Zoe Scholar, MA, PGDip, BA (Hons), MBACP, Psychotherapist
At the moment I am able to support clients both old and new by phone or online.
Working over the phone and online means that even though we may not be physically together, the connection between client and counsellor is crucial to the effectiveness of the therapy. It's my job to quickly build rapport to enable you to feel heard. Some clients feel that telephone sessions actually seem to be of benefit in a way face-to-face work is not - they feel able to speak more freely sooner and so the therapy moves onwards at a quicker pace. It is truly a unique experience.
I trained as an integrative therapist. This means I believe there is not just one way of working with a client. With a foundation of empathy, genuineness and the creating of a trusting relationship, I believe that therapeutic change can occur.
Counselling is a special experience in which you are listened to in a non-judgemental and supportive way. A counselling conversation may feel very different to talking to friends or family. It may be the first time you have really felt heard or listened to. Being listened to and supported in this way will enable you to make your own decisions, to understand yourself better, to take control and facilitate change.
What happens in a typical counselling session?
In a typical counselling session I will listen attentively to what you are saying and help clarify your words to ensure you are being fully understood. Together we will work out what it is that you want and how you can go about making changes, no matter how small those changes may seem.
By working together and voicing your thoughts and feelings, you will gain a different perspective on your situation. This will help you to feel less stuck or less alone and more able to live a full life with a hopeful future.
I will ask you questions about your past, your family and your experiences of growing up in order to understand you fully and to think about repeated patterns of behaviour that may no longer be working for you. I will encourage and support you to reflect on your situation and to uncover what it is that you want. You will learn how to express yourself and to think about how to improve your situation and to take action.
How many counselling sessions will I have?
I offer both short and longer term counselling. Some clients benefit from short term counselling over 7 to 10 sessions and this can be very effective and beneficial. Others find that ongoing support over 6 months or more is helpful.
We will review our progress regularly.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications
- MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of East London
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of East London
- Certificate in Counselling and Counselling Skills, Birkbeck, University of London
I am a fully qualified psychotherapist and have experience of working with clients who have work and relationship difficulties, issues around money, those affected by drug, alcohol and gambling addictions, bereavement, issues of self-esteem, lack of motivation, boredom, depression and anxiety.
I offer counselling for those affected by Dementia. I work in a mindful way both with the person living with Dementia and with the family carer or carers.
I have experience of working with a range of clients, diverse in age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and religion.
As a member of the BACP I am bound by the guidelines in the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
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
Money spent on therapy is an investment in personal change and growth.
I currently have telephone sessions available at £50 for a 40 minute call.
Payment is made weekly or monthly by bank transfer.
Please get in touch by phone or email if you have any further questions or to arrange an initial consultation over the phone. I aim to answer any enquiries within 48 hours.
If you need to miss a session, I do not charge providing you make contact and give me 48 hours notice. Otherwise, the full session fee will apply.
Weekday daytime and evening.