Heather Robbie, MBACP (Accredited)
I am a Counsellor/Therapist working with adults, older people, couples and groups in Saffron Walden. I am an Accredited and Registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, a Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) Practitioner, a Groupwork Practitioner member of the Institute of Group Analysis and am also registered with BUPA as an authorised therapist. I am also a Supervisor of qualified and trainee counsellors, both individual and groups.
How can counselling help?
As a counsellor, I offer my clients a confidential, professional, reliable and ethically sound service so they can be assured that they have a safe place to talk. I can provide counselling on a short or long term basis. I work individually, with couples and other relationships as well as groups. I have significant experience including working with anxiety, bereavement and loss, depression, low self-confidence or self-esteem, relationship problems and work-related stress.
Making a decision to come for counselling is the first step on a journey to discovering and understanding more about yourself, your past and present relationships and your place in the world, and I can help you:
- through unexpected life events, periods of change or loss
- to explore, understand and learn to manage overwhelming emotions
- identify and work through old patterns of behaviour that no longer work or cause anxiety
- to develop a great sense of self-confidence and/or more fulfilling relationships.
How Does counselling work?
We will identify and agree your goals from counselling, and work at your own pace, providing time and space to talk openly about issues, explore feelings and thoughts as individuals and in relationships with others and consider how past experiences and current behaviour may be connected. In other words, to understand what might drive you to do what you do and feel what you feel and why. Gaining such insight and understanding can be key in finding a way to a calmer and more fulfilled sense of self and achieving goals from counselling. Of course, your goals from counselling can change over time, and we can work with whatever you bring into our time together.
How long will counselling last?
Each counselling session will be 50 minutes for individuals and 60 minutes for couples.
The duration of counselling depends on what you bring and want to achieve from counselling, but in my experience, you will know when the work of therapy is complete. Clients can attend as few or as many sessions as they wish. Some clients prefer to work with an open-ended contract, whereas some clients want to work with a fixed number of sessions, followed by a review to agree that the work is complete or to continue with further sessions. In all cases, we will regularly review the therapeutic process and progress together. This helps to assess whether the client’s needs are being met and if required to adjust the process and/or establish new goals for the work.
What else can I offer?
As a clinical supervisor, I work either individually with counsellors in training or qualified counsellors providing supervision on a fortnightly or monthly basis; as well as with groups, providing clinical supervision on a monthly basis, or other frequencies as required.
Training, qualifications & experience
- WPF Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
- IGA Diploma in Groupwork Practice
- Advanced Certificate in Clinical Supervision
- Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Trainee counsellors
- Clinical Supervision
My standard fee for individual counselling is £45 per 50 minute session, and for couples £60 per 60 minute session. I can consider a concessionary rate for clients on low income or who are unwaged.
My standard fee for individual clinical supervision is £45 per hour, and £75 for a group of up to 4 supervisees.