Zoe Hawton MBACP online or telephone counselling
Experienced, accredited therapist in East London offering telephone counseling, online therapy or face to face work, to explore emotionally difficult patches, stress, anxiety and to help you to move forward. I am an expert at working with a range of clients but have a particular additional skill set in working with tech sector employees and those who have a trauma history .
At this unusual time many people feel very stressed or worried about a wide range of topics. Common worries right now include : quarantine, difficult life events, insecurity about work, comparing oneself to others, anxiety and feeling pressured.
Most people have what therapy calls “an elephant in the room" (meaning that they have a hidden large problem or worry) that recurs frequently and they try to ignore it. They hope it will just go away, but it can take up more and more of their energy and thoughts. It could be compared to allowing too many programs to be open, at the same time on a computer. This also puts strain on the machine and makes it slower and less efficient . In people too, unresolved background anxiety can drain them, and makes thinking slower and less efficient. In extreme cases, these wild thoughts and worries, running unconsciously in the background, keep running even when your body is asleep. They can lead to strain in all areas of life.
If some of that sounds like you, then talk therapy can better file and cope with these worries better, process life events and allow your brain to return to optimal efficiency, as information gets stored away more appropriately and the body learns to be less in panic mode, when it should be relaxed.
Knowing when you need some extra help is a sign of strength.
I am an accredited member of a professional body and appear on their online register which offers an assurance of quality and confidentiality. I am also police checked ( DBS registered) and GDPR registered.
I can help you cope better with life's challenging segments. People seek help for topics such as: workplace stress, anxiety, depression, feeling sad or unfulfilled, managing an abuse history, anger management, addiction concerns, panic feelings, Imposter syndrome, poor self esteem, post traumatic stress symptoms, bereavement, and dissociative disorders to name but a few as examples.
This style of counselling helps people experience more self confidence, a better understanding of difficult past experiences and better ways to cope with present difficulties.
Training, qualifications & experience
In addition to being a therapist in private practice in Stratford, London, I have experience as an N.H.S. specialist practitioner and work as a consultant and supervisor.
Clinical Qualifications in Counselling
- Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy since 1996
- registered member of B.A.C.P on line register
- registered EAP provider
- D.B.S checked ( formally police checked for safety)
- GDPR registered
- Diploma Counselling
- Diploma Supervision
- Diploma CBT therapy
- Diploma Professional Life Coaching
- Diploma Creative Arts
- Foundation Understanding and working with complex trauma
- Extensive further continued professional development qualifications around Trauma therapy, phobia therapy, addiction, sexual abuse, working with children, supervision, working with groups, managing childhood sexual abuse, dissociative symptoms and diagnostic testing.
I work in an integrative style meaning that I use different approaches like a tool box to suit different people. I will support and challenge you, working collaboratively and with respect for your own life choices and beliefs.
The primary goals of the way I work are to teach people to steer better through stress, not just mentally hang on and allow it to control them. Therapy does not simply address symptoms, but supports people to take positive steps of permanent change. This is done by building on the resources they already have. It teaches skills for stress management, we may find it is not usually the actual things that distress us, but how we interpret those things, or our own outdated way of reacting to those things. Learning how to pause, reflect on inner experience, not react hastily and emotionally and just let thoughts and feelings be, can help ease stress and anxiety. Understanding why past life events can sometimes trigger overwhelming feelings, is a process that can be thought through, understood and changed for the better.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
A fifty-minute session is £50 basic rate but I have a sliding scale for those on a low wage, benefits or who are students. This can be paid electronically through internet banking.
The next step is to email or text me and have a brief phone review of material and aims. If appropriate we can then book a test session and then commence ongoing work.
Concessions offered for
The nearest tube is Stratford Station (Overground, Underground Central or Jubilee lines, DLR) or High Street Stratford (DLR only) which are a short walk away. Stratford's transport links include Docklands Light Railway, overland trains spanning London and Essex, Jubilee and Central Line services. It has good road links making it accessible to London and Essex. There is some parking available outside my office.