Jeanie Ellis, Counsellor (MBACP, Accred) and EMDR Practitioner
Welcome to my page. I offer an initial free telephone consultation to find out more about you and to tell you how I work. I am a client centred therapist and EMDR Practitioner with 16 years experience working for the NHS and privately. I currently work in Verwood on the Dorset/Hampshire border.
I am also trained in CfD - 'Counselling for Depression' a NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) approved modality. I am an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitation Reprocessing) practitioner working with trauma (PTSD), fears and phobias with over 3 years experience. I am also trained in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) for fears and phobias.
I am an accredited member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their professional code of conduct. I am also a member of the EMDR Association.
During counselling sessions I work in a non-judgemental way, going at each client's pace with whatever the client brings - offering a safe, confidential space. Carl Rogers, founder of client centred therapy stated "It is the client that knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial".
The most important aspect of therapy is the relationship between the client and the therapist - so ensure you have the right one for you. Taking time to talk to various therapists is essential.
Below are a few explanations regarding counselling and EMDR for your information.
What is Client Centred Counselling?
Counselling is a process to help you to make sense of your thoughts and feelings so that you can then make informed decisions about what you can do to bring about change in your life.
This is a non judgemental approach that recognises the inherent potential of each individual to resolve his/her own difficulties in their own way and at their own pace. It provides a warm, confidential, respectful environment that will encourage you to explore your feelings.
It is a process where a trusting relationship is developed between counsellor and client.
What isn't Counselling?
Client centred counsellors do not tell you what to do. Counselling isnt treating or healing someone like a doctor, or instructing, teaching, taking control or giving advice.
What does counselling aim to achieve?
Counselling is concerned with change. A counsellor can help you to see how you can feel more in control of your life. Often, just putting things into words can help you begin to see how to move forward. The counsellor's task is to help you understand more clearly the options available to you and to support you while you start to make changes.
WHAT IS EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach designed for working with distressing or traumatic memories. The theory behind EMDR is that many psychological difficulties are the result of distressing life experiences which have not been stored in memory properly and are said to be unprocessed or blocked. These traumatic memories may need some help to become processed, and EMDR is one way to do this.
What is special about trauma memories?
Normal memories are stored by a part of the brain called the hippocampus.
You can think of the hippocampus as a sort of librarian which catalogues (processes) events and stores them in the right place. However, some traumatic events (such as accidents, abuse, disasters, or violence) are so overwhelming that the hippocampus doesn’t do its job properly. When this happens memories are stored in their raw, unprocessed, form. These trauma memories are easily triggered, leading them to replay and cause distress over and again.
What will I be asked to do in an EMDR session?
There are a number of steps to EMDR treatment, but some of the key stages are to:
Take a detailed trauma history.
Complete a risk assessment.
Completion of IES (Impact of Events scale) form.
Explanation of EMDR and what is expected.
Learn and practice self soothing techniques.
Preparation with negative and positive beliefs about self in relation to the trauma. Identifing emotions and bodily feelings linked to the trauma.
Processing - eye movements or 'tapping' sensations that go from left to right.
Think about the image & belief while at the same time making left-to-right eye movements.
To allow your mind to ‘go with’ whatever comes up and just notice what happens - there is no analysis of what comes up
This process will be repeated until the memory causes less distress.
Why do I need to make eye movements?
In EMDR you are asked to pay attention from one side to another while thinking about your memory. One way to pay attention from left to right is to follow the therapist’s finger as they move it from side-to-side in your line of vision. Alternative versions of EMDR ask you to pay attention to sounds or tapping sensations which occur in sequence from left to right.
This side-to-side motion is called bilateral stimulation. It has been found to enhance memory processing and there are a number of theories explaining how it might do this. The important thing is to be able to find a form of bilateral stimulation that you are comfortable with.
What is EMDR used to treat?
This is very good evidence that EMDR is an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and it is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for PTSD. The evidence for using EMDR to treat other disorders is less clear. EMDR may be an effective treatment for other conditions, particularly if they involve trauma memories or other distressing memories, but more research is needed.
How long does treatment take?
EMDR sessions are sometimes slightly longer than typical therapy sessions (up to 90 minutes). The number of sessions needed will depend on the type and severity of trauma which you experienced. NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) estimate that 8-12 sessions may be necessary to treat simpler traumas, with more sessions necessary for multiple traumas.
Training, qualifications & experience
I started my career as a general nurse and I have worked in the NHS for the past 15 years as a Senior Counsellor and for the past 4 years have managed a team of counsellors. I have worked in both the public and private sectors.
EMDR Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 - Nov 2014 to April 2015
Certificate in Supervision - 2009
EFT(Emotional Freedom Technique) Level 1 and 2 - 2006
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner Certificate - 2004
BACP Accredited Diploma in client Centred Therapy (Person Centred approach) - Centra Level III - 2002
Since 2002 I have been working for the NHS in Primary Care where I currently manage a team of counsellors, provide clinical supervision and conduct a clinical case load. I work with adults over the age of 18 with a range of issues including anxiety, fears, depression, sexual abuse, loss (in all its forms; identity, health, job, relationship, death, infertility etc). My counselling placement was with the maternity unit at St Mary's Maternity Unit, Poole working with individuals and couples for all aspects of grief and bereavment with regards to pregnancy, miscarriage, neonatal death, termination due to abnormalities, stillbirth etc.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
EMDR for trauma and phobias. PTSD.
Depression. Anxiety. Low self esteem, low self worth. Bereavement and loss. Long term health conditions. Childhood sexual abuse. Loss of identity, job, relationship, health. Low mood.
Counselling - £50 per session. Each session is 60 minutes. The normal counselling hour is 50 minutes, therefore for every 5 sessions you are effectively getting a 'free' session.
EMDR - £80 per session. Each session is 1.5 hours (other time frames can be discussed and payment adjusted accordingly).
48 hours notice required for cancellations or a fee will be charged. A fee will be charged for missed appointments without prior notice.
Choosing the right therapist for you is essential. Take your time to talk to a number of therapists until you feel comfortable. All therapy is difficult and uncomfortable. Things may seem to get worse before you notice any change. Take care of yourself during this process and be honest with your therapist about how you feel. It is important not to cancel appointments but to attend regularly. Research shows that those who attend regularly have better recovery rates than those who constantly cancel and do not engage in the therapeutic process.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Available to answer queries from 0900-2000.
Types of client
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