Liz Hawkins Counsellor Psychotherapist Supervisor MBACP Accred & Registered
Often life events challenge us and affect us in many ways and on many levels. As a health professional, I have worked with clients experiencing many forms of distress and facing a wide range of challenges over the last thirty years leading me to view emotional health as fundamental in our well-being and resilience. I believe talking therapies are a way of helping to make sense of experiences, becoming aware of who we are, developing strategies to enhance resilience & well-being to empower us in the journey of life.
My clients come to therapy for a wide range of reasons often related to stress, loss, fear, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, fertility, pregnancy, post natal depression, parenting, chronic illness, pain, burnout, feeling stuck - not moving forward in life.
I work in a way that places emphasis on the therapeutic relationship through awareness, sensitivity, respect, non-judgement and empathy. Mindfulness both underpins my approach and may also be incorporated into therapy If appropriate.
During the first session I listen to the reasons that you are seeking therapy and you decide what changes you want to make and we agree the way forward. We will then work together in a way that will help you to understand yourself, your interpersonal dynamics and your inner processes enabling you to feel clearer, more positive, energetic and have more coping resources.
The ways in which we can work together include:
Psychotherapy tends to be long term work and is about understanding your inner processes and how these affect your life. We bring experiences and influences from childhood into awareness then explore how these may still have an effect on feelings, emotions, behaviour patterns in the present. By being more aware you can choose to do things differently rather than repeating patterns that are no longer helpful.
Counselling tends to be shorter term work and can help you to understand and work through issues that are causing problems in your life, focusing on the present, looking for solutions to problems rather than the cause.
Cognitive behaviour therapy may help with specific symptoms associated with anxiety, depression or phobias. CBT aims to help people manage their problems by changing the way they think and behave through testing unhelpful beliefs. CBT is a time-limited therapy although specific techniques can be incorporated into either counselling or psychotherapy if appropriate.
Mindfulness means becoming more aware of what is happening right here right now. Being mindful can help us be less caught up in our powerful repetitive thoughts and emotions which often manifest as stress, anxiety, depression, anger, resentment, self-doubt, low self-esteem. Being mindful develops through the practice of meditation this can be incorporated into therapy or taught as a stand alone stress management technique.
Energy Psychology includes the techniques of Emotrance and WHEE. It works on the principle that experiences can be stored in the body as 'stuck energy'. Using visualisation the therapist guides the client in connecting with and moving stuck energy to facilitate healing of the whole person. These techniques may be offered in therapy if appropriate.
Training, qualifications & experience
I was a nurse for 20yrs and worked with a vast range of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, mental health, chronic illness, cancer and HIV. I completed a Masters degree in Psychotherapy with the Society of Psychology and Healing (validated by Middlesex University) in 2010 and have been in private practice since then. I furthered this with Mindfulness Cognitive Therapy training with the same organisation and have since completed further training in mindfulness. Because of my experience I am able to draw on a range of approaches including Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and Energy Psychology.
I currently combine my private counselling/psychotherapy/supervision practice with teaching counselling & therapeutic relationship skills, reflective practice, supervision and practitioner development to healthcare students at a leading university in London. I also work within a counselling team supporting students in a university in Surrey.
Certificate in Supervision (BPS approved)
PG DIploma CBT / MIndfulness
BA(Hons) Therapeutic Bodywork
RMN - Registered Mental Nurse
RGN - Registered General Nurse
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- 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
I offer supervision to therapists and students (1:1 either face to face or via Skype.) and in small groups.
Please read my supervisors profile for more information.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Humanistic therapies
15 minute introductory session - free
Follow up & ongoing sessions - £50 per session
Session time is 50 mins.
Please note I am unable to provide card payment facilities.
For less than 24hrs notice of cancellation I ask for a cancellation fee of £25
I ask that clients do not arrive for sessions under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs. If a client appears intoxicated the session will be ended and full charge will be made.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a BACP Accredited & Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist/ Supervisor.