Hi, I'm Tracy Szamek, welcome to my page. I am a fully qualified experienced person-centered / integrative counsellor and member of BACP. I work with various organisations including primary schools, domestic abuse and bereavement charities as well as private practice, where I work from a log cabin at my home, offering both a tranquil setting and a confidential relaxing safe environment. My aim is to offer my support in a non judgemental manner for you to explore, understand and move through your needs and concerns as you confidently work at your own pace. I work with children from primary school age through into secondary school, as well as adults, sometimes with similar issues, ie. Confidence and self - esteem, family dynamics, bereavement and sexuality to name a few.
What is counselling and how can it help you?
I like to describe counselling as a shared space between a client and a therapist; a relationship where you - as the client know you are being heard and understood without judgements. It is the trust within this relationship that may help you, as the client to seek and feel your truth, to begin to heal and understand some of your personal choices and challenges, but with a renewed clarity as you journey forward. I will support you to see and feel a renewed sense of yourself, your impact and your importance within your life's story.
As a counsellor I feel it is important for me to journey alongside my client, but always aware that you, as the client are the expert in what hurts, pains - and aids in your healing. I will offer a space, that is confidential and safe.
Counselling can be a difficult journey, it can bring up hidden unconscious and painful thoughts and feelings, feeling supported throughout can aid in confidence to delve deeper and find a growth in your abilities and a strength that you hadn't realised or had previously suppressed. It is my desire to aid you, the client, to work towards your goals but with my support to follow you respectfully and honestly so you are able to share your innermost thoughts and feelings without any fear of external judgements. Together, we can navigate through painful, traumatic or 'stuck' moments to develop a deeper understanding of your journey to move through the pain into acceptance and healing.
How I work.
Firstly I would like to say congratulations to taking the first step to find a counsellor that you feel safe with. This is paramount in the therapeutic space.
I am trained in person-centered therapy, which means that I follow you the client and I am directed by you. I also like to offer creative approaches if we both feel they can be of use within our counselling work. The creative approaches can be very useful in connecting on a different level rather than 'in the head', also sometimes there just 'are no words' but a deep sense of something that creativity can help bring to the surface for it to be safely explored.
I work with adults as well as children both in a primary school setting as well as privately at my home, here I find the creativity the children brings speaks in a way they have not yet mastered the words for, and it opens doors for their parents, caregivers and teachers to understand their struggles and adapt accordingly. To know they are being heard and valued for some of these children allows them the confidence to feel able to share with their primary caregivers; it also allows the doors for connection, which is in itself healing.
Thank you for reading my profile - if you would like further information please contact me via email or telephone. I aim to return your call at the earliest convenience.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology 2017
- Advanced Creative Solution Focused Brief Therapy 2017
- Introduction to Creative Solution Focused Brief Therapy 2017
- Rewind Trauma Therapy 2018
- Level 2 Second Degree Usui/Tibetan Reiki 2017
- Level 1 First Degree Usui/ Tibetan Reiki 2016
- Child Bereavement Training 2016
- Certificate in Counselling - Keele - 2015
- NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory 2014
- DBS checked
- Safeguarding level 1
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £40 for adults over 18 years old for a 50 minute counselling session.
I charge £30 for children under 18 years old for up to a 50 minute counselling session.
All monies to be paid in cash at the end of the counselling session or by pre arranged bank transfer.
Sessions available Monday to Friday including evenings, last session at 7.30pm.
If you are in need of consessions please ask as an arrangement may be possible. Please mention at the time of booking.
I am committed to continuous professional development and regularly undertake training and workshops to expand on my existing knowledge.