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Martha O' Brien M.A MBACP

Norwich, Norfolk, NR2
07538192461 07538192461
Norwich, Norfolk, NR2

About me

I am a qualified and BACP registered Person-Centred counsellor.

About Counselling

Counselling provides you with the space and time to think about your experiences, your relationships, and your relationship with yourself. This helps you to develop your own understanding of what you are feeling and why, and consider if there are changes that would be helpful for you.

The fact is all of us can have experiences which bring up difficult emotions or reactions for us, but it can often be incredibly difficult to talk about them, which can leave us feeling alone, unheard, frustrated, low, angry, or scared.

These experiences might be things like;

  • patterns  in your relationships which feel unhelpful or unhealthy for you
  • ways of reacting to situations which affect how much you feel able to engage with life
  • a particular life experience which was difficult and which you would like support to work through
  • difficult or negative emotions about yourself

My work as a counsellor is to facilitate your exploration - compassionately, non-judgmentally, safely, adventurously - of what you are experiencing. The aim is that you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your responses to your experiences so that you can feel connected to what feels healthy for you and respond and make decisions from that place.

My Counselling Practice

I work from a professional centre in Norwich city and currently offer evening and day time appointments. Finding the right counsellor is important so I provide a reduced cost initial meeting for you to ask any questions, talk about what has brought you to counselling, and to discover if working with me feels right for you.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, meaning that I have been trained to a standard accredited by them, and abide by their code of professional ethics and practice. I have regular supervision and training to ensure that I am working to the best of my abilities in the best interests of my clients. I hold professional insurance and an enhanced DBS.

Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling Qualifications

Masters Degree in Counselling - University of East Anglia

Post Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling - University of East Anglia

Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology - Oxford Brookes University

Counselling and Mental Health Experience

6 years experience providing;

  • one to one counselling to adults and adolescents working with 4 mental health and further education organisations in Norwich
  • running group support sessions for mental health conditions
  • developing and delivering training on counselling and mental health

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

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

  • Initial 30 minute meeting £20
  • Regular 50 minute counselling session £45
  • Concession prices for counselling students in personal therapy

Further information

You are very welcome to email or call me to arrange a free, no-obligation chat over the phone about what I offer, or to arrange an initial appointment. As I will be with clients in session the majority of the time, the best way to contact me is email, and then we can arrange a time to talk over the phone or in person. If you do contact me by phone please leave a message on my voicemail and I will return your call.

Norwich
Norfolk
NR2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

The office I work from does have a flight of stairs leading up to it.

Availability

I currently have appointments available on Thursdays and Fridays.

Types of client

Young people
Adults

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Martha O' Brien M.A MBACP

Martha O' Brien M.A MBACP