Heather Meek MBACP (Registered)
Hello, I'm Heather, welcome to my profile. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work according to its Ethical Framework. I hold the relevant insurance required to work as a private counsellor.
Thinking of having counselling?
There are times in our life when it helps to reach out and discuss the things that are troubling us with an 'unconnected, other person': we might be feeling anxious or sad, or struggling with relationship or work issues; we might not like ourselves very much or constantly criticize the way we look. These things can keep going round and round in our heads whilst we struggle to understand them, and get nop further with them.
Talking to a qualified counsellor can enable us to open up more and work through things, make sense of them, realise that we do have choice(s), which can help us to grow and change, and hopefully become happier within ourselves.
Finding the right counsellor
I believe it is important for you the client to find the right person for you: someone you feel comfortable working with, (although you might feel a bit nervous when we first meet), as the most important part of counselling is the relationship between counsellor and client.
Previous clients have commented how relaxed and supported they feel working with me, which allowed a conducive environment for them to explore their feelings and worries further without feeling criticized, judged or rejected.
What sort of issues might these be? They could be things like depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, problem relationships with food, shame, abuse, work problems, bereavement and many others.
I recognise that everyone is their own unique person, with their own unique experiences of living and viewing the world, hence I never work to a "one size fits all". Embarking on counselling with me will give you time and a confidential space to talk through these concerns/worries/issues, confident in the knowledge that you will be truly listened to and heard, as I endeavour to understand what 'life is like being in your shoes' .
I have been told by my clients that I am warm, empathic and down-to-earth with a good sense of humour. I am not afraid to challenge people if I think that is what they need but most of all I want my clients to feel that I "get" them. Being truly heard and feeling understood can be the most transformative aspects of counselling.
How long with it take?
The amount of time spent working together will vary from person to person and the work they bring to counselling. Some people benefit from longer-term counselling whilst others find a few sessions is sufficient for them. Work is open-ended rather than signing up for a particular number of sessions. However, we will review progress on a regular basis to ensure counselling is helping you and that you are achieving what you want from our work together. If you don't feel you're benefitting or I feel the work is not helping then we can discuss this together. It is always your decision if you decide to stop having counselling.
Want to know more?
Give me a ring (or drop me an email) and we can have a chat to see if I might be the right counsellor for you. It can be hard to work this out without meeting, so I offer a half-price first session.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully Qualified Integrative Humanistic Counsellor, and a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists ).
Overview of Training
- Introduction to Counselling Skills
- Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills (York St John University)
- Post Graduate Diploma/MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy (York St John University)
- TA101 (The Horsforth Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy)
- Understanding Eating Disorders (both male and female)
- Trauma and Dissociation (PODS)
- Working Creatively
- Ongoing annual CPD
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I offer either a telephone or face-to-face initial session, of approximately 30 minutes, free of charge, where you can explore whether counselling and working with me is something you may wish to proceed with.
I offer full 60 minute hour sessions of counselling at a cost of £40 per therapeutic hour.
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 Code of Practice.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Types of client