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Stella Goddard, BA (Hons) Registered MBACP (Accred)

Godalming GU7 & Weybridge KT13
07727 863274 Registered / Accredited
Godalming GU7 & Weybridge KT13

About me

I am now preparing to return to face-to-face work as well as continuing to offer Zoom sessions.  My offer to NHS and Key Workers for Zoom sessions remains in place. I will be returning to my Consulting Rooms the week beginning Monday 13 July 2020.

The Eaves and Nicholson House are following Government Guidelines regarding Covid-19 to ensure that their buildings are compliant.As at 4 July 2020 the UK is at Level 3 meaning 'the virus is in general circulation.'

Our mental health matters. We all have mental health just as we have physical health and spiritual health.  Each one of these aspects of our humanity can impact the other.  In the past, mental health was not spoken about because it was considered to be shameful.  This meant that things were kept secret thus exacerbating people's distress. Thankfully this unhelpful way of thinking is changing.

It is my personal and professional view that when we are in pain we need to be heard by someone who will be compassionate, respectful and non judgmental as we begin to share our story, perhaps for the first time. I consider the rapport between myself and my clients to be very important.I have extensive experience working with a range of difficulties and a diverse client base.

I understand that it can be difficult to acknowledge that we are struggling. If we are used to being able to cope well and then find that we are overwhelmed due to a change in our life circumstances we may feel very anxious.

We may be aware of the feelings that come from our struggles and want these difficult feelings to stop so that we can feel peaceful again.  Sometimes we are overwhelmed with strong feelings and may try to block them, deny them or anaesthetise them. We may say things like 'I am fine' - 'I just need to be strong and carry on' -'I don't want to be weak or for other people to think that I am weak.' It is not weak to feel and acknowledge pain and it is not weak to ask for help - this takes courage and is a sign of strength,

We are all impacted by our life histories and it is important to acknowledge and process this.  I offer a safe professional place to talk, be heard and have a chance to reflect at a deep level. I encourage potential clients to give me a call so that we can talk briefly about their difficulties and see if we both feel that we would like to meet and potentially work together.  If for any reason I am not able to help I will do my best to  suggest colleagues who might be appropriate.

Your narrative is very important and helps us to understand your sense of self, how you relate to other people and how you manage life's challenges with all of its complexities. It is important to process this with self-compassion.

The focus of our collaborative work is your choice and I work in a sensitive, respectful way at your pace. If you want to work on unprocessed distress from your past which is affecting your present we can do that.  On the other hand if your difficulty is about something which is happening in the present we can focus on that.

When you contact me by phone or e mail please will you let me know if you would prefer to come to my Godalming or Weybridge Practice. Do feel free to ask me any questions that will help you decide if I am the right professional to help you.

At our initial appointment I will listen to the reasons that you are considering counselling and what you would like to be different should we decide to work together. It can be helpful to consider what your best hopes from coming to counselling might be.I will also explain to you how I work and give you an opportunity to ask me any questions.

We will have regular reviews to ensure that you are getting what you need from your counselling sessions. I am sometimes asked how many sessions are needed. That is a complex question as it depends on what it is that brings you to counselling. What I would say is that counselling is an important commitment for both of us and the length of time could be weeks (6-12 weeks) or several months (or longer). I am experienced working both in a time limited way and medium to long term.  We can discuss this at your initial appointment and during the course of your therapy.  There is no obligation to continue for any longer than you feel is right for you.

My life and clinical experience tells me we are all more resilient than perhaps we think we are. I continue to be in awe of the human spirit and our ability to work through our pain and to be able to have renewed hope and vision for our future.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (Hons) Counselling
Integrative - Psychodynamic Theory, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I also give space to reflect on faith/spirituality and the impact of your beliefs on your sense of self, relationship with others and ways of making sense of the world.

