Siggi Halling BA MEd PGDip MBACP
Counselling during COVID-19
In line with current government guidelines, I am having to suspend face-to-face sessions. However, I will be conducting counselling via Zoom or by phone. I will resume face-to-face counselling when it is safe to do so.
If you are seeking therapy it is probably because you are unhappy with your life at the moment and you want to try and find out why that is and what you can do about it.
You may feel that you are lacking in self-confidence and self-esteem; you may have inexplicable low moods or general feelings of anxiety; you may have difficulties forming relationships; you may have experienced a bereavement or loss, either recently or in the past; you may have been the victim of sexual or emotional abuse.
Alternatively, everything in your world could be find but you just feel dissatisfied and disenchanted with life and you don't know why but would like to talk it through with someone. Someone who's prepared to understand where you are coming from and who will not judge you. Someone who will try to 'get you'.
This is the starting point of what I consider to be a unique journey which we will undertake together.
It is a journey where you will have the chance, possibly for the first time, to speak openly and honestly about what is troubling you - your thoughts, your feelings, your fears, your anxieties - as well as talking about your hopes, desires and ambitions for the future.
It is a journey where we will explore different experiences and relationships in your life and how they have informed your sense of who you are and how you see others and the world around you.
But most importantly, through this journey you will have the opportunity to see that your life is full of possibilities and that there are many different ways in which you can respond to your experiences.
It is the realisation that you have this freedom of choice that I believe to be the greatest gift of therapy.
Because through it comes change. A change which offers you the chance to be the person you would truly like to be and to live the life you would truly like to live.
As well as working in private practice, I am also a volunteer counsellor for Mind, the mental health charity and run a local OCD Support Group.
Training, qualifications & experience
- PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy, Regent's University, London
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
£45 per session.
Concessionary rate for students and those in receipt of benefits.
Concessions offered for
Over recent years I've become particularly interested in the therapeutic benefits of Mindfulness as a means of coping with many of life's difficulties, especially in relation to anxiety and PTSD.
OCD is also a special area of work for me, as I have personal experience of this condition and understand how debilitating it can be.