I offer you a space to be heard, where you can feel safe and connected. You and your needs for counselling are important. You can share the weight of your worries, the unbearable sadness of losing someone you love, of how hard it seems to go on living and feel worth while again; it may be that you want to make sense of your relationships, feel less distress and relieve anxiety. Whatever you are feeling, I can listen and together we can understand what you need from therapy and that becomes our focus. Your individuality and particular issues are held in the space, that is for you to bring and express in a way and at a pace that feels right for you. All of you is welcome, I believe every person is beautiful in the light of their own meaning. Please read further down about how counselling can help.
I am a qualified counsellor, experienced in working with adults, face to face, online and by telephone. I offer a non-judgemental space for you to be heard, explore your experiences and issues, your situation, difficulties and sense of yourself, so that you may reduce your distress, grow in self-awareness and are empowered to move towards change or acceptance. I offer an Integrative Approach to counselling, bringing together professional knowledge and approaches to human needs in relationship, emotional and psychological processes, in a therapeutic relationship that recognises and values your uniqueness and individual experiences. Working together to understand your needs, we can collaborate ways of working in sessions that feel helpful to the process, which can include creative expression and exploration, using images, photos, writing, story, collage, natural materials, if you choose. We can think together about ways that can develop and support a sense of safety and calm in your body and mind.
I recognise that choosing a counsellor isn’t easy and maybe you have previous therapy experiences that are steering you, or maybe this is the first time, the first step you are taking to find a therapist, the first time thinking about what you would want in a counsellor. Connecting with what you need and want, as you take this step, at this time, is not necessarily easy either. If I am the first or if I am in a line of counsellors that you have contacted, please take hope that you are moving towards meeting those needs and keep going in your search. I offer a space for you to share and think about your needs, to think together about what felt helpful and unhelpful from any previous experiences of therapy, or from what you know about counselling. This may help you in finding meaningful connection and the right support for you now.
In recognition of understanding the importance of commitment to the therapeutic process, I offer for us to have a fifteen minute telephone call, at no charge, to give an opportunity for us to consider your reasons for needing counselling at this time, together with your availability and any expectations or questions you may have about counselling sessions with me. Thereafter, if I can, I will offer you an available time and day that, if you choose to proceed, will be held each week as a space for you, for as long as we agree and you choose to attend. This day and time will not be offered to anyone else, nor will any other counsellor stand in for me.
Please contact me by email RBurrows@protonmail.com or text 07927 016754 to arrange for a telephone call that will help us decide if we might be a good fit.
How can counselling help?
The therapeutic relationship can help with feeling safe and connected. This is something each of us needs for healthy functioning and emotional regulation. This can help with making sense of experiences in relationships and provide understanding of your needs in relationships.
Talking to someone you trust can help you to find new ways to cope with difficulties. Counselling is a way of exploring what feeling sad, angry, isolated, vulnerable, happy, safe or coping is like for you. Anxiety, fear, distress, and pain can be alleviated when you feel safe enough to explore shame, guilt, anger and associated feelings. Being together in what you are experiencing and receiving acceptance in the therapeutic relationship can make the changes you want seem possible.
Clients express (paraphrased to protect and respect anonymity) that they:
can manage anxiety better
don't feel so overwhelmed
feel more balanced and settled
don't need to blame themselves any more
feel better about themselves inside
can trust themselves
being able to talk, just share and hear themselves feels good
feel more open to thinking about things differently
memories are not overwhelming now - they can move along in their day
can understand why they were so angry
can notice how they feel and its OK
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Working towards Level 6 Qualification
Additional & ongoing training & professional development in:
- Counselling online & by telephone - full training undertaken
- The impact of covid-19 on relationships, healthcare & trauma
- Working with Domestic Violence & Abuse
- Working with trauma - traumatic memories & triggers
- Neuroscience - trauma, relationships & regulation
- Integration of mind, body & brain
- Person-centred creative arts & creative exploration in counselling
- Sexuality & Gender Identity
- Attachments in relationship
- Relational Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
I am experienced in working with a variety of client's presenting issues, life stages, significant life events and difficulties, around:
anxiety, depression, disability, health issues & medical diagnosis, bereavement & loss, self-concept, self-doubt, self-worth, emotional overwhelm, life purpose, family dynamics, close relationships, sexuality, identity, shame, difference, exclusion, depression, anger, alcohol & drug use, sexual needs & behaviour, relational trauma, adverse childhood experiences, educational experiences, bullying, friendships, boundaries in relationships, safety & connection in relationships, chronic pain, loneliness, rejection, fear, work relationships, uncertainty, responsibility, independence, autonomy, retirement, body image, separation & divorce, the criminal justice system, discrimination, criticism, expectations, child separation, suicidal thoughts and self-harm.
I have experienced clients being able to connect, express themselves and explore meaning in ways that feel helpful for them through words, drawing, exploration of colour, images and objects to represent their feelings, sense of self and their experiences.
I am an Associate member of APCCA (Association for Person Centred Creative Arts) promoting mental health, emotional wellbeing and creativity through the therapeutic use of creative arts, and I integrate approaches of the APCCA, where the principles are that creative art work is free from judgement, assessment or external interpretation of the therapist.
Together we have thought about how to explore - sometimes a pen and paper, the structure of a diagram, a mind map, or focus on a task can bring new self-awareness. These ways of working are available to you and can be adapted for working online or by telephone, should you wish to do so.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Weekly sessions are 50 minutes
Fortnightly sessions are 75 minutes
During these difficult times of increased uncertainty and anxiety as we navigate the impact of COVID-19, I am offering:
Weekly online or telephone £30 per session
Fortnightly online or telephone £45 per session
Weekly face-to-face sessions, when safe to do so, £40 per session
Fortnightly face-to-face sessions, when safe to do so, £60 per session
Student / Trainee counsellors weekly sessions £30 per session