Siobhan Ray MBACP
BACP registered counsellor based in Leominster, Herefordshire. I work with individuals experiencing emotional and relationship difficulties. I also have a particular interest in difficulties relating to fertility, pregnancy and early parenthood.
My background Before completing my counselling studies at the University of Worcester, I spent two decades in the NHS, working in London teaching hospitals as a senior nurse in oncology.
Currently, I am involved in an initiative with the Homestart charity, supporting fragile families. They can be affected by such challenges as relationship breakdown, bereavement and domestic abuse.
What counselling can offer It can be very helpful to have a regular space in which to explore what is troubling us and potentially holding us back from fully engaging with life. Our earliest relationships play a large part in influencing the nature of the ones that we have throughout life. As a result there may be patterns of behaviour we repeat that prevent us from forming meaningful relationships or sabotaging the ones we have. Fear of intimacy, longstanding un-fulfilment and compromise can stand in the way of our personal development.
Change can be brought about through having the opportunity to talk to someone about such difficulties who will listen without judgement. Being fully heard and understood can be a transforming experience as you develop new self awareness and gain clarity and insight in to your thoughts and feelings.
This process can also help you to learn to live alongside those aspects of life that cannot be changed.
As a member of the BACP, I adhere to its ethical framework and my practice is overseen by an experienced counselling supervisor.
Sessions It might be that you find a few sessions are sufficient to achieve what you you would like to from the work. Sometimes issues require focusing on at a greater depth and longer term work is beneficial. I see clients weekly in a local community centre, centrally located with plenty of free and reasonably priced parking available. An initial consultation is provided to help a potential client decide whether what is offered is right for them.
If you feel that this is a path you would like to take, please email me via this website.
Training, qualifications & experience
FdSc in Counselling-University of Worcester
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
With the current easing of lockdown restrictions, I am now offering face to face sessions again in accordance with Covid 19 guidelines.