My name is Emma and I offer therapeutic counselling. I am an Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor in Private Practice.
I am a fully qualified counsellor with a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative), which was awarded by the Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).
I am a registered individual member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their Ethical Framework for Best Practice.
I believe that client and counsellor are equals as persons, working together to improve the client’s quality of life. I see it as my role as a counsellor to support clients in their quest for a better quality of life and walk beside them.
I am a firm believer in continuous professional development and therefore frequently attend short courses and workshops to learn new skills in counselling and improve my knowledge.
What is counselling?
Counselling is also known as ‘talking therapy’ and its purpose is to help individuals address and work through their difficulties, and to make beneficial changes in their life. Counselling helps people to explore their feelings and make sense of them. When we understand our feelings we can understand why we feel a certain way and where those feelings come from. This helps us to establish how we may wish to change our thought process which can have a positive effect on our feelings.
Why might I need it?
Sometimes we need to talk to someone who listens to us, is impartial, does not give us their opinion or judge us. Sometimes, we need someone who, supports us and respects our views. If you identify with these statements you may feel the need to talk to a professional counsellor.
How it helps
Counselling helps by giving you the opportunity to talk about and explore difficulties and problems you are facing in a safe and confidential environment. It will develop your self-awareness and give you a better understanding of yourself which in turn will help you reflect on your difficulties and feelings. This will assist you in addressing problems you are encountering, work through these difficulties and overcome challenges; which will help you to move forward positively and make beneficial changes in your life.
The counsellor’s role
The counsellor’s role is to listen attentively, be understanding and empathic, impartial and objective. Also to be non-judgemental and offer a balanced perspective so as to give the help and support you need in exploring problems of concern. It is important you feel relaxed and safe to talk openly and candidly about difficulties you are facing and wish to focus on; knowing you are being given the attention you need and in a completely professional and confidential environment.