Philippa Parker MBACP (Registered)
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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'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.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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
£35-£45 (depending on financial circumstances & negotiable with trainees)
Initial consultation £20
Fees payable at each session
Online, email 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
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Evenings and Daytime
Types of client