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Sometimes we may feel trapped, or stuck in the same old cycle, but we are not sure why?  We may just be feeling lost and in need of support.  There may be times when we feel like we cannot understand why we feel the way we do.  That things are never going to change.  We may all feel like this at times, especially in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, feeling that there is no way out.

As the affects of Covid-19 take their toll, many of us are struggling with our mental health, feeling isolated, lonely, sad, feeling depressed, scared to go out again, and of course, those who have lost loved ones, who are grieving.

Talking about our experiences can be difficult and often we may feel that we do not want to burden others.  Alternatively, we may feel we do not have anyone we can talk to.

Talking about how we feel can help us feel better emotionally and physically.  It can encourage a new awareness of our emotions and feelings, allowing us to move forward, breaking those patterns of thoughts and behaviour that make life so difficult.

This is where counselling and psychotherapy may help, although,  I understand that making the decision to undertake counselling can be difficult.  Maybe you are feeling unsure, scared, worried what feelings counselling may bring up for you.  Maybe you have tried counselling or psychotherapy before and facing new challenges.  I can support you, in taking that step together.

Maybe you are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide or suffering in a relationship.  Maybe feelings of anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of confidence are making life difficult, or maybe you just feel fed up of feeling the way you do.  Whatever the issues, we can explore them together, offering you peace of mind that you will not have to go through this alone.

As a fully qualified, person-centred counsellor and psychotherapist, offering one-to-one counselling/psychotherapy and support, working in Nottinghamshire, I am able offer you a confidential relationship, in a non-judgemental environment where you can feel safe.  A place where you will be listened to, and offered an understanding and sensitive approach to your experiencing, as we explore these experiences and issues together.

Our process together, will encourage a new awareness; an understanding of what you are going through, leading to change and growth from within, giving you a new hope of emotional and physical strength.

Alongside adult counselling, I also offer a specialist service for children and young people, both face-to-face and online.

Working with children and young people of all ages, brings varying issues such as self-harm and suicide, sexual abuse,  feeling sad, anger, bullying, low self-esteem and lack of confidence.  There is opportunity to work with these through play therapy, and more age appropriate resources for young people.  This includes my experience of working with children and young people who are on the autistic spectrum, ADHD, and those with learning difficulties, through play therapy.

As with most children and young people, communicating feelings and emotions can be difficult and using other resources can be beneficial.  As a counsellor, working with a child, offering play therapy uses various age appropriate resources such as arts and creative play, sand tray and water.  This will enable the child to express their feelings and develop an awareness of their emotions through play.  This can help with behavioural and emotional difficulties, and allows the breakdown of emotional, behavioural and learning barriers.  It encourages a child to become more confident and  build up self-esteem, giving them opportunity to talk about how they feel, in order for change and growth to take place.

Age appropriate resources are also offered for working with young people, if required.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

MA (Masters) in Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy,  also specialising in Children and Young People

CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (BACP)

CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Continued Professional Development - Training carried out in the following areas:

- Working with Autism       

- Suicide Prevention         

- Domestic Abuse 

- Ethnic Cultures                   

- Suicide and Self-Harm   

- Female Genital Mutilation 

- Animal Assisted Therapy

- Child Abuse                         

- Safeguarding Children and Young People

- Bereavement                       

- Understanding Anxiety Disorders

- Playwork - using creative resources

- Trauma

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

First initial session is FREE with following 50 minute sessions charged at:

£50 for individuals

£65 for couples

£35 for counselling students

Payments can made either by cash or by bank transfer, in advance or on the day of the session.

Availability

I work both Weekdays and evenings

Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG12

Type of session

In person
Home visits
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups

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Marie Milnes CPCAB Dip. Coun, MA PCECP, MBACP

Marie Milnes CPCAB Dip. Coun, MA PCECP, MBACP