Tracy Foster, Dip.Couns, Dip.CBT Registered (MBACP)
07949425335 / 07949425335
I am a fully qualified Humanistic Integrative Counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT). I am also a Registered Member of The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical standards for safe therapeutic practice. I have successfully been working within my counselling career via face-to-face and Skype online (which I and clients believe has been as beneficial as face-to-face, taking into account busy lives, time constraints, travel, child-care, living in remote areas an/or working abroad - and all in the comfort of your own home) for several years.
My past experience has included working in GP surgeries and a local maternity unit as a voluntary Counsellor. For 3 years I worked as a Counsellor and Support Worker for a local charity for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and now work independently as a Counsellor and Cognitive Behaviour Therapist. If you would like to contact me via email or telephone I am very happy to discuss my therapeutic approach with you to enable you to find the right Counsellor for you and reply to you confidentially. I am non-judgemental, non-discriminatory, empathic, approachable and friendly in my work which is very rewarding when I am able to help people move forward, be it towards self-acceptance, understanding or resolving issues and problems. I believe you are the "professional" and "expert" around yourself and issues and not the other way round. I will help you explore your past and present issues and support and help you find new ways of thinking and coping.
I am interested also in supporting and counselling those that live with long term medical conditions and how that affects their mental health - for example HIV, Multiple Sclerosis, Ataxia, cancer and others. Anxiety, depression or general low mood can affect day to day living with such conditions and people can often worry also about others perceptions of them. I can help you manage and explore these feelings and support you in finding effective ways of coping.
I also continue to work on my own personal development and I have recently received a Diploma in Mindfulness Techniques and I am currently studying to achieve a Diploma in Hypnotherapy. These invaluable techniques I believe will be beneficial within my counselling approach towards individual needs as well as stand-alone therapies.
Some problems are difficult to deal with and it can be hard to know which way to turn or who to talk to. Advice from friends or family can be well-meant but even that can sometimes confuse the situation and you can find yourself running round in circles! I believe everyone is individual and unique and has the ability to find their own way forward which is comfortable for them.
Counselling can help you deal with every-day worries to long-term problems. It can help you come to terms with distressing and traumatic events and is an effective way of dealing with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression - a common problem that can affect anyone with the stresses of everyday life! Many people find "mental health issues" remain stigmatised in today's world - I hope to help you off-load what some may consider even a "small problem" - but it may not be to you. A chance to off-load your worries and share with an independent and caring person can go a long way to increase your well-being.
What happens in Counselling
Counselling offers you the opportunity to discuss issues that are impacting your life in a professional way. I will support and help you privately and confidentially, I will not judge you but I will accept you for who you are and provide a safe environment for you to explore who you are and what you want.
Counselling is a very personal experience so it is important to find the right Counsellor to share your innermost feelings and emotions and discuss the therapy that feels right for you.
What is Humanistic Counselling
Humanistic counselling means valuing all aspects of the whole person, the emphasis being on how you experience a situation by your thinking, feeling and emotions and helps you find your own inner resources. I am practised in Person-Centred, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy focuses on difficulties you have now in your daily life and not in your past. It aims to help you talk about your issues and work towards changing your thought patterns and behaviour, to help you manage your problems in a more positive way. It is considered an effective therapy for anxiety and depression and adds a new "life skill" to assist you in every day situations.
AT THE END OF THERAPY
I offer a FREE 50 minute review after agreed ending of therapy to suit your individual needs - for example 2 weeks or 4 weeks later to see how you are getting on.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 5 Diploma in CBT (CPCAB, 2010)
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB, 2009)
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB, 2007)
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB, 2006)
Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health (City & Guilds, 2007)
Certificate in Proficiency - Registered Member of the BACP (BACP, 2013)
Diploma in Mindfulness Techniques
Currently studying towards Diploma in Hypnotherapy
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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£40 per 50 minute session - Monday - Friday mornings and afternoons.
£45 per 50 minute session - Evenings
£50 per 50 minute session - Weekends
Book 6 and pay for 5 at time of first booking.
FREE 50 MINUTE REVIEW AFTER THERAPY HAS ENDED - EITHER 2 WEEKS OR A MONTH LATER TO SEE HOW THINGS ARE GOING!
SKYPE COUNSELLING IS PROVING VERY POPULAR AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO FACE TO FACE COUNSELLING. CLIENTS STATE THAT IT IS CONVENIENT, FLEXIBLE, AND COST-EFFECTIVE WITHIN THE PRIVACY AND COMFORT OF THEIR OWN HOME AND REMAINS CONFIDENTIAL. THEY FEEL AT EASE, SAFE AND ABLE TO EXPRESS DIFFICULT EMOTIONS WITHIN THE THERAPEUTIC ENVIRONMENT CREATED.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE SKYPE INSTALLED ON YOUR LAPTOP OR PC OR OTHER DEVICE PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO INSTALL THIS FREE DOWNLOAD WITH EASY INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO ADD ME AS A CONTACT.
I OFFER A £5 REDUCTION ON THE SESSION PRICES ABOVE.
- Are negative emotions and feelings always bad?
- Everyday worries
- Why "endings" in therapy are important
- Mental health condition or mental health well-being?
- Negative thinking
- Online therapy - Skype, email, telephone?
- I love me... or not!
I am happy to carry out counselling for you by Skype, email or telephone.
If I miss your call I will call you back at my first opportunity, so please leave a short message.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mornings, Afternoons or Evenings and Weekends by arrangement
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|