Theresa Curtis MBACP COUNSELLOR Adults & Young People
A warm welcome to you.
It's good to talk. It isn't always easy, and there are times where you may just want to lock yourself in your room, but talking about stuff to the right person can be a very effective way of dealing with things.
Human beings necessarily depend on one another, as in You can't manage this all by yourself; no man is an island. This expression is a quotation from John Donne's Devotions (1624): “No man is an Island, entire of it self; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main.”
Clients come to counselling for many reasons:
- the pressures of modern life/stress/physical pain
- difficult feelings that may be rooted in the past
- constantly repeating the same mistakes and not understanding why
- feeling sad, lost and alone, or perhaps the family, divorce or relationships are part of the problem
How can Counselling help?
Life is full of challenges, each of them with unique circumstances. No set of circumstances or problem is too small or insignificant if it’s having a negative impact on you and how you feel.
Counselling may be able to offer an insight into any difficulties, find ways forward and can help you work out how to deal with things. You are allowed to have feelings, it is when you progressively cover them up as they become inconvenient to others or too overwhelming to work through that anxiety, low moods etc become part of your life.
Counselling is not about advice giving or providing the answers. Unfortunately I don't have a magic wand but I will be alongside as we try to find ways to help you. Counselling is a process that can take time. Some people need just a few sessions, while others come for a few months whilst others have more long term needs.
How do I choose the right counsellor?
Finding the right counsellor for you can make a huge difference to your comfort level and to positive outcomes. Although I hold qualifications in counselling, these bits of paper are not as important as the therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client. I have spent many years working within a variety of professional settings, creating a therapeutic space and honing a sensitive and considered approach that makes for a welcoming, safe and contained environment.
Sessions are one-to-one for 50 minutes. My therapy room is conveniently located in Woodley close to Reading, Winnersh, Wokingham, Earley, Hurst and Sonning. If you would like to start the conversation please either email or phone/text 07780163515.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of the BACP, the professional body for counsellors and psychotherapists. This means the training I have undertaken meets BACP standards for accredited counsellor training and confirms my validity of my qualifications and professional status as a competent and effective counsellor.
- MBACP - Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling (Greenwich University)
- Bereavement Support Foundation Course with Cruse Bereavement Care
- Counselling Skills Theory NCFE Level 3
- Counselling Skills NCFE Level 1&2
I regularly undertake continued professional development courses to enrich my skills and practice. Some of which include:
- Understanding Trauma/PTSD
- Shame and Self-Harm
- A Child's Grief
- Young People and the Meaning of Self-esteem
- Anger and the Silent Teen
- Awareness In Bereavement Training
- Extensive Safeguarding Training and Child Protection
- Sex and Sexuality
- Attachment and Trauma
In addition to my work with adults, I have worked extensively for the last five years with young people. I work within secondary schools in Ascot, Windsor and Sandhurst.
Young people may not want to talk to teachers or parents when they have a problem and counselling can be a very different and positive experience. Drugs, eating disorders, self harm, bullying, exam stress, family and relationship problems are just some of the issues that young people bring into my counselling room. It is a place for them to learn how to express themselves. This may be through words or creatively. It is a safe, confidential space.
Just call to see how I can help.
I offer reduced rates for young people up to the age of 21.
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
Adults - £50
21's and under - £40
Contact me for an initial appointment or for further information either by email or phone.
I am happy to be contacted by email (as above), by text message on 07780 163515, or you can phone me Monday to Friday. Please let me know when it is convenient to reply and whether you can accept return text messages and emails in order that I may respect your confidentiality.