Heather Coombe Accredited MBACP, Dip Couns.
While you may have already spoken to a friend or family member, the process of being listened to by a trained counsellor, who is separate from the rest of your life, will feel very different. I am like your mobile mirror, offering insights and reflections from different perspectives, rather than opinions and solutions. My priority is to create an atmosphere with you, where you feel respected and safe to explore your thoughts and feelings without any pressure or judgement.
Everyone is different and my integrative training allows me to draw from various therapeutic styles to best suit your individual needs. Together, we will work at your pace and explore whatever you bring to therapy and look at how past events may have shaped current patterns of behaviour. When you have gained a better understanding of yourself you will be in a stronger position to choose what you want for your future.
I have experience in most areas of counselling and have listed some of these below. I also have specialist training in eating disorders and couples counselling. (Please scroll down down for more detailed information)
Bereavement - I have trained and volunteer as a bereavement worker for my local hospice. This has given me a deeper understanding of the complexity of feelings that arise when someone dies. Grief can manifest itself in unexpected and frightening ways. You may feel overwhelming sadness, rage or perhaps surprise yourself by being overcome by a numbness and void of feeling. There is no 'right' way to grieve. Talking about your loss will help to process the unbearable feelings, whatever they may be.
Bereavement isn't always related to a death. Losses oocur in many aspects of life and may also include the loss of your health, a job or a breakdown in a relationship.
Depression -Symptoms might include; losing one's enjoyment in life, insomnia, lethargy, high anxiety, overwhelming sadness, numbness, feeling 'outside' of oneself and removed from feeling. Talking to a counsellor can help you work out the problems that you face and feel understood and supported.
Panic Attacks - A debilitating and frightening condition in which you feel something terrible is about to happen. The fear may be preventing you from making the most of your life. Counselling can help to learn techniques to reduce the panic and learn what may be causing it.
Relationship Breakdown - Whether you are having a relational difficulty at home, work, or with a friend, it can be acutely stressful and hard to find a solution. It may be that you're stuck in a negative pattern of relating, or confused by why the nature of the relationship has changed. Counselling will give you the space to explore what's happening in the relationship and to gain a better understanding of what you need for yourself going forward.
Stress/Anxiety - there are often times in our lives when we feel sad and overwhelmed by things. However, If you're constantly worried for an extended time, then it may be that you are suffering from anxiety, which can be exhausting and debilitating to live with long term. Addressing the underlying causes along side finding coping strategies will benefit your wellbeing and personal health.
Traumas - This would include sexual and emotional abuse, bullying, an accident or a stressful incident at work. It's important to try and make sense of it and become familiar with some coping mechanisms to help with the accompanying difficult feelings.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & Qualifications
- Learning to work with Couples - 2018
- Working with the Shadow - 2017
- Sand tray Therapy - 2017
- Transactional Analysis - 2016
- Master Practitioner of Eating Disorders and Obesity - 2015
- Excellence in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders - 2015
- Essential Obesity - Psychological Approaches - 2015
- Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling, Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC), 2012 - 2014
- Nutritional Interventions for eating disorders - 2014
- Certificate in Bereavement - 2014
- Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling - UKCP and BACP accredited course. 2011 - 2012 (BCPC)
- BA (Hons) in Sociology - 1985
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Choosing a partner and staying together through life's ups and downs is rarely simple. The nature of life is that it is constantly changing: having a baby, moving house, changes at work, bereavements, empty nesting, health issues etc. Any one of these can have an adverse impact on your relationship. You may find yourselves growing apart, struggling with intimacy, trust or betrayal. Infidelity in a relationship can feel catastrophic and traumatic and is often the trigger for seeking help. Very few relationships exist conflict free.
In order to bring about change, something different needs to happen. Counselling can identify patterns of behaviour and show us what is helpful in your relationship and what is not. We'll look at how past relationships will affect how you act and react in your present relationship, as well as how external factors such as family values, lifestyle and culture can influence the partnership.
Working in the sessions with your partner helps you to be heard and to be understood. As your counselling sessions progress and your understanding deepens, you will become more able to decide what you would like the future to hold for both of you. I will work with you to understand why things have gone wrong and how problems can be overcome and how, if possible, relationships can be rebuilt.
Having known both friends and family who have suffered from eating disorders, I am passionate about my work in this field. I trained in London at the National Centre for Eating disorders, which was the most comprehensive programme that I found in the UK. Subsequently, a large proportion of my practice is working with eating disorders.
Eating disorders can take control of your life, leaving no space for you. It may feel as though you've lost yourself and in your place, there are feelings of worthlessness, guilt, shame, and sometimes, self-loathing. Add to this poor body image and a punitive self-critical voice. It cancast a dark shadow over your life. We’ll work together collaboratively to change the way you feel about yourself. It's hard to recover until you believe that you're worth it, and therein lies the heart of the therapy. Through counselling, clients find their way to reengage in living their life free from the imprisoning constraints, listed above, that come with an eating disorder.
My work is two fold; practical interventions, including nutritional guidance, combined with core counselling. I can help with following eating disorders:-
Binge /Compulisve/Emotional Eating
Carers - Watching a loved one suffer from an eating disorder is extremely stressful and exhausting. It’s hard to know what’s the ‘right’ thing to do and say. I can guide you how best to support your loved one, give you relevant information about the disorder as well as provide emotional support.
If you’d like to know more, I offer a free initial consultation so you can see whether you feel my approach is right for you.
Please feel free to contact me for an informal discussion if you would like to talk more about how counselling could help in your situation.
Counselling Sessions are £45.00 for 50 minutes.
Couples Counselling: £55.00
Concessionary rates are available. Please do ask if you feel that you may be eligible.
It is entirely up to you how long you come for counselling. For some people just a few sessions can help, others choose to stay longer depending on their individual needs.
I work from a comfortable private room, situated at the top of a garden path. It's a peaceful setting with views over the local valley.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day time and evening appointments available
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|