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Shirley Higham Reg MBACP

Brighouse, West Yorkshire, HD6
07340 133791 07340 133791
Brighouse, West Yorkshire, HD6

About me

"If an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends. If broken by an inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from the inside" - Jim Kwik

I love a good quote, I find they often say enough to reach inside a person and tug at something there which needs a response. You had that feeling ? is there something there that needs you to respond, needs your attention? feeling lost, alone, don't know yourself anymore.. this feeling just won't go away... if anything it keeps getting bigger but you don't know what, or even if you can fix it.

To me, this is what counselling is... you knowing that something just isn't right at this time, and you know that you cant "fix" this one alone.

We talk, it sounds simple and in one respect it is, but in counselling we talk in a different way -  and as our professional relationship develops you'll understand what I mean. If you've had counselling before, or if not, the aim of our work together is to give you the chance to find your way through the challenges, to experiment with solutions, maybe take a step back.. but then find your way. And when you find that way, when you "fix" what you feel needs to be fixed, or at least some of it - then our work together has been worth it.

I am a person centred counsellor, I won't pretend I know everything about your challenges, you are the expert on that and what you bring shapes our time together - I will listen so I can learn, encourage, support and through the development of our relationship, enable you to make the changes you want to make, at your own pace without pressure or judgement.

As I said, talking.. it sounds simple. Will your egg be broken by an outside or inside force, that can be up to you...

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications to date are

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Bsc (Hons) Behavioural Science

Access to Nursing and Social Work Training

Experience of working in the voluntary sector

In addition to my clients in private practice I have several years experience working with adults and families who have been exposed to a variety of challenging situations that have resulted in them seeking additional support, most recently;

Mosaic II - Here I worked as a volunteer counsellor offering support and stability to adults who were survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

As part of my time with this charity I gained further insight and professional development through attending training on issues surrounding sexual abuse such as;

  • Sexual abuse: the impact on family members and survivors
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Perpetrators: targeting and grooming
  • Perpetrators: how they are managed by the police
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Self Harm and Suicide
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • and further training on Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Homestart

Here I worked in the community with parents who were finding parenting a challenge or who were struggling with issues such as isolation and depression along with support in developing parenting skills such as bonding, nutrition and safeguarding.

As a Registered Member of the BACP (reg no 380428) I work within its ethical guidelines, a part of which being to undertake a minimum of 30 hrs CPD training a year.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Further issues I can support :

Identity

Loss

Self Awareness

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

The initial consultation is free  by phone and takes up to 30 mins

Our sessions then are £40 for up to an hour

Trainee Counsellors £30

Concessions are available, please ask.

I offer short and long term counselling, working with your needs being the priority.

Workshops - costs dependent on individual or organisation, please contact for further information.

Further information

Workshops

I have plenty of experience of developing and delivering workshops to a variety of service users, the most recent of which being Sure Start Children's Centres and in the conference room at my base in Brighouse.

The subjects are varied ranging from anxiety, stress, self esteem to self awareness or assertiveness to name but a few each of which being tailored to suit the organisation or the interest of a particular groups needs.

The workshops are delivered in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere with lots of participation and activities to embed learning and encourage continuation and further personal development into the future.

Male Clients

I have experience of working with male clients and am aware of the shift in what it means to be a man in todays world and the challenges that presents. I am keen to encourage more men to seek counselling as a means to not only support themselves but to also further reduce stigma and acceptance of counselling as a place for men to learn to thrive. I provide a safe, confidential place for you to openly and honestly talk about what you need to talk about but perhaps have not been able for reasons such as fear, ridicule or just not knowing how. We can find a way, try new things and get you back to being the you you want to be, not who you're expected to be.

Being a Registered Member of the BACP and working within its ethical guidelines also means I  am fully insured and attend monthly supervision to support my development and to keep you safe.

I have an enhanced DBS.

Brighouse
West Yorkshire
HD6

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages none

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

ground floor, car park to side of building

Availability

Due to the current situation with Coronavirus (Covid-19) I am working via FaceTime or phone. Please contact me for my current availability and I will be as flexible as possible.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Shirley Higham Reg MBACP

Shirley Higham Reg MBACP