but toilet facilities are not. Alternatively, online sessions allow professional counselling without leaving home and has been invaluable for clients who suffer with disabling chronic pain conditions.

Online platforms

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HEART Counselling
HEART Counselling