Margaret Heap, BA (Hons);PG Dip; Dip Supervision; Reg MBACP (Accred)
As a fully qualified professional counsellor accredited by the BACP I aim to respect you as an individual with autonomy. As such everything we do is based upon what is important to you as a person, from your own perspective. I believe that you know what hurts and that you have the capacity to begin a healing process. I hope that I am able to offer you a safe environment in which to explore any issue that is important to you.
Why seek counselling?
Many people turn to friends and family in times of difficulty, although they tend to hold back, not wanting to 'burden' their friends and family. Whether the issue is depression, bereavement, anxiety, abuse, disability or anything else, sometimes people find that family and friends can be too close to the situation to talk to. Often well-meaning friends and family want to fix things and make things better and therefore can find it difficult just to listen, leaving the person with a sense of not being heard.
As a counsellor I am trained to listen, I will not judge you or try to fix things. Instead I aim to offer you the space to untangle your thoughts and feelings in order for you to see your own way forward more clearly.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Bachelor Arts: BA (Hons), Social Studies.
- Post Graduate Diploma: PG DIP, Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy.
- University Certificate Working therapeutically with children and adolescents.
- BACP Accreditation.
- Diploma Supervision.
- Cert: Working with sexual abuse.
- I.E.M.T. Practitioner
- Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Diploma
My week consists of seeing clients in private practice along with students at a local FE College.
I have experience of working at a local Women's Centre where I saw people with a variety of issues including Anxiety, Depression, Bereavement and Abuse.
I have volunteered for the local Multiple Sclerosis in a variety of roles and have I set up a counselling service for those affected by MS. This service is for people with MS themselves, their family, friends or carers.
As an Accredited member of the BACP I am required to keep my skills updated by attending extra training. My Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is ongoing and is an essential requirement for all counsellors.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
The first session, lasting half an hour, is free in order for you to decide if we can work together.
Individual fees £35 per hour, self funding. £40 per hour externally funded. (This is due to the extra admin needed, invoices etc).
Couples £45, this is for a full hour, £50 external funding. (This is due to the extra admin needed, invoices etc).
Reduced rates of £25 for students on a counselling course. £30 external funding. (This is due to the extra admin needed, invoices etc).
Supervision £50 (one and a half hours) self funding, £55 external funding. (This is due to the extra admin needed, invoices etc).