Naomi Kefford Dip. Couns., MSC (Psych), MBACP
I have many years of experience working with bereavement and, as a counsellor, I am increasingly aware that 'loss' also occurs in many other ways. When people suffer relationship break-ups, divorce, career changes, retirement, empty nests, illness and disability, to name but a few, there can be the same feelings of hopelessness, struggle, loss of identity, loss of purpose and loss of future. Put simply: "This is not how it was supposed to be!". I have worked with a full range of adults, both individually and in groups, from young to the elderly. I am aware that depression, anxiety, confusion and lack of direction can happen at any age and any time of life.
I have a particular interest in relationships, both past and present. Relationship difficulties can affect confidence and happiness, and can be present in families, friendships and the work place. I offer a space to explore these challenges, both with individuals and couples, who may benefit from a neutral place to explore relationship difficulties together.
My background in teaching has given me an increased insight into the demands of family life, whether the families are together or separated, and also an understanding of the pressure and stress that supporting children can bring, and the strains that this can put on relationships.
Training, qualifications & experience
My formal qualifications are a Diploma in Counselling and a Masters in Psychology. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I have worked with Cruse Bereavement Care for over 11 years, offering support to bereaved people, and as a supervisor and trainer. I work with individuals and I facilitate support groups.
I work as a counsellor in a charity counselling agency, which offers both long and short term therapy, and I worked as a counsellor at the Centre for Wellbeing at the University of Surrey, which offers shorter term therapy to students and staff.
I have training in working with sudden and traumatic death, clients affected by suicide and couples counselling.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Behaviour problems
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Individuals £50 per session (50 mins)
Couples £75 per 50 minute session, £110 per 90 minute session
I offer a reduced price for a first session, payable on the day, and a discount for blocks of six sessions when paid in advance. Payment is by cash, cheque or bank transfer (if set up prior to the session), all payable on the day of the session.
I am open to, and experienced in, working with clients for different lengths of time. I prefer to be guided by the client's wishes, but am also happy to review and discuss what might be appropriate and helpful. I see my role as being alongside someone for 'part of their journey', for as long as they find the work useful and supportive.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays and evenings. Weekend appointments are available.
Types of client