M Erasmus (Magna)
I am very passionate about the work I do and can assure you that you will be well looked after by me. The counselling services I offer is tailored around you as a person and the needs you bring into the counselling room. I know that we all have different life experiences, backgrounds and resilience. I am there to support you in all of life's moments.
I am an integrative therapist, which means I draw from many models of therapy to help you in the way that is going to be most helpful to you.
During the sessions I am there to listen and to help you make sense of the things that feel unclear. I am not there to offer advice, but to help you find the answers within. Together we will find ways for your well-being to improve.
I am a holistic trained therapist with 7 years of experience in trauma and eating disorders.
With a culturally diverse practice, I work with people from all walks of life, backgrounds and cultures.
I also have experience in dealing with:
Bereavement Counselling (including loss of child or infant loss)
Emotional and disordered eating, binge eating and overeating
Sexual trauma (abuse)
Anxiety and Depression
Addictions (food, gambeling,alcohol)
Feelings of low self-worth
End of life
The work we do will be open ended. You can see me for as long as you need. Sometimes we can benefit from short term therapy and at other times we might need the support for longer.
I hope you will find the information given her useful and encouraging. I know that taking the first step to contact someone can feel difficult but please know that it is so worth it!
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
'Thank you so much for helping me find myself'
'My sessions with you helped me to understand how to cope with day to day struggles and also to put these struggles into a bigger picture. You have given me powerful and effective tools to cope with life's difficulties and also to find more hope and enjoyment in day to day life'
‘I have struggled with my life at least since I was 8 years old. Over the years I have used self harm, food, drugs and unhealthy relationships as my coping mechanisms, always trying to find help and support but repeatedly failing. I had tried counselling, group therapy, the 12 steps and even an eating disorders unit. Nothing seemed to help and I always ended up back with my old unhealthy and unhappy habits.
My sessions with Magna have literally been life changing. After 32 years of sadness my life has turned finally turned around. She helped me focus on myself and find my voice. I have taken control of my life and am so much better; a better mum, daughter, sister, wife and friend. I no longer have that darkness following me.
I truly can’t recommend Magna enough’
'Thank you for all your support and for helping me find me again.'
'I will never be able to thank you enough for helping me get my life back on track'
"I have been seeing Magna for 1 to 1 personal therapy since 2014. At the time I started seeing her, I was emerging from a very unhappy and emotionally abusive 18 year marriage. I was also embarking on a training program to qualify as a children's counsellor, which required me to be in personal therapy alongside my training. I came to the early sessions reluctantly and somewhat guarded. I had been in personal therapy previously and marriage counselling for one year and thought I didn't need to go over old ground.
I soon came to realize, during the early weeks working with Magna that I had many layers of self doubt and battered self esteem which needed unraveling and healing. I felt that I had in some sense 'lost' my sense of self whilst in a toxic relationship. Through being a containing and reflective presence Magna provided a facilitative space which enabled me to slowly leave behind the broken me and to rediscover an integrated sense of self.
A year into the work with Magna I received a further bombshell when I was diagnosed with grade 4 metastatic cancer. Magna has again provided me with a safe place in which to unravel and at times offload some of the immensely difficult feelings and emotions which this diagnosis has unleashed.
It is interesting that even though my own journey in qualifying as a counsellor has now completed, I continue to see Magna. The sessions that I have with her are an invaluable part of my life. I don't always look forward to them; it is a misconception to think that therapy is an indulgence- the work of therapy can be incredibly difficult. Being willing to allow a professional into your most inner self with all its vicissitudes and fears is an immense act of trust. Whatever feelings I arrive with at a session, I always leave feeling more coherent and integrated in myself. I am grateful to Magna for being a facilitative presence in my life and my ongoing journey towards greater self awareness and emotional healing."
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 7 Diploma : Trauma Counselling
Level 5 Diploma : Integrative Counselling
Level 3 Certificate : Counselling Skills
I have Membership with the BACP (Registered Member British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy).
I hold Indemnity insurance for working with Adults.
I have monthly Supervision to ensure that I practice safely.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Working with the elderly
Individual session rate : £45 per session
Couples counselling rate : £55 per session
Student rate : £35
I have a background of working in the diplomatic service for 10 years, whereafter I was a stay at home mum before working in the care environment for about 5 years. I have also worked with homelessness, spiritual development and in pastoral care. I have a vast cultural understand as I immigrated from South Africa to the UK in 2004 and therefor understand the challenges being cultural different can bring.
I know that the first step to book an appointment can perhaps feel difficult. Please feel free to call me to discuss any question or concerns you might have about counselling. I would be happy to have a telephone conversation with you before booking an appointment.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Limited appointments available
Types of client