B.Ed (Hons), Adv. Dip in Counselling, MBACP
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My name is Shirley and I have worked as a counsellor for 18 years. I would say the majority of my work concerns those struggling with anxiety and the stress that their anxious thoughts creates within them disabling their ability to concentrate, sleep, cope with their homelife, their relationships, their job. Anxiety comes in all shapes and sizes depending on from what it is the person has promoted fear. I help my clients to explore their story, to understand what is happening within and without them and to find ways to manage it better.
I am a warm and compassionate person and offer a professional, confidential, respectful and non-judgmental space.
I have worked with both short term and long term clients and I am happy to work at the client’s pace. Each session lasts an hour.
I am a registered, accredited member of BACP and follow their ethical framework.
I am an integrative counsellor:I use a variety of approaches to suit the client’s needs. I am grounded in the Person-centred approach, but also use Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, CBT, Compassion Focused Therapy and REBT.
I listen carefully to understand your world and how you understand it. I explore thought patterns and feelings; childhood experiences, family context and work context and how that has informed your way of being in the present. Together we will explore new ways of understanding that will enable you to make new choices and move forward.
My earlier years as a counsellor focussed on psychological and emotional loss. Loss through change, death, separation, divorce, health, low self-esteem, identity, abuse, broken relationships. But in recent years I have worked mainly with those who are experiencing loss of health through anxiety, stress and depression.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a B.Ed. (Hons) degree and previously worked as a teacher. I was often aware of the hidden emotional struggles that impaired the pupil’s learning, development and potential. Later through voluntary work in the church and community I came across much emotional, psychological and spiritual need and decided to train as a counsellor.
My Qualifications are:
Certificate in counselling skills
Certificate in counselling theory
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
BACP accreditation and on UK Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
* Completed theory course in 'Diploma in Supervision' with Leeds Centre for Psychological Development and worked under supervision as a supervisor to other counsellors.*
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Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
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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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling fees: £40 per 60 min session and Students £35
When I work
Monday - Friday 9am - 7.30pm
DBS checked (online)
Ongoing personal development