  • Registered Accredited Member BACP
  • Registered Accredited Member ACC
  • Registered Accredited Member NCS
  • Bupa Recognised Counsellor
  • Aviva Recognised Counsellor
  • Cigna Recognised Counsellor

Some of the Workshops I have attended are:

Rape and Sexual Abuse
Attachment Theory - an Integrationist Approach
Ethical Issues arising from Integrating Christian Spirituality into Counselling Practice
Strengths-Based CBT for Vulnerable Clients & Chronic Issues
The Similarities and Differences between Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment
Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery

Introduction to Working with Couples
Working with Relational Trauma
Working with Suicide and Self Harm
Couples in Conflict
Working with Couple Relationships affected by Asperger Syndrome
Working with clients addicted to internet pornography
Working with sexually compulsive clients
Mindfulness in Counselling
Working with Couples - Dealing with Affairs
Understanding and Working with Anxiously Attached Clients

Working with young people who self-harm (BACP On-line Delegate)
Working with identity and self-esteem in young people with eating disorders (BACP On-line Delegate)
Solution Focused Therapy
Working Successfully with Men in Therapy
Effective Anger Management Tools for Working with Men

Working with Couples - Meeting their Partner's Needs

  • Therapeutic Writing Group - Writing, Coffee and Conversation
  • Counselling Male Victims of Domestic Abuse
  • Poetry Therapy Workshop - Writing for Resilience
  • Dealing with Distress - Working with Self-harm and Suicide
  • Loss: What does life mean for me now?
  • Identity and Belonging: It's not so Black and White
  • Children, Young People, Families - Working with Risk & Therapists Dilemmas
  • Who am I? Poetry Therapy Workshop
  • Let's talk about Addictions
  • Working with Shame
  • Mind or Body - What's in charge? (Under the skin:Body Modifications, Cosmetic Surgery, What triggers the Eating Disorder gun?  Menopause)
  • Mental Health and the Body: Treating Trauma
  • What you need to know about Family Law
  • The Story of Us:Relationships, Trauma and Adversarial Growth
  • Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Working with Trauma in a Time of Trauma
  • Enhancing Your Practice Using Transactional Analysis
  • Working with Trauma that has become stuck (coming up 6 July 2020)

My degree Dissertation considered the Literature on Absent Fathers - the possible impact of this on children and young adults.' 'Absence' can take many forms and can happen for a variety of reasons.


The early developmental years are crucial in forming children's initial sense of self, others and the world. If they have not been securely attached to their mother, father or main caregiver this can impact how they relate to other people as they grow up. In counselling, it is possible for insecure attachment styles to gradually become more secure.


As part of my Continuing Professional Development, I have attended a number of workshops on Attachment and the impact on people physically, emotionally and spiritually of dysfunctional relationships. People need to feel soothed and comforted when they are hurting.

I work with the wounded Inner Child to bring healing. This may involve working creatively using writing, drawings or small objects such as pebbles.We would discuss what would work best for you.


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

ACC

Association for Christian Counsellors

The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK.

The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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.

National Counselling Society

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

Loss, Life transitions, Boarding School Survivors, Feeling low, Feeling unmotivated, Procrastination, Feeling Stuck, Feeling Disempowered, Feeling Lost

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Integrative

Fees

Individuals:    £65
                     
Couples:        £75

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Further information

My training at Waverley Abbey College (validated by Roehampton University) included extensive personal and professional learning and development over 4 years. This has given me a desire to continue to learn and I attend workshops and read professional literature to increase my knowledge, understanding and skill-set. Meeting with colleagues regularly is also an important aspect of my continuing professional development. In addition, I see my Clinical Supervisor each month in line with the requirements of BACP, ACC and NCS.

I am an Affiliate Counsellor for LifeWorks which is an EAP.

I am also a Bupa and Aviva Recognised Counsellor. If you are insured with these companies you will need to follow their protocol and then to contact me with either a pre-authorisation number (Bupa) or policy number (Aviva).  It would also be helpful to know how many sessions have been approved.

I am experienced in working with student Counsellors. I have worked with counselling students from Roehampton University, Waverley Abbey College and London School of Theology.

My training at Waverley Abbey College has equipped me to work with matters of faith should my clients wish to do so.

Clients come to me through my website, professional directories, (BACP, ACC, NCS, Counselling Directory, Waverley Abbey College, Bupa, Aviva), organisations, LifeWorks (EAP), GP's, Churches, colleagues, previous clients.

Nicholson House
41 Thames Street
Weybridge
Surrey
KT13 8JG

The Eaves
The Lodge
Catteshall Mill, Catteshall Road
Godalming
Surrey
GU7 1NJ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
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

Both my Practices are on the first floor and accessible by stairs.

Availability

Weybridge: Monday 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Wednesday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Godalming: Tuesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. I don't work evenings or weekends.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme
Stella Goddard, BA (Hons) Registered MBACP (Accred)

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