Hello, I'm Heather, an experienced, pluralistic Counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Life is a constant challenge, often pushing us to our limits; and non more so than right now in these uncertain times of enforced change and restriction.
What we do know is that our mental health, at some point, WILL be affected. This could be in the form of anxiety or anticipatory grief..............
- How are we going to manage?,
- Can we manage?
- Health for self and loved ones.
- Security or lack of security of employment?
- Loss of income, jobs, routines we once relied on and needed.
Anticipatory grief -
It is a time of HUGE adjustment and re-adjustment. Control of a large part of our lives has been taken away from us, and without our consent; naturally that leaves us feeling angry from the injustices and unfairness.
Trying to 'Man/ Woman up' or 'pulling ourselves together' is not a helpful ethos to live by and it is OK to reach out for help.
That help is right here with me, at the end of a telephone or on video screen; a private, confidential space, where you will have my undivided attention to listen to you, as you share and talk through your fears and concerns.
Whilst I don't have a 'magic wand for an instant fix', the counselling process of us working together will start to make sense and bring meaning to what is and has been happening for you. New awareness brings choice and empowerment to make change for the better.
I have a decades worth of experiences in the counselling profession with various issues including difficulties with mental health (such as anxieties and depression), Trauma, which also includes offering the Rewind Technique (Registered Practitioner IARRT) and Eating Disorders. All these have 'touched' me personally.
As a late diagnosed autistic female I am able to offer first hand experience working in this area. I am passionate and an advocate for providing the right environment and conditions for all neuro-divergent clients (ASD, ADHD).
Whilst 'suffering' is part of being human, that doesn't mean it has to remain endless.
If you would like to know more of how I can be of help to you or would like to book an initial session (half price) please telephone, email or text to take the next step.
It is important for you, to find the right person to talk to /work with; someone with whom you feel comfortable, (although you might feel a bit nervous when we first meet), as an important part of counselling being successful is the therapeutic relationship formed between us.
As an pluralistic counsellor I draw on my 10+ years of counselling experiences and understanding of a number of modalities, which enables me to work in a way that is unique and right for you and your needs. Not a 'one size fits all' approach.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully Qualified Pluralistic Counsellor, and a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists ).
Overview of Training
- Rewind Technique - Registered Practitioner IARRT (Trauma, PTSD, CPTSD)
- Female Autism and Eating Disorders
- Working Creatively in Counselling
- Trauma and Dissociation as a consequence of Childhood Sexual Abuse (PODS)
- Understanding & Working with Eating Disorders (both male and female)
- TA101 (The Horsforth Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy)
- Post Graduate Diploma/MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy (York St John University)
- Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills (York St John University)
- Introduction to Counselling Skills
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
I offer an initial face-to-face session, (half price,) as an opportunity for us both to meet, where you can explore further whether counselling and working with me is something you may wish to proceed with.
Thereafter, I charge from £50.00 per therapeutic hour (full 60 minutes).
Concessions available for self-funding students, individuals in receipt of government financial assistance and non-working individuals of pensionable age.
As a Registered Member of the BACP I am committed to offering a caring, effective and personal service, dedicated to meeting the highest professional and ethical standards, by working in line with the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.