Isobel Salmon, MA (Counselling), PG Dip, Reg.MBACP
Do you want someone who will listen to you, not judge you, and offer you emotional support, whether in person, online or by phone?
If so, then please keep on reading………………………...
We are living in an age where dealing with the everyday pressures of life has grown increasingly difficult, but equally society is changing and recognising that when things go wrong with our well-being, mental health or mind set, it is important to seek help and not feel stigmatised. Anxiety, stress and depression are increasingly commonplace, but attitudes are shifting and along with this is a growing availability of help.
Counselling with me will offer you the time and space to explore what is going on in your life. It can help you gain some understanding, help you process your thoughts & feelings and in turn enable you to handle emotions and move on to a more positive place in your life.
You have already taken the first step forward to obtaining help and support by clicking on my the Counselling Directory website. So, please take the next step, to see what I can offer you at Kaleidoscope Counselling and if it is what you feel you need, please contact me.
Training, qualifications & experience
Following a varied and interesting career path, including working in dentistry, the ambulance service and the funeral business, I reached a point in my life where I wanted to utilise all of the skills, knowledge and life experiences which I had gained in these various professions. Becoming a counsellor felt like a natural choice. It enabled me to consolidate my skills and offered me the opportunity to work in a position which is extremely rewarding and worthwhile.
After gaining the Certificate in Counselling Studies and the Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling, in July 2017, I graduated from the University of East Anglia with a Master of Arts in Counselling. Since then I have completed additional training in Counselling for Survivors of Sexual Abuse and a Certificate in Couples Counselling. I continue to attend training courses and CPD seminars when possible, to keep my knowledge up to date and current.
I consider that my academic studies, my previous careers, and my life experience have enabled me to gain a wealth of awareness and understanding of my clients. This all contributes to my ability to offer effective counselling.
Prior to qualifying as a counsellor, I volunteered as a Samaritan listener. My training here gave me the skills to listen to callers who were experiencing emotional distress, challenging times, or suicidal thoughts. The ability to listen and demonstrate empathy are skills which carried me forward into the world of counselling.
Whilst studying for my diploma at the University of East Anglia, part of my training Included a placement at the University Well-being Service. The students I counselled here faced issues including, stress, anxiety and depression.
I currently volunteer, part-time, as a counsellor at The Sue Lambert Trust in Norwich, an organisation which supports survivors of rape, domestic violence and abuse. I undertook additional training in trauma, enabling me to offer support to clients who have experienced these situations.
My roles at the Samaritans, UEA and The Sue Lambert Trust, have all provided me with experience, knowledge and understanding, skills which I utilise in my own counselling work at Kaleidoscope Counselling.
I consider I am a calm, relaxed person, I don’t judge or give advice and I have the ability and skills to support you. I am a good listener, empathetic and a relaxed person who enjoys building therapeutic relationships with clients. It is important to me that I can create a calm environment where we can work together to help you find what is right for you. For me, counselling people who maybe in a challenging place in their life or are unable to understand their emotions, who then move on to a much brighter future and can cope with all life brings, is extremely rewarding.
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
The first introductory session is £20.00. This is your chance to meet me, either in person or online, to ask any questions you may have and see if I am the right counsellor for you.
- Face to Face £40
- Online / Telephone £40
- Couples £60
- Email £40 per 5 email exchanges
Face-to-Face or Online ? I can offer both!
I offer appointments both face-to-face and online too, using Skype, Zoom or FaceTime. I can even support you via email or phone too. Consequently you can benefit my from counselling whatever your location.
Early morning and evening appointments available.
I understand many people lead busy lives and finding time to see a counsellor can be difficult, especially living the fast-paced lifestyles most of us seem to have these days.
Therefore, to help make it easier for you, I offer, both early morning and evening counselling appointments. You can book appointments from as early as 7am through until 8pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays or on Fridays from 7am -2pm and Saturday 7am - 12pm.
As a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), I am bound by their Ethical Framework. Their principles and values are important to me and I adhere to them in my counselling practice.