Roisin Elder MBACP

Roisin Elder MBACP

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About me

It is always an honour when people trust me to hold their deepest thoughts and feelings, and when the trust is rewarded with therapeutic breakthrougih. I provide a warm, accepting welcome for you and your experiences, which I will help you to explore non-judgmentally and sensitively. I also provide short term support for anxiety and depression.

I work at Mind and The Sue Lambert Trust as well as in private practice.

Counselling centred around you

As the key to progress is in developing a relationship of trust I work in the person centred approach where your experiences are are listened to, respected, and kept at the very centre of the therapy.

I can help you to navigate your most personal issues in your own way, at your own pace and as far as you feel you want to, with sensitivity and in complete confidence.

If you are considering talking with someone about things that are becoming too difficult to endure by yourself, you may find that a compassionate, empathic style of listening and counselling is helpful to gently work with even the most private issues.

I specialise in working with women and men suffering from

  • rape, sexual abuse, childhood sexual abuse and rape, and the ongoing traumas and difficulties created by this.


  • Acute Anxiety where quality of life has seriously diminished
  • Generalised Anxiety which can manifest as worry, confusion or fear
  • Depression, and feeling down, isolated or alone
  • Bereavement
  • Sexuality including issues around LGBT
  • Help with spiritual crises
  • I have worked with suicide attempt survivors and seen lives completely transform over time
  • I can offer mindfulness based meditation techniques if requested
  • Spiritual aspects of your experience are also welcomed

The empathetic counsellor helps the client to bring new aspects of themselves to awareness, helping the client to resolve their issues while providing caring support through difficulties.

Research provides evidence that a trusting therapeutic relationship is key to achieving personal change, so your choice of therapist is important. You can find out more about how I work with a free introductory session, and you are free to change your mind at any time.

Please see my website for more information.

I am registered with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) where you can also find my advertised listing.  www, is one of the main UK professional bodies and I adhere to their code of professional ethics and practice.

Training, qualifications & experience

Level 7 post graduate diploma in Counselling (The Norwich Centre for Personal Development)

BA (Hons) World Art History with Anthropology (University of East Anglia, Norwich)

BBC TV News I worked in the stimulating and demanding environment of live news for 15 years, including as a director of regional and national news programmes and as a short film-maker.

25 years study of psychology and philosophy (From Masters in the Tibetan, Zen and Theravadin traditions. See additional information below).

I work as a counsellor in a classically Person Centred approach as developed by Dr. Carl Rogers. This is purely in the Western Psychological model.

I specialise in working with people who have suffered rape and sexual abuse from my years working at The Sue Lambert Trust in Norwich. Their waiting list is currently full and closed.

I have additional experience from the years working with clients at Mind.

Additional information

I learned many mediation techniques over 25 years from highly respected and qualified Buddhist teachers, including The Dalai Lama, The Karmapa, Mingyur Rinpoche, Geshe Tashi Tsering, Lama Chime Rinpoche and many others. I studied and practised in London, Wales, the USA, France, Italy, Taiwan, India and Nepal.

Th techniques I teach and support don't require any interest, knowledge or belief in Buddhism, nor do they go against any tenets of any other religion or belief system. There are no mantras or ideas to take on. I do not teach Buddhism or advise about its practice.

I teach exercises to watch your mind which are often calming and with practice can be healing and provide insights into your own situation.

However part of my background in understanding the human condition is through 25 years of study of psychology and philosophy from many of the most eminent Buddhist masters in the world.

This includes graduating from an internationally recognised campus course with a highly qualified Tibetan Lama, Geshe Tashi Tsering of Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London, before he was promoted as Abbot of Sera Mey Monastic University in India.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Childhood sexual abuse

Acute anxiety

Spiritual crisis


My fees are £30 per session (50 minutes)

Evenings and Saturdays £40 per session

Home visits start at £50 per session

Concessions are available for people on low income

I offer discounts for multiple bookings to make mid and long term counselling more affordable. Please ask for details.

I offer a free introductory appointment. Please email me to arrange a free exploratory session. In the first instance I will contact you by email, then we can talk by phone or Skype to arrange your free initial appointment in person.

Skype/webcam counselling

If travel is difficult or for whatever reason you would like to have counselling online I can offer this service, locally, nationally or internationally. Please email me for details.

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Maps & Directions

Norwich, NR2

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I work weekdays from 9 until 3.30pm with some evening and weekend availability. Feel free to check times with me that might suit you best.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults