Theresa Hughes, MBACP, Dip Couns, PGCE
Covid 19 Update
Due to the current pandemic I am currently working entirely online. Although this may feel daunting, my clients inform me that they are finding it an effective alternative to face to face counselling.
I am an experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist with a Private Practice in Hornchurch, Essex. Prior to that I counselled in a local Hospice and a large 6th Form College. I work with adults and adolescents across a wide range of issues.
Most people come to therapy because they are seeking greater levels of wellbeing. They may have experienced specific situations like a relationship breakdown or bereavement, the loss of a job or other painful changes in life circumstances; or they are experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety, guilt or a general sense of life not being as they would like.
My approach is to focus on what brought you to therapy, to help you explore the difficulties in your life in the light of present and past experiences and together develop solutions that help you get to where you want to be in your life.
I also work with you to develop greater levels of self-acceptance and self-compassion. From there we can begin to build on what is strong, healthy and successful in your life. This can foster a new sense empowerment, not only to solve problems and gain new perspectives, but also to achieve higher levels of hope, resilience and confidence.
What to expect in your first session
I understand that seeing a counsellor for the first time can feel daunting and scary, but often the hardest thing is making that initial appointment. Your first session with me will be more of a consultation than counselling. This will give us both the opportunity to find out more about each other and see how we can work together. I will outline how counselling works and the basis behind my approach. I offer a safe and secure environment where you can work through difficulties and concerns at your own pace.
How counselling can help
People of all ages and backgrounds come to see me for many reasons including Anxiety, Relationships,(including separation and divorce), Work Related Stress, Depression (including postnatal), Family, Abuse (including domestic violence), Low Self-Esteem, Trauma and Loss & Bereavement.
I can offer you the support that will enable you to understand your difficulties, including unresolved feelings, past trauma, painful conflicts in the present or worries about the future. I can help you make sense of what you express and feel through both short and long term counselling. Together we can explore options and choices that help you come to your own solutions on what is right for you.
People that have come to me for counselling in the past describe feeling as though a weight has been lifted. Many have said that they feel much more grounded; they feel they're better-equipped to deal with whatever life throws at them. Others have said they feel less 'stuck', more able to see what they want out of life and are better able to move forwards with more resilience, hope and increased levels of wellbeing and happiness.
Prior to qualifying as a Counsellor I was a tutor in a large 6th Form College and in an earlier career an HR Manager in a major publishing company in London.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP Registered Counsellor
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- WPF Certificate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Trained Bereavement Counsellor
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
For individual counselling I charge £40 per 50 minute session. I ask for 24 hours notice of cancellation of an appointment.
Some concessions are available.
Havering Therapy Centre is across from Sainsbury's and The Queen's Theatre in Hornchurch.
I would ask please for 24 hours notice of cancellation, due to room booking.
Any further questions you may have please contact me by mobile or email, I will be happy to reply.
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