Stephanie Merritt-Morling Person Centred Counsellor MBACP
My name is Stephanie and I am a qualified Person Centred/Humanistic Counsellor. During my training and after qualifying as a therapeutic counsellor I provided counselling support to a Hertfordshire based charity that provides free intensive structured, abstinence-based, day treatment for adults with substance addictions: alcohol, illicit and non-illicit drugs and behavioural addictions such as: eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, self-harm, gambling, shopping/spending, relationships, love and sex
There are times when life can feel overwhelming for us all. There are events or situations that can leave us feeling anxious, less confident, a sense of losing our identity, which can impact on our relationships with others or how we view ourselves. We all need someone to talk to in confidence, to help facilitate our thoughts and feelings, to be able to make sense of why we may be feeling the way in which we do. Having time and space to reflect on our feelings within a safe and non-judgemental environment is key to forming a relationship that enables us to begin the process of trust and self exploration, which may lead us to acceptance and self-resolution.
Being in private practice I have experience of supporting people with a range of issues, i.e. Anxiety, child sexual abuse, self-harm, depression and relationship difficulties. Counselling sessions are led by the clients and can be short or long term depending on need. The counselling sessions are always reviewed generally at six week intervals to evaluate progress.
I am able to provide Talking and Drawing sessions for children and young people. This is a child-centred therapy focusing on prevention, early intervention and recovery of mental health issues. It is beneficial for children and young people who have suffered trauma or have underlying emotional difficulties affecting their mental health and well-being. The sessions are undertaken over a 12 week period for half an hour. Please contact me should you wish to obtain further information.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Person Centred Therapeutic Counselling. I have experience of working with children, young people and adults within various setting with a career that has spanned thirty years. During this time I have gained a wealth of knowledge, experience and insight relating to relationships, having undertaken various training that has enhanced my skills and practice.
- Recent courses undertaken:
- Bereavement Counselling
- Supporting Young Children Who Are Bereaved
- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
- Drawing and Talking
- Serious Case Reviews
- Awareness of Sexual Abuse
- Spot the Signs and Save a Life (suicide prevention)
- Senior Designated Professional (Safe Guarding)
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions will be offered for an initial six week period, taking place weekly. After this period the counselling will be reviewed to see if this is continuing to meet your expectations, to consider progress, to evaluate if further sessions are required and to plan for these if appropriate to do so. Counselling can be short term or undertaken over a longer period, it depends on the individual and their needs.
Drawing and Talking for Children and Young people are half hour sessions undertaken over a 12 week period.
You can expect the sessions to be non-judgemental, respectful and lead by you. I believe you are the expert of your feelings and within a safe, containing environment this enables exploration of the presenting issues. Together we can explore your feelings, anxieties and experiences, making sense of your world.
- Counselling Fees £40 per hour
- Drawing and Talking £20 per half hour
- Concessions are available
If you want to book a counselling session but not sure if this can help you an initial consultation can be offered to you. This provides an opportunity for us both to meet, explore what your expectations of counselling are, what has brought you to counselling and to hear what I can provide and how we will work together. If we both decide to continue with counselling further sessions will be planned and an agreement formalised.
These are some of the areas that I am able to offer counselling around:
- Feeling Sad
- Panic Disorder
- Loss & Separation
- Relationship Difficulties
- Eating Disorders
- Children's Emotional Well-Being and Mental Health
- Childhood Trauma
- Child & Adolescent related issues (managing challenging behaviour & conflict)
- Conflict Resolution
- Life Changing Events ( I.e. redundancy, illness, growing older)
- Family Issues