Heidi Watling (MBACP) Online & Telephone support
**I am still able to offer remote support during this uncertain time - please feel free to contact me to discuss how this may work.**
I am a fully qualified Psychodynamic counsellor and a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I understand that sometimes in the midst of an emotionally painful or overwhelming time when life feels fraught it can be difficult to know how to connect with the counselling process and to know which counsellor is right for you.
I am able to offer a fully professional service:
- A confidential and non-judgemental space.
- A comfortable and safe environment.
- Empathy and a listening ear.
- Reasonable fees.
- Open-ended counselling.
I have experience of working with a wide variety of needs in the counselling setting for example loss, which comes in many different forms such as bereavement, divorce, separation and broken relationships. Other areas include abuse, trauma, identity and problems with low self-esteem. I also have a breadth of understanding in relation to depression and anxiety and can empathise with many painful thoughts and feelings that you may be finding unbearable.
If you're at a place in your life where you are struggling to cope and make sense of your circumstances then perhaps it's time for you to access counselling. This can enable you to process difficult and sometimes intolerable thoughts and feelings in a safe space; just changing your patterns of thinking can help. The psychodynamic counselling relationship can help you to explore some of these patterns as well as your life story and the impact of them both on your current situation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have completed a five year training, accredited by the BACP and have the following qualifications:
- Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling
- Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
- Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
I practice in accordance with the BACP's ethical framework and have my own private practice in Luton following many years of experience working within a charitable organisation.
Before training as a qualified counsellor, I travelled extensively and had a career path that I now see has proved beneficial in giving me a wealth of experiences, bringing me into contact with a diversity of people from different backgrounds, culture, age groups and faiths.
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
Sessions are weekly and last 50 minutes:
Initial appointment session: £17.50
Ongoing weekly session: £35
The initial appointment is an opportunity for you to talk about what's troubling you and to think about what you might like to gain from your counselling, giving you the space to ask any questions and to see if I am the right counsellor for you. Attending this initial assessment does not mean that you are obliged to continue onto counselling sessions.
I offer a small number of concessionary rates for those who would otherwise be unable to attend counselling, this can be discussed at the initial appointment.