Shelley Treacher MA Counselling Psychology MBACP(accred)
Anxiety & Loneliness
Is worry keeping you awake?
Are you feeling hopeless, lonely, perhaps even that life is meaningless?
Worrying about finances, what to do, relationships and what’s going to happen, can leave you anxious, frozen, or depressed. Online or telephone help is available now.
- 60 minute 1:1, one off or weekly counselling psychotherapy sessions to talk through anxiety, fears, grief, loneliness, binge eating. A series of sessions will help you to manage the situation more fully and deeply.
- 5 week structured programme ‘Understanding your Eating’ for frustration with comfort or binge eating
- 7 week structured programme ‘Making Love a Reality’ This is particularly empowering for single people living in isolation
- Ongoing support thereafter
Ask me for more information on how I can help you. Let's get you to a place of ease, where you can manage this lockdown with confidence.
Counselling Psychotherapy can help you to:
- To rest, recover and feel calmer.
- To develop stability in your relationships & at work.
- To explore strategies for managing anxiety, compulsive eating, relationship, or chronic loneliness.
- To gain self respect, strength, confidence and clarity.
Sessions taking place now online and by telephone
I specialise in working with anxiety, self confidence, loneliness, abandonment, feeling 'needy', codependency, relationship concerns, and binge,comfort or food addiction. I offer individual therapy and groupwork.
Individual Adult Psychotherapy. Main counselling and psychotherapy issues worked with
The areas that I work with on a daily basis are:
anxiety, feeling low, depression, grief, family issues, relationship (or lack of), abandonment, feeling lonely or 'needy', divorce/separation, toxic dating or relationship dynamics, self confidence, and comfort eating or binge eating disorder.
My website gives you more in depth information about how therapy might look.
You are in control of whether you are here short term for a small amount of support, or longer term for a more in depth and lasting understanding of yourself.
GROUPS AND STRUCTURED PROGRAMMES
Understand comfort and binge eating
Are you thinking ” I don’t care!” , just before a binge?
Do you feel disappointment, shame, self disgust, or avoid people because of your eating and weight?
But you’ve tried dieting and it hasn’t worked?
Dieting alone is not effective for the emotional overeater.
The 'Understanding your eating' programme will help you:
- Explore and understand your eating, with support
- Learn strategies to manage your eating, and other ways to cope with how you feel
- Gain self compassion, respect and ways to treat yourself better.
- 1:1 sessions, or small, intimate, supportive group, to really talk about this, with people who get it.
- Short or long term support, in person or online
Are you a comfort eater?
Watch my video below and Take my quiz:
More on understanding your comfort or binge eating below.
'Making Love a Reality' programme
This is particularly empowering for single people living in isolation
If you’ve been experiencing any of the following:
- A hole or knot in your stomach, or depression, through isolation
- Feeling the sting of being single, especially in lockdown
- Feeling destined to be alone forever
- Shame or thinking you're 'weak' for feeling ‘needy,‘
- Feeling drained from supporting everyone else
This 7 week programme is an extremely effective way of taking you from hopelessness and despair to:
- Drastically reduce feeling lonely and hopeless
- Understanding blocks you may have to being loved.
- Stopping toxic relationship patterns, attractions and obsessions
- Creating more supportive friendships and relationships
- Feeling more 'yourself', fulfilled and confident
This programme will help you to turn your loneliness around
Initial contact welcome by text, email or telephone.
Training, qualifications & experience
Main training and experience
I have been training and working in counselling and psychotherapy with individuals and groups, since 1996. I have worked in private practice in Bristol since 2003. I graduated from my MA in Counselling Psychology in 2003. I gained my professional accreditation with the BACP in July 2014.
Referrals & Testimonials
Many of my clients, colleagues and friends have recommended my work to people they know.
Please see my website and facebook page for testimonials.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As well as the above I have in depth experience in working with the following:
- Mood swings
- Boundaries/saying No/personal goals
- Dating Confidence, being single, attracting the wrong/ right partners
- Feeling stuck or unfocussed
- Fulfilling potential and personal vitality
- Comfort eating, stress eating, food addiction
- Understanding and integrating intense alternative health treatment responses (acupuncture, homeopathy, craniosacral, shamanic practice, etc..)
- Physical tension, illness, disease and pain
- ME and CFS
£1 per minute, or £60 for the hour.
Understanding Your Eating Introductory Course 5 weeks. £200/ early bird £180.
Sign up here for 'Making Love a Reality' support and newsletter:
Subscribe here for tips on how to understand and manage your eating: https://mailchi.mp/d90e46ba7ffc/managebingeeating
Covid 19 Support Groups
Two Support Groups:
- Meet with people in the same boat
- To share what's going on for you
- In a facilitated & managed, supportive group
- During Covid 19 social isolation
Covid 19 Support Groups cost £10, on Zoom, for 1 hour, weekly.
