Heather Colman. MBACP (Accred). CPCAB Adv. Dip
I am an experienced, compassionate therapeutic counsellor working with individuals aged 18 years and above. I set up my independent practice in 2012 and in that time I have supported people through a wide range of difficulties.
My Approach to Supporting You
I provide a safe, confidential and caring place where you can feel trusting enough to explore your feelings, thoughts, fears and actions at your own pace and without judgement. As we work together, I will support you to find a path through your difficulties, exploring options which will allow you to make informed choices and helping you to gain clarity of your situation. You may also naturally choose to make some changes in your life and I can continue to support you whilst you implement these, providing a nurturing space for you to voice any concerns or to explore how the alterations are affecting you and your everyday life.
The thought of opening up about your innermost feelings and fears may seem challenging or even frightening. However, I will never push you to speak about anything you don’t want to talk about and will always work at a pace that suits you. I am guided by your priorities and aim to support you throughout the counselling process.
I can work in a time limited way where we agree a set number of sessions and focus on one particular issue or on an open ended, long term basis which allows for deeper exploration and growth. Both are suitable, depending on your needs, and we can discuss this in our first session together.
Life can sometimes be challenging and this can make you feel that you are unable to cope or that you can’t make sense of what is happening to you or around you. Periods of doubt or stress can be difficult to understand and may leave you feeling confused, depressed, anxious or isolated.
You may be questioning who you are or what you believe.
You may be feeling that life could be different and more fulfilling.
You may have a present day situation that you are finding difficult to understand and deal with.
You may have experienced something in the past which is still causing you discomfort and is affecting your life now.
You may not even be able to voice or understand why you feel that extra support may be helpful...but somehow, you simply know you would like something to change
The reasons for seeking support are many, varied and personal to you and there is no wrong reason for deciding to undertake therapy. If it’s important to you, then it is.
The Next Step
If you would like more information or would like to make an appointment:
Telephone: 07725 692 452
If I am unable to answer your call, please do feel free to leave a message as my voicemail is confidential and password protected.
Email: Click on the "Email Me" button at the top of this page.
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You can find more information on my website.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
I have experience of working with a wide range of issues some of which include anxiety, low self esteem, low self confidence, depression, loss, trauma and relationship difficulties.
I have worked for a number of community organisations including a local branch of the mental health charity MIND where I was Director of Counselling and Support Services. Here I set up and managed a counselling service, facilitated wellbeing groups and introduced an allotment to allow participants to connect with nature.
I’ve also worked in a refuge providing counselling for survivors of physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse and volunteered for the bereavement charity CRUSE, undertaking their Awareness in Bereavement Care course.
More recently, I was project manager and lead counsellor for a local organisation offering support to young people. I have recognised that parents, teachers and carers also require support and have been able to facilitate this within my private practice.
To ensure that my skills and knowledge are maintained and updated, I am committed to ongoing professional and personal development.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Each one hour session is £45.00
I offer a limited number of concessionary rates at either £40 or £35 for those on a restricted income.
Concessions offered for
I have a valid enhanced DBS certificate.
I am a recognised provider for Aviva, VitalityHealth and Aetna Global Benefits.
I am able to work with organisations to offer support to their employees.
At present, I am only able to offer in-person sessions at my room in Street. However, I am able to offer online or telephone counselling for those unable to travel to Street.