Hello, and thank you for choosing to read my profile.
My name is Irene Shooter and I am a Counsellor based in Mansfield Woodhouse.
I am a Person Centred Counsellor integrating Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. I am fully qualified and have a vast range of counselling experience, and I’m also a Clinical Supervisor, offering supervision to other therapists.
I provide an extensive range of counselling for a variety of organisations and individuals, both in the public and private sectors.
As a counsellor I will offer empathy; congruence and respect, whilst helping you identify ways to help you strengthen your ability to cope and move forward with your life in the way you would like to.
There are times in life when we all experience emotional difficulties, and talking to family and friends is not enough. It is at times like this when counselling can be helpful.
From the beginning of counselling, you will be at the centre of your therapy, and we will work together, as you explore your issues, in a safe and confidential environment. I will not advise you or judge you, and I will respect your autonomy, so that you are able to find your own answers; move forward, grow and develop.
Alongside my private practice, I work part time with Nottinghamshire Health Care in both Secondary and Primary Care, delivering (IAPT) Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, counselling adults who are experiencing mental health difficulties. I am committed to help improve the mental health and well-being of the people I work with.
In my previous role I counselled staff and students at a local college.
I have also previously counselled both male and female adult clients, one-to-one for Cruse Bereavement Care. Also, I have volunteered as a counsellor for Women’s Aid.
I have facilitated groups at HM Prisons working with drugs and alcohol.
Counselled children in Sure Start Centers and school settings.
I have worked in Palliative Care as a counsellor providing emotional support.
I have worked with children aged between nine to eighteen years of age, who have experienced bereavement. In my work with children I use a range of creative materials, as I find it makes it easier for children to express themselves and aids the therapeutic process.
I hold an updated Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate, this allows employers to check my certificate online.
I have my own Professional Indemnity Insurance.
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Irene has been the most wonderful counsellor, helping me very practically coming to terms with my wife's illness and death. Invaluable, and it has made a positive benefit to my welfare. Thank you Irene
I was very unsure as what to expect from my sessions, but was put at ease by the professional, kind caring manner of Irene. Due to Irene's approach I have gained so much and has helped me to control my way of thinking and dealing with depression and anxiety.
Having had to admit to be depressed has been a very difficult process,and I strongly feel I am on the road to recovery and can deal with all aspects of this, which a big part of this has been with the help of Irene. I would not hesitate to return should the need arise.
How counselling can help.
I understand that it may not be that easy to make the first approach to therapy, as you may be confused, distressed and anxious, so our first session will be to discuss your needs, and how we would work together, so that we can decide if we feel able and comfortable to proceed. We will then discuss the number and frequency of sessions, which we will review as your therapy progresses.
Counselling helps people to: -
Identify negative thoughts or illogical thinking patterns that contribute to feelings of helplessness, and to develop a more positive outlook.
Regain a sense of control and pleasure in life.
Help to find solutions to life's problems.
Gain personal strengths and how to use those strengths to develop and move forward with ones life.
Clients I work with
I work with clients who have difficulties with a whole range of issues, these often include work related stress, anxiety, depression, stress, panic, anger, trauma, bereavement, loss, phobias, family problems, relationships issues, low self- esteem, confidence & assertiveness, health concerns and many more that influence and have an emotional impact on everyday life.
Counselling adults who are experiencing mental health difficulties. I am committed to help improve the mental health and well-being of the people I work with.
Also, I currently work with a number of national Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP’s) and organisations who provide their employees with Counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 5: Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling & Counselling in Independent Practice
Level 5 Integrative Approach to Counselling Supervision
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4
Counselling Studies Level 3
(CBT) ( Cognitive Behavioural Techniques)
Introduction to Transactional Analysis
(ASIST) Trained Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Anxiety Awareness Diploma
In line with BACP guidelines, I undertake regular training and have completed courses, which enhance my work and give me a deeper understanding of the issues you may bring
The most recent are Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). The course is a two-day workshop that teaches participants to carry out life-saving interventions for people at risk of suicide.
I have attended training on the Freedom Programme, and i'm now able to facilitate the course. The Freedom Programme is an educational programme for women experiencing domestic violence and abuse and enables women to gain knowledge and skills to protect themselves and children from harm. Controlling relationships are destructive and confusing, affecting all areas of family life. The Freedom Programme aims to develop awareness of the power and control in abusive relationships.
I am always open to continued professional development and attend training/events:
Re-Parent Your Inner Child
Child Sexual Abuse
Dealing with Distress Working with Suicide & Self-Harm
COVID 19 Training.
Ultimate Cognitive Behavioural Techniques Toolkit
Mental Well-being in Children and Young People Certificate
Safeguarding Children Certificate
Compassion to Mental Health (Derbyshire University)
Child Sexual Abuse Hope For Healing (PODS Training)
Diploma in Anxiety Awareness
Trauma & The Body: Dissociation & Somatisation
Working With Children and Young People Impacted by Domestic Violence
Young people; Anger, Hatred and Self-Estee
Safe Guarding Vulnerable Adults
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect
Drug & Alcohol Awareness
Domestic Violence & Abuse
Foundation Course in Awareness in Children & Young People’s Bereavement Care
Loss of a Child
Mental Health Awareness
Autism and Asperger’s
Health and Safety at work
Drug and Alcohol Awareness
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The pain of losing a pet is a very real experience. I am here to provide emotional support for anyone who has lost a pet or who is anticipating the loss of their special friend.
I am really passionate about the importance of the relationship between people and their pets.
£40.00 per session
I have my own discreetly located therapy room in Mansfield Woodhouse Nottinghamshire with off road parking facilities.
I can usually offer an initial assessment appointment within the first seven days of you making contact.
Counselling: £40 per 60 min session.
Clinical Supervision : £40 per 60 min session...£60.00 for 1.5 hours.
Please be advised that a full charge will be made for a cancelled appointment if 24 hr notice is not received via a telephone call to me.
I operate a 24 hr cancellation policy, otherwise a full charge will have to be made as I will be unable to fill the appointment.
I offer appointments in the daytime and evenings. If you contact me and I am unable to answer the phone just leave me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
My counselling room is very private, discreet and comfortable.
Parking is available and a bus route is close by.
Also, you can view my website at www.lifematters2me.co.uk