Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and safe environment.
A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy, and they can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you have. Psychological therapies include psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and relationship therapy, which could be between members of a family, a couple, or work colleagues.
Talking therapies such as counselling can be used to help with many different mental health conditions, including:
Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia
Ross has worked in the field of health and social care for over thirty years. For the first half of his career this involved working with disabled children and young people (including those who were sent away from home because they were “maladjusted”) and then with adults with learning disabilities.
Following this, for a period of some fifteen years, Ross then worked with homeless people with addictions, both in a residential setting and as part of a local authority/criminal justice system. During this time Ross specialised in working with prisoners and their families.
Now, having trained as a Gestalt Therapist, Ross seeks to support people with a broad range of difficulties. Ross has also trained as an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprogramming) Practitioner. This is used in the treatment of traumatic experiences such as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Ross is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and a member of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland. These professional bodies provide an ethical framework for practice and require a professional standard of competence and supervision
Through training and experience Ross has an ability to come alongside and support you to address matters that you are currently stuck in.
You may know why these difficulties are with you. But there may also be things happening which just don't make sense. Therapy can offer an understanding of how we find ourselves in these unexpected places, through honest, clear open dialogue.
Ross also works in a private psychiatric hospital, with adults and adolescents, and provides supervision for other Therapists.
He is registered with private medical companies including BUPA, AXA and AVIVA.
Heather works as a counsellor and psychotherapist with the NHS and in private practice, helping clients to make sense of their experiences and to challenge negative patterns in their lives. She works with depression and anxiety, loss and grief, relationship problems and life changes of all types. Heather also has a particular clinical interest in working with people in professional roles who struggle to maintain their mental wellbeing through stress and burnout.
Following a first degree from Oxford University, Heather worked as a business consultant and strategist for 15 years.
She became particularly interested in the human aspects of change when studying for her Masters and went on to study human and developmental psychology with the Open University before deciding to formally retrain and qualify as a counsellor and psychotherapist. She graduated with Distinction and is now a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
As our personalities develop, we all establish patterns of behaviour and communication which serve us well at certain times in our lives but may become unhelpful at other times.
Through therapy Heather will work with you to change these patterns and, using clear models and terminology, will help you to gain deeper insight into your own processes. She will help you to make changes which will be sustainable long after your therapy has ended.
Heather integrates a range of methods to offer you a uniquely tailored approach. She may use various counselling techniques to help you explore your experience, methods like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to deal with your responses to events in the here and now, and deeper psychotherapeutic techniques to revisit very early, subconscious decisions which are no longer appropriate but continue to negatively affect your life.
At the heart of Heather’s approach is a fundamental belief that you have the power to change.
Nicola has a BA (Hons) in Humanistic Counselling and a Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. Nicola has been in practice for 7 years during which her work has involved helping and supporting individuals to overcome many different issues including relationship problems, anxiety, depression and grief.
Nicola has worked extensively with teenagers and young adults in particular, but is qualified to see all ages. She offers a holistic approach to counselling, working with her client’s emotions, feelings and thoughts.
Nicolas approach is Humanistic, which means that the clients subjective experience is very important and allows the client to explore whichever issues they are concerned about. These issues have often been influenced by past or present experiences. Her approach is thoughtful, engaged and compassionate and can also at times be challenging. Her way of working enables clients, through the counselling relationship of non judgment and respect to work towards a more resourceful and satisfying way of being.
She is BACP registered so adheres to the strict code of ethical practice of the associations professional framework.
|Monday||9:30am - 7:30pm||Counselling with Heather or Ross
|Tuesday||4:00pm - 6:00pm||Counselling with Nicola|
|Wednesday||3:00pm - 7:00pm||Counselling with Heather|
|Thursday||3:00pm - 7:00pm||Counselling with Ross|
|Friday||9:30pm - 6:00pm||Counselling with Ross or Heather|
|Counselling assessment (Ross)||£25|
|Counselling session (Ross & Heather)||55 mins||£60|
|Counselling session (Nicola)||55 mins||£50|