Heather Towers (MBACP Accred)
I am a fully qualified BACP accredited counsellor and Eating Disorder Practitioner endorsed by the National Centre for Eating Disorders. I offer a supportive environment for you to explore life’s difficulties and challenges ethically, safely and without judgement.
My belief is that no matter what age we are, we all have the potential for growth and change and it is a continuous process. Through counselling we can gain the ability to tap into this potential and discover parts of ourselves that we have not yet recognised and make the necessary changes to fulfill our current needs.
As a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor, I use three main theories and adapt my style to match your own individual needs - each person is unique and what suits one, may not suit you - in the first instance, it is my role to find out what works for you and then to support you through the process, making any necessary changes as we go along.
Counselling is proven to help with depression and anxiety as well as those life struggles that occur as we move from day to day, month to month and year to year.
A particular area of interest for me as a practitioner is eating disorders and obesity and I am consistently enhancing my knowledge in order to work efficiently and safely with this client group.
Training, qualifications & experience
I currently work in private practice and hold CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Studies and an Advanced Specialist Diploma in Clinical Supervision. In addition, I have a Master Practitioner Diploma in Eating Disorders and Obesity and incorporate this into my practice where requested.
Since qualifying, I have attended various CPD events and courses. From these short courses, I have adopted various interventions which I may use from time to time if I feel they would help and with my clients' permission. I have developed my knowledge of risk management through experience and some of the courses listed below: -
Awareness in Bereavement Care
Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse including Inner Child Therapy
Safeguarding Young People
Pre Trial Therapy
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills
Master Practitioner training with the National Centre for Eating Disorders including modules in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders, Nutrition Interventions for Eating Disorders and Obesity.
I have experience of working part time as a CPCAB tutor facilitating courses for those wanting to undertake training as a counsellor.
I hold the status of accreditation with the BACP have a level 6 Diploma in Clinical Supervision.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am trained by the National Centre for Eating Disorders and hold their Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders Diploma
£40 per session with a discount of £5 per session for a block booking of four (£140).
Counselling students £30 per session with proof of level of course.
£50 per session for EAP work.
Supervision £55 per 1.5 hour session (£40 for students)
Eating Disorder work - £45 per hourly session
Concessions offered for
I am available 5 days per week (including Saturday mornings) and mutually convenient appointments can be discussed subject to current client caseload.
During my time as a counsellor I have worked with many difficulties including bereavement, miscarriage, childhood sexual abuse, domestic abuse, eating disorders, relationship issues (individuals only), drug and alcohol issues, childhood physical and emotional abuse, depression and anxiety. Not to mention the difficulties that arise in everyday living ie. debt, redundancy, parental difficulties, bullying, work related issues.
A particular area of interest for me as a practitioner is eating disorders and obesity and this has now become my specialism.