A safe place for you to talk with a qualified, compassionate and experienced Counsellor
My name is Holly and I run Magpie Counselling. I specialise in working with depression, anxiety and Autism/Asperger's, both one-to-one and with couples.Take a look at my videos to meet me and explore some of the reasons people contact me for therapy and what happens in a free assessment session.
I offer you a safe place to talk about what is concerning you. You can talk about what you think, feel and what you would like to change. You will be treated with respect and compassion, and allowed to talk about things in your own time. As a qualified Humanistic Therapist my work is grounded in a philosophy of empathy, acceptance and faith in your ability to change and grow towards your full potential. You don't have to do this alone; I will walk with you every step of the way.
What I offer:
- Free assessment session
- Weekly sessions
- Long or short term work
- One-to-one or Couples
- Face to face
I offer a free assessment so we can meet each other and discuss your needs. I am happy for you to ask questions, and will have some of my own to help us figure out if we can work together. You do not have to decide during our first meeting if you want to work with me. I am happy to provide you with any information you need and you can make a decision in your own time.
What you can expect of me
I hold on to the following beliefs when working with people:
How we might work together
Our sessions are led by you. I work in a variety of ways with clients depending on what they need and want. I will help you figure this out, if you aren't sure. Some clients choose to use their sessions to talk and explore their feelings, thoughts and relationships. Talking is a very human way of approaching problems, and can be very helpful. Sometimes, we can't find the words, or the words we can find aren't satisfying. For this reason, I also value working creatively with painting, drawing, sand trays and writing. Some clients choose to do this, and some prefer other ways of working. I believe we are all creative individuals adapting and surviving as best we can, and using our creativity in therapy is a very human and gentle way to approach painful, confusing or conflicting issues. Working creatively is not about producing great works of art or masterpieces; it is about using your creativity to access parts of yourself that maybe words alone can't quite reach.
I find some frameworks such as Transactional Analysis, or TA, helpful. TA looks at how we interact with others based on unconscious rules, roles or stories we have formed about ourselves and others. Whilst these 'scripts' might have been really helpful to us as children, as adults we can repeat unhelpful patterns that lead to poor relationships, anxiety and a feeling of helplessness. If you often find yourself in familiar situations with familiar 'types' of people, feel like you are reacting rather than choosing your actions or are confused about some of the choices you are making, TA might be a useful framework to work with.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Humanistic Therapist, with a BA in Humanistic Counselling. I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor, which means I have met their higher standard as a competent, experienced, ethical and independent practitioner. I am currently undertaking a MSc in Autism and related Neurodevelopmental issues, such as ADHD. I have particular experience in working with stress, anxiety, depression and Asperger's, but I work with people on many issues, including:
- Asperger's, whether diagnosed, considering diagnosis or have ASD in your life in some other way, such as children, parents or a partner
- Bereavement, including friends, colleagues, family members, pets and partners
- Abuse, current or past abuse, physical, emotional, sexual, neglect or bullying
- Stress at work, school, home or financial; stress can be caused by many things
- Unhappiness or dissatisfaction with life, including boredom or numbness
- Life stages, such as becoming an adult, getting married, having children, losing your parents
- Couples, family and relationship problems
- Sexual problems
- Self-esteem and assertiveness
- Violent behavior
- Dealing with an illness or physical change such as cancer, loss of limb, burns, menopause
- Feeling 'out of place', lost or not having a purpose
- Phobias and fears
- BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling, University of Chichester, June 2014
- Diploma in Neuro-linguistic Programming,Turning Point Consultancy, September 2012
- Diploma Humanistic Counselling,University of Chichester, May 2012
- Certificate in Counselling Skills, University of Chichester, May 2010
- BA (Hons) Philosophy, University of Wales, June 2002
I am an Accredited Member of the BACP. My registration number is 092201 and my BACP Membership number is 733686. I am fully insured and adhere to the BACP's Ethical Framework. As a professional counsellor, I ensure my skills, knowledge and personal effectiveness is kept up to date by regularly attending courses to support my Continuing Professional Development (CPD). I am in regular Supervision, which means I discuss my professional work with a BACP Accredited Supervisor in order to maintain the highest level of care for my clients. Clients are referred to anonymously, and Supervision is strictly confidential.
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
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
Concessions offered for
Session length and timings
Unless otherwise agreed, sessions last for 50 minutes and are weekly. I offer evening and daytime sessions.
Our first meeting is free, and is a chance for us to discuss your goals for counselling, ask questions and see if we can work together.
For one-to-one work, I charge a fee of £45 per 50 minute session. For couples counselling I charge £75 per 50 minute session. I reserve a certain number of concessionary sessions for low-income clients and students at a reduced fee of £30 per one-to-one session. Please contact me if you need to access this reduced rate to check for availability.
Payment is at the end of each session by cash or cheque. Payment can also be made online in advance - please ask for more details when we meet.
Day time and evening Sessions available