About me

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

I work with generalised anxiety, depression, relationship issues, panic disorder, bereavement, workplace stress and other issues listed below. I specialise in counselling survivors of rape and sexual abuse. I also provide short term support.

Nearly everyone has difficulties at some point in their lives which can be helped by talking to a professional counsellor, and I aim to provide a warm, accepting welcome for you and your experiences which I will help you to explore non-judgmentally and sensitively.

I also work at The Sue Lambert Trust, specialising in rape and sexual abuse. I am a MIND Credentialed Therapist and you will find me on the local MIND website.

Counselling centred around you

As the key to progress in counselling is in developing a relationship of trust I work in the person centred approach where your experiences are primary. I listen attentively and respectfully without judgement, and your view is placed at the very centre of the process.

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.

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 teach you mindfulness based meditation techniques
  • i use Focusing techniques to help you safely experience your feelings
  • 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 £20 introductory session (daytime).

Please see my website www.roisinelder.com for more information.

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

Training, qualifications & experience

Mind Credentialed Therapist

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 live news production for 15 years, including as a director of regional and national news programmes and as a short film-maker.

25 years study of Eastern 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.  http://www.suelamberttrust

Member organisations


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

Childhood sexual abuse

Acute anxiety

Spiritual crisis

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Additional information

My fees are £40 per session. Concessions may be possible

Evenings and Saturdays £50

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

Introductory appointments start at £20 so you can come and meet me, and see how counselling feels for you.

Skype/Zoom or phone counselling during the pandemic

Visit www.roisinelder.com for more information


Weekdays from 9am, some evenings and limited Saturday appointments

Further information

I offer optional Mindfulness Meditation instruction when requested, if appropriate.

I learned many meditation techniques over 25 years from highly respected and qualified meditation teachers, including the Dalai Lama. I studied and practised in London, Wales, the USA, France, Italy, Taiwan, India and Nepal.

However, the techniques I teach and support don't require any knowledge or belief in Buddhism, nor do they go against any other religion or beliefs. There are no mantras or ideas to take on. I teach exercises to watch your mind which are often calming and with practice can be healing and provide insights into your own situation.

Please ask for details.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Zoom, Skype or phone during the pandemic. Otherwise Counselling is on the ground floor, the toilet is on the first floor. Free parking is available on the road outside.