My name is Shema, and I am a qualified counsellor, registered with the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
How I work
I am a pluralistic counsellor, which means I combine methods from different approaches into the formula which works best for you. We can discuss your own preferences and goals to understand how counselling can work for you.
I Have a Pluralistic Philosophy
I don’t believe that “one size fits all”. Instead, I believe that because your challenges and experiences are unique to you, they should be explored as such.
My role is to understand the world and how you are experiencing it from your point of view. Everything you say is confidential, and I’m not here to judge anything you say. My job is to create an environment in which you feel safe enough to explore anything you want without fear of judgment or shame. I will help you discover your own resources that may be hidden within, and to understand and heal any pain, anxiety, or other feelings that you do not want to carry.
Every Session is Unique
The structure of sessions along your counselling journey may vary as your needs vary. You may feel you’d like to focus more on your past during some sessions, and others more on present feelings and experiences. When and how much to explore is entirely your choice, and exploring the past isn’t always even necessary.
You don’t need a referral from your GP to start counselling, so waiting lists are far less typical. Contact me if you think that counselling is something you feel would benefit you.
If you would like to know more or discuss whether counselling may be right for you, please contact me by email or call me on 07761 489 931. If you call while I am with a client or otherwise unavailable, leave a message and I will return your call within two working days.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked with individuals ranging from 18 to 90+ years old, from all walks of life and varying backgrounds, and with a wide range of presenting issues, including:
- Anxiety and Stress
- Grief and Loss
- Depression, including Postnatal Depression
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Childhood Abuse
I have a level 5 DIP HE in Counselling (distinction), alongside online-specific training and qualifications certified by the National Counselling Society. I continually undergo continual professional development covering the wider counselling and psychotherapy sector.
Other courses and conferences attended (this is not a complete list)
- Single Session Therapy
- Using Creative Arts in Therapy
- Relationships and Regulation (Neuroscience Workshop)
- Imago Relationship Therapy
- Bereavement and Complex Grief
- Supporting & Counselling People Bereaved During the Covid-19 Pandemic
- Working with Trauma Online
- How to Overwrite Trauma Response
- Food, Mood and Food Art
- Shame and its Effects on Us
- Facilitating Guided Focusing
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
£55.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Free initial telephone consultation.
Each session: £55
Single Session Therapy: £65 – This is for one specific issue to be explored and resolved in one session, though not all presenting issues are suitable for this type of therapy.
Block of six sessions: £300
Individuals can make payments via bank transfer for online, telephone or in-person sessions. Cash is also accepted on the day for in-person sessions.
The office has free parking if you are driving and is easily accessible using public transport. There is a bus stop right outside the clinic.
Wheelchair access can be arranged but, please request this as not all the rooms are on the ground floor.