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Wendy Elford, Accred Cllr; Hypnotherapist, EFT Pract, & Performance Life Coach

Reading, Berkshire, RG30
0118 9542412 0118 9542412 Registered / Accredited
Reading, Berkshire, RG30

About me

My work is motivated by:  'My desire is to help create wellbeing in one's mind, which I believe in turn, creates body wellbeing.'

How Counselling can help:
One way of looking at counselling is that it is the process of talking out problems or difficult situations in order to gain understanding and facilitate change. This process can help with both short-term crises and longer-term problems.  It is also a means to consider one's own self development.

How Hypnotherapy can help:
Perhaps the best way to explain this is to tell you how one of my client's felt after working with me using hypnotherapy:
... I truly feel freer and lighter and believe I have gained some incredibly powerful tools to help me in the future ... the hypnotherapy itself has been powerful at times and always deeply relaxing, affirming and wonderful ...

EFT:
Using EFT helps to release negative and painful emotions and/or physical symptoms.  It is based on the recent developments and principles of Energy psychology. It can be described as a kind of psychological acupuncture, but without the needles.  It can be used for any symptom or emotional issue.  One client described using EFT as: 'I find it energising'.

The way I work:
As a Counsellor I consider your feelings with you and the way that they are affecting you at the moment. This may include considering past significant relationships and unconscious patterns of behaviour.

As a Hpnotherapist I work with negative thought patterns that have become part of one's development which unconsciously hinders full potential of self development.

As an EFT practicioner I inform the client of this technique at the assessment session and we decide together when it would be appropriate to bring this in to the sessions. For example: I consider that some clients need to talk and find a place to identify and express their feelings before moving on to managing them.

I undertake short and long term work with clients and in using my various counselling training and skills I seek to provide a hositic approach to the presenting issue.

The counselling service I offer is private and confidential; it is not judgemental; nor will you be told what to do. You will be helped to find your own solution. Some situations may be resolved in just a few sessions, others may take longer.

The first meeting is in the form of an assessment where consideration is given to the compatibility of working together, the mutual agreement of boundaries and the therapy fee.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Qualitifcations:

Masters Degree in Counselling. Title: Preparing for the Transition to Retirement: An exploration of the counsellors' and psychotherapists' personal experience.

Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling.

Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills with NLP

Level 5 Diploma in Performance Coaching with NLP

Emotional Freedom Technique Training Level 1 and 2

Post Qualifying Certificate Course in CBT Skills.

Certificate in Counsellings Skills.

I am an accredited counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which means that I completed rigorous and excellent training in order to meet the accreditation criteria.

Experience:

Counselling
: I have experience working with a team of the NHS Psychotherapy and Complex Needs Service, exploring suitable treatments for the individual patient.

I have experience working with agencies that provide counselling to the business world.

I have experience working with a charity who provide counselling specifically for the bereaved mother which includes: post abortion, miscarriage, still born, death of a baby/child.

I have experience working with a broad spectrum of circumstances and issues such as: anxiety, depression, low self esteem, confidence building, unemployment, retirement, bereavement, and relationship anxieties. 

Special Interest: Bereavement: experiencing loss and grief. Whether you are bereaved of a chid, husband, wife, partner, mother, father, or sibling I understand that it is difficult to come to terms with being without them. 

Maybe your bereavement involves painful memories of the way the person died.  I can provide a time for you to consider your feelings and to help you consider ways of coping with your loss and moving on while giving your loss a place in your life. 

Hypnotherapy: I have experience working with phobias and habits, such as nail biting and smoking; anxiety and stress issues; low self esteem; weight loss; sleep issues and chronic pain.

Emotional Freedom Technique: I have experience of teaching this technique to clients so that they can practice this away from the sessions regarding any issue, examples: Low self esteem, getting movtivated, nervousness in relationships, confidence, resentment, forgiveness, expressing negative feelings, feeling sad, healing, anxiety and so much more ...

Research:

Counselling
: My research for my Masters degree involved exploring the personal experience of transition to retirement for the counsellor and psychotherapist. Therefore, the outcome of my study can relate to any person in the position of transition/transitions to retirement and who has retired, and more broadly transitional phases of peoples lives. Therefore, I have a special interest in these themes of counselling.

Hypnotherapy: as part of my training I carried out research regarding pain relief and in particular in the area of arthritis including psoriatic arthritis.

Special Interests: Tansitions and Bereavement.  Please see below under heading: 'Any Further Information' for more detail.

I am a BACP Registered Accredited Member

I am a Professional Member of The National Hypnotherapy Society

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Retirement
Transitional phases: work, menopause, children leaving home, bereavement, retirement, growing older.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

Assessment session: £50.
Therapy fee: £50 per hour. 

Further information

Special interests:

Transition/transitions/transitional phases of life such as relationship changes, infertility, menopause, empty nest syndrome, unemployment, retirement, mid-life, aging, growing old, the final phase of life.

Bereavement: experiencing loss and grief. Whether you are bereaved of a child, husband, wife, partner, mother, father, or sibling I understand that it is diffciult to come to terms with being without them. 

Maybe your bereavement involves painful memories of the way the person died.  I can provide a time for you to consider your feelings and to help you consider ways of coping with your loss and moving on while giving your loss a place in your life. 

Special interest: when a parent is bereaved of a young child.

Reading
Berkshire
RG30

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

I offer: day, evening, and weekend appointments

Wendy Elford, Accred Cllr; Hypnotherapist, EFT Pract, & Performance Life Coach

Wendy Elford, Accred Cllr; Hypnotherapist, EFT Pract, & Performance Life Coach