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Do you feel alone with your problem? Therapy can help you...
- Are you feeling anxious, suffering from symptoms of stress or have low mood and need to talk to someone who will listen to you and understand your experience?
- Do you think that you need support to overcome a difficulty or come to terms with a life event, such as a bereavement, trauma or loss?
- Do you have relationship difficulties?
I will support you to explore whatever is troubling you in a way which is at your pace and in an environment which is safe, confidential and in which you will feel secure enough to begin to make the changes you want to make in your life, cope with events which you are dealing with, or perhaps look together to resolve issues which you have struggled with for some time.
Hello. I am Shona.
Going for therapy is a big step and it can help to know a little about your therapist before you meet them. I have a background in teaching, human resources and training in private and third sectors before I trained and qualified as a counselling therapist. I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I follow the BACP Ethical Framework and I have regular clinical supervision to ensure that I am providing the best therapeutic support for my clients.
One of the most important things for someone starting therapy to know is that he or she will really be listened to. I know how important it is to be listened to and this is why I trained in, what’s called, a ‘talking therapy’ (Humanistic therapy). I am committed to supporting people to express themselves in a safe and supportive environment.
Life can be full of challenges, and it can be difficult to find a time and space to think, explore and understand what is going on for you. A weekly therapy session with me will give you the opportunity to do this. At times, this may feel really difficult and you may doubt that things are getting easier or that you are making progress. However, part of what I offer my clients is support and understanding to face the most difficult moments in their lives and time to work through the issues which are most distressing.
From your initial contact with me, your privacy will be respected and anything you disclose will be held in confidence. Please feel free to contact me for further information regarding confidentiality and privacy in therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling – Level 4 CPCAB (2010)
Training in facilitation & teaching of mindfulness meditation 2006-2012.
Accredited Member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I have specialist knowledge and experience of working with individuals who need therapeutic support after having experienced:
·trauma (such as accidents, victims or witnesses of crime, violence, conflict)
·loss of someone or something important to them (such as a job, relationship, sense of identity, home, status or income)
I have wide experience of work with people to understand and find ways to cope with:
·anxiety and panic attacks
·stress (at work or at home)
·relationship issues (affairs, betrayals, changes to relationships, emotional/intimacy issues)
I enable people who are finding it hard to adjust to life events such as a change in lifestyle, retirement, or who need support in coping with relationship or work difficulties to take the next steps to cope and to come to terms with what has happened.
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)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
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
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
- Coping with chronic illness.
- Recovery from mental health issues or crisis.
- pain management.
- managing conflict positively - relating and communicating with others.
- coping with loss and change (in relationships, at work, difficult life events).
- using mindfulness meditation to help manage stress, anxiety or depression.
£55.00 per session
Services & Fees:
Humanistic counselling therapy (individual). This is a talking therapy in which I support you to explore issues in your life and approach making changes or working through difficulties. Fees: £55 per weekly (for individuals) session of 1 hour.
Mindfulness-based Humanistic therapy (individual). A therapy in which you can explore your problems, using mindfulness as a way into understanding yourself and your experiences more fully. Individual session Fees: £55 per weekly session (1 hour).
Mindfulness Meditation Practice. Please contact me for more information if you would like to experience a one off taster session of mindfulness or would like on-going mindfulness teaching either individually or with a group.
I am a Recognised Provider of counselling therapy with medical insurance providers. If you have health insurance cover your therapy may be covered by your policy. Please contact your insurer first to confirm your cover.
When I work
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Day and evening appointments available.
Making contact and starting therapy:
Please feel free to contact me to discuss your requirements for therapy or to see if you think I can help you. After our initial discussion, if you decide to go ahead and begin therapy, we would arrange our first appointment.
I practice from therapy rooms in a clinic in North Leeds. Please follow this link to see where we would meet: http://www.towerclinic.co.uk/location/
Please note: if I am not available to take your call or answer your message, I will get back to you as soon as I am able to. Out of my working times, I will return your call or message when I return to work. I offer day time and evening appointments. I am unable to provide crisis support. If you are in need of crisis support, please call the Samaritans on: 08457 90 90 90 or NHS 111.
Resources for you:
Please follow my blog http://shonalowecounselling.tumblr.com/ for articles on emotional health and wellbeing, including tips and suggestions for developing mindfulness practice, learning to relax and much more.
If you are new to mindfulness or would like to use some guided mindfulness practice, please go to my You Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL6UfIsZfxwN7QkDpsdqR0g where you can listen to practices suitable for the beginner and more experienced.