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Dip Couns, MBACP

About me

My name is Shelley, I am in my early 40’s, a married mum of 1. I run Little Lounge Counselling, which is a warm, confidential, safe and non-judgement space, in which you are free to be yourself and talk at your own pace. There are no expectations or judgements, just room for you to be you - your space.

I work with many issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem, confidence, anger, and many other issues that affect ALL of us.

I also love working with children and seeing them grow & blossom when they have a safe space to explore how they feel.

I understand seeking help from someone can feel daunting. It takes a lot of strength to make this first step into seeking help with a new person in order to share and explore your concerns.

I believe that going to a Counsellor or Therapist when you are felling sad or overwhelmed should be as normal as going to the Mechanic when a warning light flashes up on your car.

I am Humanist/Person Centred Counsellor and use other modalities in my practise to help you tackle your challenges and feel better & more confident.

I started my working career as a hairdresser, which is where I first found my love of helping people feel better about themselves. It helped me realise that assisting people to manage their life is where my passion lies and so I studied personal development for many years and then retrained as a counsellor.

I feel that working so closely with people of all varying ages, experiencing all manners of life's difficulties, plus my own personal life experiences, for so many years has given me an understanding and deep empathy for how many grey areas there are in life.

Training, qualifications & experience

Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills-2012-Certificate

Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (QCF)-2013-Certificate

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (QCF)-2014-Certificate

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling-2019-Certificate

Transactional Analysis 101-2018-Certificate

Place2Be Volunteer Counsellor Introduction & Safeguarding Training-2017-Certificate of Attendance

Place2Be Volunteer Introductory Workshop-2017-Certificate of Attendance

Suicide Awareness & Prevention Course-2018-no Certificate

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Individual Counselling £40 for 50 minutes

Children under 12 years £30 for 50 minutes

Students £30 for 50 minutes

Couples £70 for 50 minutes

When I work

Free 15minutes chat, to see if I am some one you would like to work with.

Tuesday-Friday 11-8pm

Saturday 9-12pm

Belvedere, DA17

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Additional languages

none