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Heidi Ellis MBACP, MNCS Accred, BSc (Hons)

Guildford GU1 & GU2
07549 668727 07549 668727 Registered / Accredited

About me

'The first step to making change is deciding that you no longer want to be where you are.'

Coming for counselling can feel like a big step, especially if it is for the first time, but it is a positive one. My aim is to work alongside you in a confidential, safe and non-judgemental way, helping you to gain a better understanding of yourself, and exploring with you, the ways in which you may want to make changes to your life.

People are drawn to counselling for many different reasons. Life can often be challenging, and can leave you feeling alone and not knowing where you can go to be heard, understood or supported. This in turn can leave you feeling anxious, stressed, down, uncertain, afraid or unable to do what you want to do, and be who you want to be. Counselling and psychotherapy can help support you through these difficult times and changes in your life, for example through bereavement, loss of a relationship or health, family problems, stress, anxiety or depression.


It is easy to lose sight of what is important to you, or be struck by an unexpected event that can leave you feeling anxious, unhappy, stressed, down or stuck. Coming to counselling is a way of exploring and working through the issues that you are facing, enabling you to develop a deeper self-awareness and ability to make sense of your life. You are the expert of your life, no one else, and by listening to you, and working alongside you, I can start to understand how you are feeling by offering you a confidential, non-judgemental and empathic space where you can feel safe to explore what you are thinking and feeling.


I am professionally trained and work as an integrative psychotherapist, which means that I put your needs first and foremost, whilst being able to draw on a number of different approaches, so that the counselling approach is tailored for you. In this sense my approach is person-centred, with the heart of my work being the therapeutic relationship, in order to enable positive changes and development.


This relationship can allow you to explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences in a way that you may not have been able to before and may help you to start to understand why you have been feeling the way you do. To become more self-accepting, and make changes in order to move forward.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Awareness in Bereavement Care Foundation Course
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology

I attend regular continued professional development training courses to develop my experience and practice.

Accredited registrant of the National Counselling Society (MNCS Accred).

Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I abide by the BACP ethical framework and requirements for continuing professional development and supervision.

As well as being in private practice, I am an associate with NTAPS working with clients who have experienced trauma, using short term trauma focused CBT.

I am also a volunteer counsellor with the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC).

I also worked for Cruse as a bereavement volunteer, where I worked with adults on both a one to one basis and facilitated group work, and volunteered with the NHS Surrey & Borders Partnership Youth Counselling Service, part of Mindsight Surrey CAMHS, which offers short term counselling to 12-24 year olds.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

  • Free initial telephone consultation
  • Subsequent sessions are £50 for 50 minutes

Further information

Evening and weekend appointments are available as well as weekdays.

Two locations are available for your convenience. Brighter Spaces in Guildford Town Centre and The Eaves on the outskirts of Guildford with free parking.

Brighter Spaces
54 Quarry Street
Guildford
Surrey
GU1 3AU

The Eaves
Parklands
Railton Road
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 9JX

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages English

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

Evening and weekend appointments are available as well as weekdays.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Heidi Ellis MBACP, MNCS Accred, BSc (Hons)

Heidi Ellis MBACP, MNCS Accred, BSc (Hons)