Rowena Slater Dip Couns. Cert Supervision, MBACP

Rowena Slater   Dip Couns. Cert Supervision, MBACP

About me

Hi, I'm Rowena, or preferably Ro.  Welcome to my profile, and thanks for taking the time to read it.

If you are reading this page, it may be that you are looking for a counsellor for yourself or someone close to you.  Here's a bit about me to help you decide if I might be what you are looking for.

I work in a very gentle way, which clients who are nervous when they first come for counselling say they find helpful.  I have over 12 years experience working as a counsellor and supervisor.  I work with both adults and young people who are experiencing current or past difficulties which are preventing them getting on with their lives.

Problems such as anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, self confidence or bereavement amongst other things.  For young people it may be school, peer pressure, friend issues or exam pressures.

I work in private practice in Wembury, just outside Plymouth, in a purpose built log cabin next to my home.  There is parking available and direct bus service from Plymouth city centre.

The approach I was trained in, is known as person centred.  However, this is not the only approach I use.  I can offer CBT which can be particularly useful for anxiety or depression.  I also offer some creative ways of working - drawing or painting for example, which can be very helpful for young people in particular.

I feel that the most important thing is to provide a safe space, undisturbed where someone can come along and talk about what is going on for them - the issues that are disrupting or disturbing their lives.  This is done is a gentle, non judgemental way, with you, the client talking about as much or as little as you find comfortable.

Finding a counsellor who 'fits' is a bit like buying a pair of shoes - you have to try before you decide.  To help us work out if we might 'fit', I offer a free 30 minute session, which give both of us an opportunity to decide if we think we can work together.

If we are both happy to work together, we will then discuss how often you want to come along (initially maybe once a week), and whether you think you want to focus on a particular issue, so counselling may be for a few sessions or whether its an ongoing situation and you want to leave it open ended.

I am happy to work with young people and teenagers, as long as this is supported by a parent or guardian.  I would work with the young person and their guardian in the first session to decide the best way to work together.

If you'd like to talk about counselling before making a decision please give me a call.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience

I have worked in a number of different organisations including the NHS as a counsellor in GP practice offering short term therapy.  I've also been a counsellor for young people in  schools and youth projects.  I have extensive experience of working with young people, particularly teenagers.  More recently I have worked for a local authority as part of an education inclusion team, supporting young people who are struggling within the education system.

I also work as a supervisor for trainee and qualified counsellors, as well as providing private supervision to both GPs and social workers.  I now work solely in private practice in Wembury.

Qualifications

  • Dip Counselling (Post graduate diploma in Person Centred Counselling and Therapy (Cornwall College/University of Plymouth)
  • Post graduate diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents
  • Post graduate Certificate in Person Centred Supervision
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding Training
  • Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

School refusal and school phobia.

Photos & videos

  • counselling room

Fees

Usually £40 per 50 minute session for individual counselling.

I hold some reduced fee places - please contact me to discuss.

Supervision is usually £52 per 1.5 hour session, but I offer a reduced rate for trainee counsellors - please call me to discuss.

Further information

I have lots of experience of counselling young people and teenagers and have worked extensively within the state education system for a number of years.  I understand the difficulties and pressures that young people experience at school, particularly during their GCSE and A level years.  This pressure can cause a lot of stress and anxiety for both young people and their families.

Maps & Directions

Plymouth, PL9

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: No

Ground floor premises with parking. One step up into counselling room.

Availability

Flexible appointments, including some evenings. Please call for availability

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults