Heather Reed BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP
7 Bishops Court
I am a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist trained to degree level and currently studying for a Masters Degree. My approach values the unique experiences of each individual and my aim is to provide a safe, confidential space to explore the challenges affecting you. These may be expected or unexpected events, a gradual build -up of life stressors or unresolved situations from the past. At these points it’s easy to feel alone and overwhelmed with no visible resolution or clear pathway going forward. Expressing our thoughts and emotions to a close family member or friend doesn't always feel comfortable and sometimes these people are the source of our distress. It is at these times we may seek support elsewhere and explore counselling as an option.
I acknowledge this is not always an easy choice, embarking on therapy can be daunting, but it can also be rewarding and empowering. It takes courage to explore the issues affecting your life, but it can help you to make sense of your situation and find new ways of looking at and experiencing problematic emotions and thoughts. I offer an environment where there is no judgement and no right or wrong way of coping. A space where you can feel heard and accepted, where we can work collaboratively to explore and improve your general wellbeing.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Degree Counselling
Foundation Degree Counselling (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)
Level 2 and 3 Counselling Skills
Mindfulness for Clinical Practice
Cruse Trained Bereavement Counsellor
Counselling Survivors of Rape and Sexual Abuse
Domestic Abuse Awareness Training
I have experience of working for the voluntary and statutory sector providing one-to one therapy to adults of all ages. Alongside my private practice I continue to work for a charity and I have experience of offering therapy to men and women with a range of issues including but not limited to: anxiety and panic, stress, depression, anger, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, loss, bereavement, childhood abuse, domestic abuse and sexual violence. (Please see my website for more information about ways of working).
I am an experienced Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT), an approach that is recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence and predominantly used in the NHS. This style of therapy can be particularly beneficial in treating depression, anger and anxiety related issues with extensive research evidence to highlight its effectiveness. However, in my experience there is no one therapy that suits everybody so my approach is flexible and client centred incorporating a range of methods and skills to suit your needs and goals.
I believe that the key to a successful therapeutic outcome is a genuine, warm and respectful relationship between client and therapist. I prefer to work collaboratively, to explore what your challenges are, to make sense of your situation before we jointly find a way forward. I work at your pace offering both short and long- term therapy with regular reviews to ensure your expectations are being met.
Taking the first step can be difficult and you may be uncertain about what to expect. You can call, text or email to make an inquiry or talk through any concerns you might have. If you make the decision to embark on therapy with me, our first session is a process of information gathering exploring your reasons for seeking support, your goals and expectations plus the timing and frequency of appointments that suit you.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
£45.00 per 50 minute session
Daytime, evening and weekend appointments available
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Registration number 375136) and I work in accordance with their Ethical Framework (2018), including regular supervision and continuing professional development.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Counselling rooms are on the first floor accessed via a stair case
Sessions available on weekdays, evenings and weekends
Types of client