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Philippa Parker MBACP (Registered)

About me

I am a warm & experienced counsellor offering affordable counselling with a low cost 1st session. I welcome people with a wide range of issues -please see testimonials below. I also counsel trainees. Evening/daytime appointments are available.

I have a private practice at home with a separate entrance to my counselling room which overlooks a peaceful & private garden within walking distance from the centre of Frome. On street parking is always available & appointments can be arranged for either daytime or evenings.

At our initial meeting we can discuss exactly what you feel you might need at this time & see if we can find a way forward together. 

I offer both short term counselling – which may be goal oriented or solution focused – or open ended counselling where more time can be used for deeper self exploration. Sessions always include a regular review of how the counselling is going.

I also work as an Accredited Bereavement Counsellor with a national charity & I therefore have an enhanced DBS ((Disclosure & Barring Service) check.

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Counselling offers the opportunity to talk completely privately & confidentially in a safe & accepting environment. Sometimes just talking with a counsellor and feeling understood can restore hope when things might seem hopeless. Counselling offers support in times of uncertainty & change but it can also help you to gain greater insight about your life right now so that you can move forward with more clarity & confidence. Counselling can help you find new resources & possibilities within yourself but any choices you make will always be yours.

Creating the world we want is a much more subtle but more powerful mode of operation than destroying the one we don’t want’ Marianne Williamson

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Testimonials:

'After contacting many other counsellors in the area I was impressed by the warmth and kindness I felt after I spoke to you on the phone. It was an easy decision to choose you. I felt quite different after the first session from the other counselling I have had in the past. This was mainly a feeling of ease and comfort, partly to do with not having any real difficulties with presenting issues. It just felt real and warm'. James, Midsomer Norton.

'I felt held and accepted with warmth & compassion. I was surprised how at ease I was with a counsellor I had not known for long. Her depth of understanding & lack of judgement enabled me to come to my own conclusions & to trust my gut and inn turn trust life. I found this empowering & it helped me to be less influenced by the opinions of others' Julie, Frome.

Counselling with Philippa not only offered a space to talk and some practical tools but she also intuited that a certain book would be right for me. The recommended book was very helpful & got me through a very black time.’ Kate, Frome

What helped most was the empathy – not sympathy. Even though the world felt dreadful, I had found someone who would listen without judging. It gave me hope that I was not going mad & that perhaps, with time, I could recover. I finished counselling when I reached a point where I felt I could move forward on my own. I would consider coming back if things got bad again.’ Mike, Westbury

‘Philippa encouraged me to go only as far as I felt safe doing.  This isn't to say that she didn't challenge me - she did but I always felt reassured by the knowledge that she wanted only for me to grow securely and at my own pace.  As well as talking, we worked creatively together using objects, sand and my own artwork/models & the meanings they contained were always genuinely, carefully and warmly honoured by Philippa, as were all the ideas and feelings I brought to her.  She helped me to see that the expression of something, however frightening or horrifying to me, was an important step towards understanding myself and to healing and she gave me courage to look more deeply into my self.’  Caroline, Frome

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors/Psychotherapy) & the PSA Accredited Register

CBT for Anxiety, Panic Disorders & Depression

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Accredited Bereavement Counsellor

Managing Support Group for Bereaved for 5 years

Foundation Art Therapy

As a member of the BACP I abide by their professional ethical framework & receive regular professional supervision.

I work within a humanistic/person centred framework but my training is integrative which means I can draw upon a number of different disciplines which inform my approach to best suit my client as a unique individual & the specific difficulties he/she faces. I also use CBT techniques where appropriate.

Integrative:

Humanistic
: person centred – putting the client at the centre of the counselling experience & looking at how we can work together to engage with what’s going on now.

Psychodynamic: understanding how patterns from the past may impact upon the present both negatively & positively.

Transpersonal: a way of being & holding which is both reflective & soulful.

CBT: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – identifying & rectifying current negative thoughts & patterns which influence both our feelings & behaviour in the present.

All of us are looking to resolve the difficulties in our life but we are all so much more than just our problems & often our symptoms speak for us unless we give ourselves a time & place to express our innermost feelings & longings.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Guilt & Shame
Isolation & Loneliness
General Dissatisfaction & Loss of Meaning in life


I have experience of working with people with learning disabilities

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transpersonal psychology

Fees

£35-£45 (depending on financial circumstances & negotiable with trainees)

Initial consultation £20

Fees payable at the end of each session or bank transfers in advance on the morning of the appointment date

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

Online or Telephone counselling also available.

I regularly practice yoga, Qi Gong & meditation/relaxation. Continuous professional development & training, underpinned by many years experience of personal therapy, support my practice.

Be the change you wish to see in the world’ Mahatma Ghandi

2 Parkhill Drive
Frome
Somerset
BA11 2LE

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

There are a couple of steps to my front door and a side path to my counselling room with some small steps at either end

Availability

Evenings and Daytime

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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