Honey Summers MBACP (Accred)
About me and how I work:
I have over 15 years experience of working with adults, young people and couples.
Individual Clients: I offer a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship in which you can open up about what is bothering you, and feel understood and accepted without fear of judgement. My way of working puts you at the centre of a conversation between us which will give you the time and space to think about what is wrong for you, and work out what needs to change. I will listen to what you say, and respond to you with compassion and respect. If you are interested in the different models of counselling, then it might be important for you to know that my initial training was in Person Centred Counselling. Over the years, I have completed a number of courses and workshops in other approaches, and so I now describe my way of working as Integrative, or Person Centred in the wider sense. This means I don't give you answers, but rather I support you to find your own answers, and to see yourself, your problems and your strengths in new ways.
I also work with couples. If you are looking for relationship counselling, it is probably because you have reached a point where you feel you can't carry on as you are with your partner. I offer opposite-sex and same-sex couples non-judgemental support to talk more openly and calmly about issues between you. I won't direct you to stay together at all costs; instead, I will listen respectfully to you both, and help you to express your needs, fears, hopes and expectations to your partner, and also encourage you to listen to them more openly. We will work together to increase your understanding of yourself, your partner and your relationship, so that you can move on stronger in your relationship, or decide to part on better terms.
I feel lucky to have a job I love. I am interested in people, and am constantly surprised by the strength, creativity, endurance and kindness I see in my clients, even in the midst of painful experiences. Although people mainly seek counselling when things are difficult, I see therapy and counselling as a place for people to uncover and connect with the best of themselves, and to feel supported in accepting things about themselves and the world that they cannot change.
What to do next:
Call, text or email me to ask any questions and book an initial consultation to discuss your needs. You can then decide to continue with counselling on a weekly or fortnightly basis for a fixed number of sessions, or to choose open ended working, which would allow you to end counselling when you feel ready, or when the issues you came with have been addressed.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 15 years’ experience of working with individual adults and young people, as well as couples.
I have worked and trained with Streetwise, RELATE, NHS Primary Care services, North East Council on Addictions, Sunderland Counselling Service and Northumbria University, as well as in private practice.
I have listed my main practioner qualifications below. In addition to these, I have completed a variety of shorter courses and workshops including CBT, Group Psycho-analysis, Creative and Projective techniques, EMDR, working with survivors of sexual abuse and violence, Safeguarding and Risk Management.
- Diploma in Person Centred Counselling 2006
- BACP Counsellor Accreditation 2009
- Certificate in Creative Supervision 2010
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial Consultation - £30
Individual Counselling - £50 per hour session
Couples Counselling - £50 per hour session