Ingrid C Schultz, REG.MBACP(Accred) Counsellor & Couple Counsellor
I am a BACP registered and accredited senior counsellor & psychotherapist with more than 25 years of clinical experience. I work with individuals and couples and support parents of children with mental health problems. I am also a qualified supervisor.
In 2019 I completed a post qualifying course in couple therapy with Tavistock Relationships. This thorough training enabled me to develop a more in-depth understanding of the dynamics within couples and how to support couples more effectively.
Prior to becoming a counsellor, I was a social worker within mental health.
For more than 12 years I worked as a GP counsellor within the NHS. I have worked for a number of counselling agencies and ongoing in private practice.
My specialism is in short-term counselling (please look on my website for further information), but I also offer other counselling contracts.
The initial appointment with a new client or a new couple is used as a counselling assessment. This is an in-depth exploration about why the individual or couple is coming now, what they are looking & hoping for from counselling, their present situation and their past history.
Seeking counselling is a brave step, especially if you have no previous experience. But it can be a huge relief to be with a professional person in a confidential space where only you matter.
A qualified and experienced counsellor is trained to listen and sensitively explore personal difficulties, especially when the underlying cause may be emotional. Emotional difficulties can impact on everyday life enormously. These may be experienced mentally, physically or on a feeling level.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in social work & social pedagogy, specialism: mental health (1981)
- Member of BACP (British Association of Counselling) since 1991 Membership no: 00520527
- Diploma in psychodynamic counselling (WPF Counselling, London 1995)
- Specialist training in: Counselling Assessment, Brief dynamic therapy, Working with couples
- Certificate in Supervision, (WPF Counselling, 2006)
- Accredited by BACP 1998-2009. Accreditation status re-instated after a career break.
- Training course in couple therapy, Glos Counselling Service Stroud,(Feb-May 2018)
- Certificate in the study of the Couple Relationships, Tavistock Relationships, (Feb-Oct. 2019)
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am very interested in the relationship between mind and body and how sometimes deep emotional trauma finds expression through physical symptoms and physical conditions, which is not to say that I believe that all illnesses are psychosomatic. However, I offer counselling for chronic and long-term health conditions.
I have gained considerable experience working with clients who experienced trauma or loss at an early age, when they had no memory or language. Such experiences are often very difficult to access, but impact deeply on the person's life in the here and now and their past history.
My fee is £48 for a 60 minutes session for individuals.
I charge £65 for an assessment session for couples (90 mins), but £55 for ongoing hourly appointments.
Concessions offered for
I adhere and I am strongly committed to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice (2018).
I receive regular supervision, I meet with other counsellors and I am committed to ongoing professional development.
My consulting room is on the Bath side of Frome.
From time to time I offer workshops called 'Don't worry-be happy', an introduction to mental well-being and mindfulness, where participants will learn more about anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and health related issues. Participants will also be introduced to basic principles of mindfulness and do some practice in this.