"I believe that we will meet each other in the context of where we are in the life process, previous experience, imaginings of the future, and not defined by our age or presenting symptoms."
The power of feeling properly listened to by an empathetic professional outsider is immense, both for symptom relief from emotional distress and personal development and enrichment. I offer you a safe, comfortable and contained space where, together, we will make sense of what is going on for you, identify your needs and wishes and plan together for you to get the most out of your life. Positive change is real and possible, given the right conditions.
I am an Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor which means I use a variety of techniques and approaches (for example imagery and creative media) to suit you as we tailor make your treatment plan together towards the goals that are identified. I believe that the therapeutic relationship between the counsellor and client is the key to success and this is a very individual 'fit'. My core theoretical model is Transactional Analysis which is a modern psychodynamic approach but I incorporate many other approaches too such as CBT, creative methods. You can find more details about my approach on my website.
What sorts of issues I can help you with:
- Low confidence and self esteem.
- Social isolation.
- Relationship issues such as divorce.
- Work stress.
- Managing life change such as retirement.
- Grief and loss.
- Managing long term health conditions.
- Psychological accommodation to ageing.
How we will work together
I offer both short term and long term face to face work. We will start with an 'assessment' and from there draw up an agreement about how we will work together. Sessions are usually weekly.
At the moment, during the pandemic, I am offering counselling via Zoom, email or telephone. I am based on the West of the Wirral and hope to be able to resume face to face work, in addition to online and telephone after the vaccine roll out. You can find more details of how we will work together on my website www.roselewiscounselling.weebly.com
I am very flexible in my consulting hours. I am fully professionally supervised, insured and hold data protection certification. I abide by the Code of Ethics for the BACP. Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions about any of this.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I have a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling from the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy (a BACP Accredited course). As part of the course, I have received three years of personal therapy myself. I have varied counselling experience; working in a busy GP Surgery, voluntary sector work with young adults living with disability and am currently working as a volunteer with Cruse (bereavement charity).
As part of my professional development, and requirement for the BACP I undertake regular training. I have completed the Cruse Bereavement Care Course and ongoing CPD, Counselling Tutor's Certificate in Telephone and Online Counselling, and the European Psychiatry Association's Introduction to CBT.
I have previously worked as a Social Worker (I have a Diploma in Social Work) with older people and draw upon this, as well as my own personal experience of health related issues.
I have an MSc. in Applied Social Studies (Oxford University) and published original research into spouses caring for a partner with dementia. My first degree was in Social and Political Studies (Cambridge University).
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
Concessions offered for
My fees are £35 per session which last 50 minutes. I can offer reduced fees in certain circumstances. Please do ask. The first session is for the purpose of assessment and generally lasts an hour and is charged at £20. I have a 48 hour cancellation policy but will be endeavour to reschedule. I take payment prior to the session via Bacs or Paypal.
Monday to Friday 9.30 - 6pm. Evenings and weekends may be available by special arrangement.