About me

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

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, afraid or unable to do what you want to do, and be who you want to be. Counselling can help support you through these difficult times and changes in your life, for example through bereavement, loss of a relationship, trauma, abuse, anxiety, relationship problems, stress or depression.

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, working alongside you and offering you a confidential, non-judgemental and empathic space, this can help you to feel safe to explore what you are thinking, feeling and experiencing. This therapeutic relationship can allow you to explore your life in a way that you may not have been able to before and may help you with understanding why you have been feeling the way you do and to make changes in order to move forward.

I am professionally trained and work as an integrative psychotherapist, which means that I am able to draw on a number of different approaches, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), person centred, humanistic and behavioural, so that the counselling approach is tailored for you.

I work face to face and I am also a qualified online and telephone counsellor.

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling
Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP)
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. I have specialist training and experience in providing support for anxiety, trauma, abuse and bereavement.

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.

Member of the association for counselling and therapy online (ACTO).

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

I am also a volunteer counsellor with the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC), as well as working with clients referred to me by RASASC in my private practice.

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 as a counsellor with the NHS Surrey & Borders Partnership Youth Counselling Service, part of Mindsight Surrey CAMHS which offers short term counselling to 12 to 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.

ACTO

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

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

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

  • Free initial telephone consultation
  • Subsequent sessions are £60 

Availability

Evening and weekend appointments are available as well as weekdays.

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

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Additional languages

English

Heidi Ellis

Heidi Ellis