Covid 19 Support Group 1 - Support for loneliness
This is for people who are isolating completely alone
Covid 19 Support Group 2 - Support for people frustrated with overeating
Taking care of your mental health in Covid 19 isolation
Working with clients online over the past few weeks, since the Corona Virus hit the UK, there’s one thing I’ve noticed above all. In the words of one client:
”Talking gave me permission to understand what I’m feeling”
As one writer put it, we went from 60 to 0, in just a few days. Consequently, this has had an emotional effect on all of us, in one way or another.
From feeling uncertain and under threat, as is normal for our species, most of us went into fight or flight.
As a result, some people went into massive productivity, with exercise, new hobbies, and creating ways to help. Some people went into freeze, quiet and needing space. Others felt emotional, sensitive, tearful, frightened. Some welcomed the chance to slow down. Some went into denial. And some of us exerienced all of these at a rapid rate.
How you feel is not necessarily how another person feels. Similarly, how one person copes isn’t right for everyone. All of these responses are human, normal and vallid.
For those who are struggling in any way at the moment, the first thing I’m noticing that’s really helping, is acknowledging, giving permission to, and expressing, how we actually feel, in Corona Virus related loneliness. Preferably to someone who can remain impartial. Therefore, this is a good time to choose to be someone who cares how you feel.
Give yourself time to adjust. Don’t be surprised if you’re more tired than usual, need more space, or are more tetchy or compulsive than usual.
Handle one thing at a time. Moment to moment. Bit by bit. Day by day.
You’ll go through what you go through. We all will. You will still be who you are.
Notice self criticism or ‘shoulds’ (I should be working harder, I should be making the most of this time, I should speak to all my friends on Whatsapp, I should be ok…)
Corona Virus related loneliness & compulsive behaviours
Many of my clients in solo isolation are missing touch and feeling disconnected. However, you may also be feeling this, even in a room full of family. This is a time when we may be triggered into our deepest worries, our most familiar wounds, our most painful patterns, and our compulsive behaviours. The hoarding that went on is a prime example of this. You might find that your usual obsessions are ramped up at the moment.
I'm here for you to talk to.
Shelley Treacher MA BACP Accred.
I am an experienced and well qualified counsellor and psychotherapist,
Are you a comfort eater?
The Understanding your Eating programme is designed for people who are aware that their overeating is driven by emotions rather than by hunger.
This programme is not a diet programme. I will not be weighing you or telling you what to eat, or how much, or when. I think you probably know all that information already. Instead the program helps you to explore how you eat to deal with your feelings.
Dieting alone is not effective for the comfort eater.
How to get started
Contact me via the contact form here. I will then send you more information, to give you an idea of how I can help.
Ready to talk
Book a short telephone call with me if you want to connect with me first, or have questions
Ready to start
Book an assessment session. Everyone starts with an initial individual assessment session with me. Here, you can expect to receive support and be encourged to explore. You will gain some enlightenment and understanding of your eating, and how to start to tackle it. This will start to point you in the right direction.
You can work with me individually, or in a group, in person, or online.
There is much to suggest that group work, bonding with your peers, and receiving that extra support, is the most effective way forward.
Online with or without camera, or by telephone.
If you choose to work individually with me, our sessions will be more tailored to your individual needs. Some people like to work with more structure, some people need more time to talk and explore. Both are possible here.
5 weeks, 90 minutes each week
Online via Zoom
Contact me for more inforation
Shelley Treacher on 07702 188676 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Body Centred Psychotherapy
Body centred psychotherapy relieves distress or tension, and gets to the heart of an issue very quickly.
Having studied therapies since 1996. the most effective way I have found for relieving tension and emotional distress is body centred psychotherapy.
This is therapy that includes the body, as well as that which other counselling approaches focus on (the patterns of the mind, emotions and behaviour), and works to relieve emotional distress through the body's experience.
How body centred psychotherapy works
Anxiety, stress, anger, sadness, fear, illness, physical pain, immobilisation, dissociation, panic attacks, inability to focus, etc. all begin in the body. These can be overwhelming experiences and start to affect areas of a person's life, if not attended to.
Body centred psychotherapy helps you to be able to be able to handle and manage this process. The result is much more stability, confidence and happiness.
More information on body centred psychotherapy
Please see my website for more in depth descriptions of how this therapeutic approach may help you.
Frequency and duration of sessions
Counselling and psychotherapy sessions are usually weekly and last for an hour. It is possible to have sessions more often, or for longer than an hour.
After the initial session clients usually commit to a few sessions (4-6) at a regular time and then we review your situation. Both short term and long term therapy is available here.
This is how therapy works best, but during Covid 19, sessions may be briefer or less regular, particularly if you are a front line worker.