Polly Singer (MBACP Accred; Dip.Couns)
**Online and telephone counselling available** Whatever brings you to counselling, I will aim to help you feel valued, heard and understood. I can help you identify the challenges you are experiencing, discover ways to cope and to move forward in meaningful ways. I see my role as empowering you to heal, rediscover your strengths and increase your ability to trust yourself. I will value you as a unique, complex individual who brings with you all of your experiences, hurts, worries, joys and desires. Together, we will work collaboratively and with care, to help you achieve what you want from the therapeutic process.
I have significant experience working with:
- panic attacks
- trust issues
- relationship break-up
- childhood neglect and abuse
- domestic abuse
- sexual identity issues
My particular expertise is working with bereavement, grief, losses and life transitions of all kinds. Whilst I think that it is important that I provide you with a sense of the types of issues I have most experience working with, it is important to me to also say that I am interested to know you as a unique, multi-faceted individual. I believe that everyone is far more than the intersections of their lived experiences.
In addition to my private counselling practice I work as a supervisor and accredited trainer for Cruse Bereavement Care. I am an accredited member of the Foundation for Infant Loss having undertaken pregnancy, stillbirth and infant loss training in 2017. I have previously worked as a counsellor for a domestic abuse service, supporting people who have experienced domestic abuse and sexual violence to begin to understand, come to terms with and move forwards from their experiences.
I care deeply about my work and I will endeavour to provide you with the best possible experience of counselling. As an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Accred) I am committed to upholding their professional standards and abiding by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I hold full professional indemnity insurance.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MBACP Accred - Registered Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (accredited by the National Counselling Society)
- Certificate in Foundations of Counselling (accredited by the National Counselling Society)
- Accredited Pregnancy and Infant Loss Counselling Professional (Foundation for Infant Loss Training)
- Certificate in Awareness in Bereavement Care (Cruse Bereavement/ Ascentis)
- MA (Hons) Aegean Archaeology (Research Track)
Examples of Further Training:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Metaphor and Therapeutic Encounter
- Working with Suicide and Suicidal Ideation
- Autism Awareness
- Human Trafficking Awareness
- Certificate in Learning and Development (Edexcel)
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have particular experience in working with loss, life transitions and grief of all kinds.
I offer a reduced price initial 50 minute assessment session where we can decide if we would like to work together and can also discuss practical issues such as confidentiality.
I charge £50.00 per hour for face to face counselling. If you are on a reduced income or have financial challenges we may be able to agree a reduced fee.
**Online and telephone appointments available**
Following your initial assessment you can book weekly sessions or we can negotiate a pattern that works for you. Daytime, evening and (limited) weekend sessions are available for both short and long term work.
I am an accredited registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am committed to upholding their professional standards and abiding by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I hold full professional indemnity insurance.
I work from private, ground-floor premises in Nether Edge, S11 which are easily accessible by car or number 56 bus.