Heidi Luxford Registered MBACP, Counselling for Adults and Young People
Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light. Brene Brown
What is counselling?
People seek counselling for many different reasons. Sometimes they do not know what is wrong, just that something is not right. Inevitably we will all face difficult and challenging times in life when we may feel overwhelmed, and unable to cope. At such times, most people will admit that it is helpful to talk. Unfortunately, when we need to be heard most, we may not feel fully understood by those we talk to. Perhaps those around us, such as friends or family, are too close to be able to really hear what we are trying to say.
This is where counselling can be helpful because it provides a uniquely ‘safe’ space for us to explore feelings at our own pace with someone who is not directly involved, but who is professionally qualified, and who will listen to us and accept us without judging or criticising.
My commitment to you
As a fully qualified and experienced counsellor, I will listen to you and try hard to understand things from your perspective without judgement or criticisism. I believe that no one knows better than you what it is like to live your life, and I believe that you have all the answers you need within you. My role is to accompany you on a journey to bring into awareness what may be troubling you, and to discover together ways to remove obstacles and make changes necessary to face the future more positively.
I will provide a space for you to be yourself. I will accept you as you are without condition, and it is my hope that we can build a trusting therapeutic relationship in which you will have the freedom to express yourself and find your own answers. I truly believe this relationship is at the heart of successful outcomes in therapy, which is why I will always strive to create and build upon trust and mutual respect.
I work with both adults, children and young people, and I am able to deliver a range of therapeutic interventions to suit the individual's needs including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques. I am committed to providing treatment which is safe and supportive, and which offers the opportunity for real and lasting change.
You are not alone - Real and lasting change is possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
Adults: In my private practice I have worked effectively with adults on a variety of issues including General Anxiety Disorder, depression, work related stress and relationship difficulties.
Children & Young people: I have extensive experience of working with children and young people in a variety of settings, including primary and secondary schools, and local youth agencies. I have a special interest in helping young people to feel heard and understood. Many emotional problems later in life stem from unresolved childhood issues so I am passionate about early intervention as being key to a successful outcome, and therefore helping individuals to reach their full potential.
Some of the issues I have worked with are; Anxiety, (general anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic attacks, panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder) depression, low self esteem, parental divorce/separation, exam stress, self-harm, OCD, anger, relationship difficulties, eating disorders and bereavement.
In addition to my private practice work, I am the Mental Health Lead at a secondary school in Buckinghamshire, where I have set up and now manage a counselling service. I have worked for Place2be, a children's mental health charity providing school-based support and therapeutic intervention for primary school aged children.
Families/groupwork: I am qualified to work therapeutically with families or in groups
ABC Level 3 Counselling skills
Level 4 Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Level 5 Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Techniques
Certificate in Working with Families Therapeutically
Safeguarding training 2019
BACP Register Certificate of Proficiency
Specialist training courses completed in:-
- Recognising common mental health difficulties in children and young people Inc. Anxiety and Panic attacks, Post traumatic Stress disorder, Panic disorder and Depression
- Domestic Violence & Young People
- Drugs and Alcohol abuse
- Self harm
- Eating disorders
- Sexual Health
- Working with Metaphor
- Helping children and young people tell their stories
- Children’s and young people's emotional well-being
Memberships of Professional Bodies:-
I am an accredited registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am bound by and adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
I hold full Professional Liability Insurance and a clear enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check.
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
I would be delighted to hear from you to talk more about how counselling could help in your situation. Please feel free to contact me for an informal discussion.
The fee is £50 for each session (50 mins), payable on the day by bank transfer. I am sometimes able to offer concessionary rates, so please ask for details.
I charge half the agreed fee for our first session which is a no-obligation opportunity for us to meet and decide whether we will be able to work together. Parents can accompany their children for part of this meeting if that would be helpful.
I understand that sometimes appointments need to be cancelled or re-arranged. There is no charge if 24 hours' notice is given.
Concessions offered for
In these uncertain times of Covid-19 I am offering online video appointments during the day, evening and at the weekend using a secure, encrypted platform. Please contact me for more information about how this works.
It is entirely up to you how long you come for counselling. For some people just a few sessions can help, others choose to stay longer depending on their individual needs.