How I Work
Whereas my original training was in Person Centred counselling, further training in current attachment theory, neurobiology, Internal Family Systems and EMDR now informs my work.
In the first few sessions, I really listen and do my best to understand the challenges you face. I regularly check out with my clients whether or not I have ‘got’ them. As we ‘unpick’ problems together, it is not uncommon for clients to get a different perspective or find the strength to make changes they want. All the time it is a process of us both exploring together. This means that I don't tell you what to do, nor give advice but encourage you to find solutions that you find for yourself. Most of the time this is a process involving talking. I incorporate body work and mindfulness as well as other creative ways of working, such as empty chair work, modelling, sand-tray and artwork to help get an insight into what is going on. Not everyone wants this of course, and it is important to be true to yourself in how we work together. For trauma related and other problems I can offer Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. (EMDR) (NICE approved)
Where I work
Face to face When working face to face, we meet in my counselling room, a comfortable, private room at my home, but in a separate building to the house so we are never disturbed. It is 50 metres down a hard track from the public road. Trewidland is less than 10 minutes drive from Liskeard, and only 15 minutes from Looe. At present, because of Covid restrictions, I can see clients face to face but if you are not 'double jabbed' I would ask you to wear a mask. We are socially distanced and I keep the room well ventilated with the window and door slightly open.
With an academic background of a first-class honours degree in psychology, and post-graduate research, I spent 15 years teaching Psychology A-level to teenagers and adults, but always felt I wanted to be working more personally with clients on a one-to-one basis so I took the further training to become a counsellor and psycotherapist. I have an advanced Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy and am an Accredited (and registered) member of the British Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors and adhere to their standards of professional practice and ethics. I now supervise other counsellors and give Continuing Professional Development training to other counsellors.
What my clients have said about me
"Through counselling, I felt I became a person at last. A person in my own right – and it made a huge difference to have another person listen to my feelings."
When I first met Liz my head felt heavy with struggles of the past of the future. I felt I couldn’t unburden this weight alone. I had never thought of seeing anyone about this until I reached out to Liz. Liz with such kindness and patience listened and showed me how to unlock parts of me I never realised existed. The work is enlightening and refreshing. It truly is the best decision I have ever made.
"With Liz’s support, encouragement, patience and gentle guidance to find my own answers, I have now recovered my confidence, and self-esteem and also developed a self-understanding, which I did not possess before my illness."
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling
- Member of the British Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapist
- Qualified Assertiveness Trainer
- BA with Hons Psychology 1st class
- Post Grad Dip in Psychological Research Methods
- Person-Centred Couples Counsellor training
- Certificate in Supervision (CPCAB)
- Practitioner in Emotional Freedom Technique
Past experience includes: I have been lead tutor for CPCAB counselling courses, provider of CPD training courses and an assertiveness trainer.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Individuals---------------------- £55 for 1 hour or £70 for 1,1/2 hours
- Couples --------------------------- £75 for 1 hour or £90 for 1,1/2 hours
- Supervision -------------------- £60 for 1 hour or £70 for 1,1/2 hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays