Heather Reed BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP
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 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 ways of working).
There is no one therapy that suits everybody, so my approach is tailored to suit your needs. It is flexible and client centred incorporating a range of methods to build on your strengths and achieve your goals. I am experienced in providing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), a style that is particularly beneficial in treating anxiety, depression and anger related issues with extensive research evidence to highlight its effectiveness.
The key to a successful therapeutic outcome is a genuine, warm and respectful relationship between client and therapist. By working together to explore what your challenges are and make sense of your situation, we can 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 me 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 to explore your reasons for seeking support, your goals and expectations plus the timing and frequency of appointments that suit you.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£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.