Tracy McDonald MBACP(Accred) Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy
Life is full of challenges for us all but there may be occasions when we struggle with these difficult times and come to realise that we need some help, some support and someone to talk to, to help make sense of what is happening and how we are feeling. I can offer you this opportunity especially when it may be too difficult to speak to those closest to you. I can provide a warm, confidential safe space which is non-judgmental and allows you the freedom to be yourself and also to get to know yourself. Together, we can explore your feelings, thoughts, your hopes, your fears and make sense of what you are experiencing at a time which can often feel very scary and isolating.
I am an Accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and work with individuals. My practice is based on an Integrative approach and have been trained to use a number of different counselling theories. What that actually means, is that I am able to tailor these to your needs and work in an empathic, accepting and compassionate way which values your needs and what is best for you as the client. I work collaboratively which means that I will walk alongside you during this process. You are not alone; we are in this together, working in an open and honest manner at your pace. You remain in control throughout the work as I firmly believe that you are the expert on your life. I am there to understand you and essentially, to help empower you; to enable you to understand yourself better and for you to make more effective choices within your relationships and your life as a whole.
I am extremely passionate about my work as a counsellor and am committed to working with you on your goals of therapy whether they require short-term support or longer, more in-depth work. I know from my own experience as a client how terrifying a time this can be but again, I truly believe that counselling can make a huge difference to how you feel about yourself and your sense of wellbeing and can help improve your relationships, not only with others but also with yourself. It can be well worth taking that first step and I hope we can work together on your journey to make a difference in your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills
I have also done additional training including ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and Mental Health First Aid Training.
Further training courses:
Anxiety and depression training course
Trauma and the body
Working with shame
Child sexual abuse
Working with relational trauma
Dealing with distress: working with suicide and self-harm
Bereavement and loss
I have worked as a counsellor in the Torfaen area with a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre.
I also worked for 5 years as a counsellor with a mental health charity in the Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent area.
I have experienced working with a wide range of issues including Depression, Anxiety, Bereavement and loss, abuse, addiction, anger, low self-esteem and lack of confidence, assertiveness and relationship difficulties.
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.
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
Sessions cost £40 and last one hour.
Concessions may be available in particular circumstances and I offer reduced rates for trainee counsellors.
Please contact me if you have any questions. I am more than happy to have a chat first in order for you to get an idea about counselling and how I work. You can then decide whether you would like to book a session.
As an accredited member of the BACP, I attend monthly Supervision to ensure I am practising to a high ethical standard and I have a DBS Certificate.
I am also committed to my own personal growth which for me, includes continually working on myself as a person and in continually increasing my knowledge and experience as a therapist.