M. Erasmus (Magna), Dip Level 7 . MBACP
Welcome and thank you for looking at my profile.
I know that life has many challenges, some might be small and others might be life changing. Perhaps you have lost someone you love, struggle with depression, anxiety, feeling sad or perhaps you just feel challenged by life. You might be experiencing thoughts and feelings that feel uncomfortable where you feel stuck and unsure how to deal with it all.
Counselling can help you give voice to your pain and heartbreak. It offers a safe, confidential space where you can voice difficult thoughts and experiences, where you will be heard and supported. Counselling can also help you change unhelpful thoughts and behaviors.
I'm a holistic, integrative therapist, which means I draw from many models of therapy to assist you in the way that is going to be most helpful to you. During the sessions I am there to listen and help you make sense of the things that feel unclear. Together we will work on changing unhelpful thoughts and behaviors.
The work will be open ended as we sometimes we can benefit from short term therapy and at other times we might need the support for longer.
If you feel that I am the person that can help you. Please do call or email me to make an appointment:
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Anonymous female : Individual counselling
‘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’
Anonymous female : Individual Counselling
"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 programme 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 realise, 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 Liz 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."
Anonymous female : Individual counselling
“Trust is something that does not come easily for me and Magna has been patient with me through this process. Magna's acceptance of who I am and where I am at, all my flaws, my darkness and my struggle to find a way out enabled me to begin a relationship with Magna with trust as the foundation. Magna continued to be non-judgmental, supportive and caring throughout the 18 months of us working together. Magna's confidence in me and her belief that I had some value in the world began to sink in and I have started to believe this for myself. It has been rare in my life to find someone who believes in me and accepts me for all that I am and I feel I found this.
Magna never put pressure on me to be someone I am not and did not press me to be open before I was ready and she always respected my ‘no’. These have been valuable lessons for me coming from a world where many have not respected my voice or my ‘no’. Magna has helped me to rediscover my voice, my value and I am still very much on the journey of expressing these as well as who I am, however this does not feel as daunting or as scary as it did when I first started at your counselling service. This feels more like an adventure with ups and downs but I feel as though I am more prepared and better equipped for the journey.
I am grateful for all that the counselling has given me and in particular that it has been a hand to hold at one of the darkest times of my life”.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 7 Diploma : Trauma Counselling
Level 5 Diploma : Integrative Counselling
I am a trauma counsellor with an special interest in eating disorders, especially binge eating. I am experienced in working with sexual abuse, abuse, depression, infant loss and bereavement, grief counselling, addictions, divorce and relationship issues.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am also trained in infant loss and bereavement as I felt that this was a specialist area of work that needed real sensitivity and care to work through.
Individual session rate : £45 per session
Couples counselling rate : £55 per session
Student rate : £35
I know that the first step to book an appointment can be a scary one. 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|
My practice is currently full and currently have a waiting list.
Types of client