Hi I am Lucy.I am here to help you with your depression and anxiety or low self confidence.
Our need for connection has grown since the Covid,families were separated for long periods of time ,many young people learn by socialising and this was disrupted in the Pandemic,which has impacted on their learning and had an effect on their mental health.
Many clients report feeling isolated, due to working from home and have found themselves, feeling anxious and preoccupied with negative emotions since the pandemic.
I have over 10 years of experience working with clients who are highly anxious within themselves or their relationships.I also work with clients who are experiencing low self esteem,family issues,eating disorders and self harm.
Many young adults have noticed their anxiety levels have increased due to the added pressure they place upon themselves of either achieving good grades,or comparing themselves to others. There is now evidence that the trauma of the pandemic has impacted many age groups and some have seeked out unhealthy ways of coping and have reported their mental health, has worsened due to the stress and frustration of not being able to predict or control their life.
My aim is to help you become aware of your patterns and to normalise your feelings.
How counselling can help...
Talking to a counsellor, can help you feel understood and your feelings validated. I am here to help you feel understood, and the safe conditions to talk openly without any judgment.
Being a bereavement counsellor for 10 years, I’ve noticed there is a difference since the pandemic, in the mourning of a loved one as clients feel traumatised by the experience, as they never got the opportunity to say goodbye, in the way they had hoped, which heightens the loss.
In addition to working in bereavement I also work with a registered adoption support agency working with young children,so I have a knowledge of how trauma effects a child’s ability to learn and how a bad environment can impact on someone’s life.
I have noticed an increase in young adults attending counselling,who are looking for support to cope with their anxiety. I can offer support for this age group who are often bypassed in society.
Finding the right counsellor...
Attending counselling can be a daunting process, so finding the right counsellor whom you feel safe with, is paramount. Sometimes people have specific issues they wish to explore, with someone who has the ability to listen in a confidential and non-judgemental way, independent from friends and family.
Send me an email,or call me and we can set up an initial session,that way we can discuss in detail, what you hope to get out of counselling, then we can make the first arrangements.
It is my belief, that the therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor is the most important contributor, to helping a client feel safe. My aim is to help you feel secure, accepted and understood.
Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed, are suffering from sad syndrome,aggression,depression or anxiety, maybe your experiencing panic attacks, due to school,work,friendship, or relationship issues.Maybe you are going through a separation or divorce,have experienced a betrayal,have experienced a loss, or an illness,or facing redundancy or a change of career that was unexpected.
Or maybe you are just not feeling yourself,your missing out on the sense of belonging or have a fear of failing and have a distorted view of yourself which is impacting to low self esteem and insecurities.
Maybe you are experiencing intrusive thoughts,have physical symptoms or have experienced a lot of losses in the past and you and are looking for new ways, to handle these emotions.
Maybe you are feeling lost and do not know what direction, you would like your life to go and are experiencing emotional difficulties. I can help you talk through these behaviours,in a non judgemental way to help you gain a better understanding of yourself, in order to live a more fulfilled life.
I am here to help you explore the impact this may have had on you and to listen without judgment.
I am based in Billericay where there is free parking.
I offer a free 10 minute telephone consultation, which gives you a better understanding, of counselling and it allows you ample time to raise any questions you may have prior to the initial consultation which is done in a confidential setting.
I am working Face to Face but can offer online or telephone sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 2 counselling skills
Level 3 counselling studies
Level 4 diploma in therapeutic counselling
Level 5 diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling
- Trauma and vicarious trauma (inc. PTSD)
- Bereavement training
- Dyslexia training
- Disordered Eating & Attachment
- Adoption training and life story work
- Releasing blocked emotions
- Narcissism and Echoism
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I adhere to the ethical framework for the counselling professions.
I am fully insured.
To continue my learning, I regularly attend on going professional development courses.I maintain that I keep up to date with as much information as possible.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am able to work in a flexible manner by either working face to face or online, since Covid this has allowed clients up and down the country to access my services. Many young adults also prefer to access online platforms especially when they return back to university, by remaining flexible. I am offering my clients, the opportunity to work round childcare and work commitments. I am fully aware of the busy lives and commitments, life throws at us.
There has been a big influx in clients now working from home, so I am able to help by offering daytime appointments and early evening sessions, for young adults when they finish school or college.
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I pride myself on offering affordable counselling.I am aware how long the waiting lists are now on the NHS. I work with all ages including young adults. I offer concessions for trainee counsellors,people on low in come and key workers.
I always offer a free telephone, or online consultation.
Counselling students,key workers are fully welcome at a discounted rate.
I am currently working face to face but I also offer telephone counselling, or Zoom.
All Covid procedures are in place.
When I work
I am working working face to face but do offer online and telephone sessions.I have sessions in the day and some limited availability in the evenings.
I am trained in integrative counselling, which means, that I draw from a range of approaches to provide the right support for each individual. I am friendly and warm and I offer affordable counselling, in a confidential setting, where we can explore your personal thoughts and feelings in a safe, non judgmental space. I offer both short and long term counselling.
I have numerous years of experience working in bereavement, specialising in supporting families facing the loss of a loved one, due to Covid 19,I am fully aware many clients are feeling sad, could be facing loss of routine,loss of jobs and a feeling of fear,panic,obsession which can be stressful ,due to living in isolation. Many have expressed feeling abandoned ,lonely and not feeling supported which has impacted on family relationships. Many clients have reported a feeling of generalised anxiety and a loss of purpose for many who have lost their roles in society. I help to facilitate the process, so my client has a better understanding of their long term goals and help them understand how the crisis has impacted on them and try and help them re-emerge.