Heather Mason MBPsS MBACP(Reg)
43 Downing Street
Worthing Natural Balance & Wellbeing
70 Salvington Road
I am a qualified counsellor and trained trauma therapist and have an academic background in psychology and fine art. I am both highly empathic and well versed in theory and research.
My approach to psychotherapeutic counselling is integrative with a relational bias; this means in practice, that I draw on a number of different theoretical backgrounds, but endeavour also to develop a collaborative, good quality, therapeutic relationship with my clients which is safe and confidential, enhanced by consistent listening, acceptance and compassion.
I also offer hypnotherapy for a limited range of problems: smoking cessation, phobias, weight management and pain management
Emotional discomfort can take many forms, sometimes it maybe an obvious way, for instance a bereavement or relationship breakdown, other times the source may be less obvious, we may feel a gnawing sense of dissatisfaction with our lives, or we find it just too difficult to cope with what we've got on our plate. As we all individuals, there is no one set of criteria for seeking the help of a counsellor and when we do, we are never weak for doing so, in fact, it's the healthy thing to do. Counselling can help with our mental health and emotional resilience in so many ways, including: 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.
I have a wide variety of experience working with a range of emotional issues including: bereavement, traumatic grief, anxiety, depression, work related stress, sexual assault, childhood trauma and abuse, symptoms of PTSD, low self-esteem, mental breakdown, relationship breakdown, chronic illness, chronic pain, difficulties with career decisions, infertility and childlessness, neonatal death and chronic childhood illness.
From personal experience I am well placed to work with the problems of living as an ex-pat, professional and personal issues of artists and creatives, and problems associated with raising children with chronic medical conditions.
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)
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, outdoor therapy, suicide prevention. In addition, I have experience of working as a staff counsellor in the health service and currently work as a counsellor at RASASC in Guildford.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have an enormous interest in working with clients outdoors and have undertaken specialised training in this method in Derbyshire with Hayley Marshall, a pioneer in this type of therapy. I now offer walking therapy and have a number of suitable places I work from, where I can meet clients for an hour to walk and talk and use natural environment and the landscape to help resolve emotional issues. If you would like to know more, please email me. Please note that I always make the first assessment session indoors, as working outdoors does not suit everyone.
Counselling session (50 minutes) Worthing £40
Counselling session (50 minutes) Farnham Eaves Practice: £45 Wednesday morning
Availability at Farnham, Godalming and Guildford Eaves Practice branches, by arrangement through the week: £50
Hypnotherapy (up to 80 minutes) £75
If you would like to know more, email or phone 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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client