Isobel Salmon, MA (Counselling), PG Dip, Reg.MBACP
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 mindset it is important to seek help and not feel stigmatised. Anxiety, stress, and depression are increasingly commonplace, but attitudes are shifting and along with it is a growing availability of help.
I work in a Person-Centred approach which is primarily about being a good listener. My skills lie in being able to empathise and help you determine the right way forward for you. I do not offer directions, opinions, or advice. I like to think I can embrace those people who need counselling in what I call a therapeutic relationship. It is, therefore, essential that we both feel we can work together. You are a unique individual and the only person who truly knows how you feel is YOU. Only you can decide how you should be, what life means to you and what you want from it.
I don’t know how it feels to be you, however, I will do my best to try and understand, to see things from your perspective and to get a sense of how life feels for you. I believe that inside we all have the capacity to know what is in our best interest and at this moment in time you just need some help and support to help find it. This is where I can support you.
I believe that one of the key elements of successful counselling is the ‘relationship’ between the client and the counsellor, a two-way relationship, built on mutual trust. I will offer you empathy, acceptance, and honesty. I will not judge you, I will not tell you what to do or how to live your life. I will offer you support, so together we can discover what you need to help you move forward.
I will give you time and space to share, with me, what it is that is troubling you. I will listen in a non-judgemental way. I will accompany you on your journey to find the tools to help you cope with your issues & problems. Together we will find the resources within you to progress.
Training, qualifications & experience
My counselling career began with an introductory counselling course at The Norwich Centre, Norwich, I followed this by completing the Certificate in Counselling Studies. From there I progressed onto the University of East Anglia (UEA) where I achieved the Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling.
In June 2017 I graduated from the University of East Anglia with an MA in Counselling.
Before training to be a counsellor I had a varied career path and I believe that all my previous careers have enabled me to gain a wealth of experience and understanding about people. I have worked with people from all walks of life in many different situations and environments. 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 are in a difficult place or unable to understand their emotions, who then move on to a much brighter future and can cope with all life brings, is extremely rewarding.
Whilst training I gained experience at the UEA Well-being service, counselling students with many varied and complex issues. Alongside my own practice, I also volunteer as a counsellor with The Sue Lambert Trust in Norwich, an organisation which supports survivors of rape, domestic violence, and abuse. I underwent additional training in trauma to enable me to offer the support required to work alongside clients who have experienced these circumstances.
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
First session 40 minutes £20
Subsequent sessions 50 minutes £40
Before arranging to come and see me for an initial assessment, please telephone me for an informal chat or email me with any questions.
Early morning and evening appointments available.
Once you have taken that initial first step toward finding the help & support you need. It’s important we talk over the phone first to begin building a counsellor/client relationship based on trust and confidentiality. Speaking to me is the start of your journey…
I understand 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 clients, I am offering, both early morning and evening counselling appointments. You can book to see me from as early as 7am through until 8pm on my working days of Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
As a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), I am bound by their Ethical Framework.