Shelley Benson Dip Couns, MBACP.
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 red 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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual Counselling £40 for 60 minutes
Children under 16 years £25 for 60 minutes
Students £30 for 60 minutes
Couples £60 for 60 minutes