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Heather Mason MBACP(Reg)

Guildford, GU1
07555115439
Guildford, GU1

About me

Welcome to my page, I hope you find the help here that you're looking for.

You might be feeling overwhelmed, anxious, disconnected or empty. Maybe you're having relationship difficulties with a partner or family members, or you're struggling even more than before with trauma from the past, or your depression or suicidal ideation has got worse. Maybe you've had a recent trauma or lost someone. Maybe you're worried about the future, or you're at odds with yourself about a decision to be made.

Seeking counselling help is a very adaptive and strong thing to do, it is an admirable first step, though reaching out in this way is also difficult to do.

I have wide experience of working with a range of emotional issues including bereavement, traumatic grief, anxiety, depression, work related stress, sexual assault, childhood trauma and childhood sexual abuse, symptoms of PTSD, low self-esteem, mental breakdown, relationship breakdown, chronic illness, chronic pain, difficulties with career decisions, infertility and childlessness, neonatal death, chronic childhood illness, eating disorders, specifically bulimia

From personal experience, I am also well placed to work with emotional difficulties of living as an ex-pat; professional and personal issues of artists and creatives; and problems associated with raising children with chronic medical conditions, problems with pregnancy and the postnatal period including neonatal death.

I have extensive training and experience working with childhood trauma survivors, I understand how to work with these issues and the importance of non re-traumatisation. I also specialise in reproductive trauma.

Though I am a qualified counsellor and trained trauma therapist, I have an academic background in psychology and fine art. I work in an integrative way which means I draw on a number of different theoretical backgrounds, but also, and more importantly for you, I do this with solid empathy and no judgement.

About Counselling

I can help you make a start with understanding how you're feeling, help you order those thoughts which keep being interrupted in your mind and never quite form. I can help you get perspective, I can listen without judgement, be kind, be sensitive, be with you when you feel emotional pain and give you the opportunity to talk about this in a trusting, compassionate, confidential therapeutic relationship. I can give you hope that what you are carrying will become more bearable, less all consuming than it is right now, and that we together can find a way to move you forward.

I have extensive training and experience working with childhood trauma survivors, I understand how to work with these issues and the importance of non re-traumatisation. I also specialise in reproductive trauma.

Counselling can help with our mental health and emotional resilience in so many ways: increasing our self-esteem; raising our awareness of our boundaries; understanding our emotions; helping us cope with change; making decision-making easier; helping us identify and reach our life goals, helping us cope with work related stress and understanding unhelpful behaviours.

Online counselling

As of June 2020, I have been working with Zoom for my sessions with clients throughout lockdown with reassuring success. I was ambivalent and hesitant about the move to online working as lockdown began, but I am now excited about this new way of working as it is not so different from working face to face and there are actually many advantages.

If you are familiar with online work on Zoom or Skype or Microsoft Teams then you may be more comfortable working in this way to do your therapy. I want to reassure you that whether you have experience connecting to others in this way or not, the therapy can be and often is, just as effective as face to face. It is necessary though that you have a private and confidential space to do Zoom sessions wherever you are, and you have a relatively stable internet connection. You can use your phone to connect if you have the Zoom app downloaded.

​The alternative is working by telephone, which is sometimes the only way available. This I am also very willing to do.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Bsc (Soc Sci) Hons Psychology (University of Southampton)
  • Level 5 Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
  • Certificate in Trauma Therapy (Wealden College)
  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy (Hampshire School of Hypnotherapy)
  • Level 1 Person Centred Arts Therapy including skills with Dinah Brown
  • Level 1 Process Experiential Psychotherapy (Emotion Focused Therapy) with Robert Elliot

I have experience of professional training and development in various modalities including Outdoor Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (8 week), Gestalt therapy, Transactional Analysis (TA101), couples therapy, focusing therapy, suicide prevention, eating disorders, expressive arts therapy.. In addition, I have experience of working as a staff counsellor in the health service and until recently worked as a counsellor at RASASC in Guildford.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am particularly interested in helping women (and men) work with any issues or emotional difficulties which have come up at the time of the birth of a child, especially, but not limited to the birth and the time after in hospital or in the first weeks at home. Even relatively straight forward births can be overwhelming and I am very happy to help people process what has happened. Equally, I am happy to help work with more traumatic births.

Fees

During the Covid-19 pandemic I am working remotely via video call or by telephone only. This will be reviewed over time as the situation develops.

Online via Zoom: £40

Telephone: £40

Face to face: £55 (Guildford)

Walk and Talk: £50

Sessions last up to 55 minutes, though can be extended in time, by prior arrangement up to 1 hour 30 minutes. Fees increase proportionally.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

If you would like to know more, email by preference, as the signal for my phone is patchy, and we can arrange an introductory first session, with no obligation to continue, where you can decide if you would like to proceed with more sessions.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

Online video call available weekdays afternoon and early evening. I work two evenings a week after 9pm, please contact me to find out more.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Heather Mason MBACP(Reg)

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