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MBACP Accred., Trauma Specialist, Clinical Lead & Supervisor

About me

Welcome to The Beech Practice!

Sometimes it's difficult to know when to ask for help. You might be struggling with trauma, anxiety, grief, depression, sleeping difficulties, concentration problems, flashbacks, or simply a sense that something isn't quite right.  I believe that no-one should have to struggle alone and that there is always hope! Hope to recover, hope for feeling better, hope to get out of a place of feeling stuck. Whatever it is, or whatever you are going through, you don't have to do it alone.

With 14+ years experience I provide counselling and safe trauma therapy for young people and adults who may be struggling. I find it important that we work in a pace that suits you, rather than going too quickly (or too slow). I work by the ethics of the BACP's Ethical Framework (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and am an MBACP Accredited member, as well as a NCS Professionally Accredited Member (National Counselling Society). 

I am experienced and trained in providing one-to-one integrative counselling, as well as trauma therapy. This includes working with Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Trauma-Focused CBT, the Rewind-Technique, EMDR and Solution-Focused Therapy. I also deliver a range of counselling training and supervision for trainee counsellors, as well as to experienced qualified counsellors. I am a Clinical Lead for a London-based charity, and coordinate a Therapeutic Service for young people who have experienced extensive and complex trauma.

I also have a lovely team who are all trauma specialists, who can also provide you with one-to-one sessions:

- Ariana Pedzikowska: Qualified, experienced, MBACP Registered, and experienced with both young people and adults.

- Rebecca McDonnell: Qualified, experienced, MBACP Registered, and experienced as a counselling manager in different schools.

I believe it is very important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor or therapist. You can therefore use a first appointment to get to know each other better, and to spend some time figuring out how counselling or trauma therapy might be helpful for you.

In addition to one-to-one counselling sessions, we now also regularly run a Trauma Therapy Group! This group is focused on supporting one another to recover. Joining a group can feel scary, but it might be helpful to know that most people feel like this! The group works to feel safer in every-day life: Less flashbacks and nightmares, less panic attacks or feeling overwhelmed, and better able to feel regulated and centred during the day. Contact us now for more information!

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications are:

  • 2022 - 2023 Level 1 SP for the treatment of trauma - Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (to be started)
  • 2022 - EMDR - Level 1 & 2 - Completed. Level 3: Ongoing 
  • 2021 - 2022 - Advanced Diploma Trauma Treatment of Complex PTSD - Ongoing
  • 2021 - 2022 - Post-Graduate Certificate Clinical Supervision, with honors
  • 2021 - Diploma Gambling Counselling, with distinction
  • 2020 - Certified Cyber Therapy - Young People & Adults
  • 2019 - Advanced Diploma Psychotherapy, with distinction
  • 2018 - Certificate Counselling Supervision
  • 2018 - Practitioners Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • 2017 - Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
  • 2009 - BSc (Hons) Degree Social Work, Considered Dutch equivalent of a  Degree Counselling
  • 2006 - BSc Degree in Teaching

Aside from qualifications, I have completed much Continual Professional Development Courses (CPD), which includes:

- Infant and Pregnancy Loss Training (accredited by the Foundation for Infant and Pregnancy Loss)

- Working practically with Dissociation

- Body awareness in Psychotherapy

- Somatic Psychology as integrated into Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment

I specialize in working with any form of trauma, including domestic abuse, sexual abuse (including CSA/ CSE), car accidents, traumatic bereavements, complex PTSD, dissociation difficulties (including Dissociative Identity Disorder), FGM, sudden illness, trafficking and torture. I work as the Clinical Lead of a Therapeutic Service in London. I am trained in the Rewind-Technique by Human Givens College. The Rewind-Technique is a gentle trauma-technique which allows you to process the traumatic memory whilst feeling safe and present.

I have also been trained in Trauma-Focused CBT by the Anna Freud Centre in London, which is a gentle way to increase a sense of safety, working to manage your post-trauma symptoms such as re-living, avoidance, hyper-arousal and negative views of yourself or the world. We can look at processing some of the feelings or traumatic experiences as well. Some people find that very helpful, for others it may not be necessary. The sessions will always be tailored to your wants and needs.

Aside from specializing in trauma, I also specialize in working with bereavement and loss. I worked for 4 years for a Hospice in Chelmsford, and have provided bereavement counselling through the years in both the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. A loss may include a loss of a person, a job, marriage, contact with family, house or a pet. If you feel you are struggling, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
National Counselling Society

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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National Counselling Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Trauma-Focused Therapy

Online Counselling

Telephone Counselling

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Fees

£55.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • AXA PPP

Additional information

One-to-one counselling and Trauma Therapy:

If you live in the boroughs of Southend, Rochford, or Castlepoint, you can access one-to-one counselling and trauma therapy for the discounted rate of £55 for a 50-minute session. There are further discounted rates available for students and people facing financial difficulties.

If you live in any other part of the United Kingdom (including London, Birmingham and Newcastle), or any other part of the world (including the Netherlands and Belgium), the rates of counselling are £70 for a one-to-one session, and £45 for the discounted rate for students and people struggling financially.

One-to-one Clinical Supervision:

* Qualified counsellor/ therapist:   £70 for 1.5 hours, £55 for 1 hour

* Student counsellor/ therapist:    £55 for 1.5 hours, £40 for 1 hour

Both one-to-one counselling/therapy and supervision is now also possible through telephone/online sessions.

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
Evening
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I am available on: Mondays between 8am - 8pm Thursdays between 3pm - 6pm Fridays between 8am - 4pm

Further information

If you would like a bit more information about how telephone, online or messaging counselling works, please send me a message. We can talk about whether this might be a better solution and option for you, rather than face-to-face sessions.

40 Weir Pond Road, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1AH

4 Weston Chambers, Weston Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1AU

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

40 Weir Pond Road - Rochford has a ground floor room available, so no stair case is needed. It does not however have disabled access.

Additional languages

Dutch/ Nederlands

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

Clinical Supervision for student and qualified counsellors/ therapist, using Hawkins' & Shohet's model. A safe space to explore your practice.

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