Counselling

Hello, my name is Dawn and I am a fully qualified Therapeutic Counsellor, offering you a professional counselling service by aiming to provide a warm, non-judgmental, supportive and confidential space; enabling you to take that time for yourself to explore any concerns at your own pace, in order to help you gain a better understanding of yourself and any difficulties you may be facing.  I see counselling as a journey of self-discovery and personal growth; one where I work alongside you.
We often find ourselves struggling with life's experiences which can leave us feeling hurt, confused and alone.  It can be difficult to find that impartial person to talk to about how we feel in order to try and make sense of things, or to even find the time in our busy lives to really think about and connect with what is going on for us in order to try and make sense of things - and that's where counselling can help.

Going to counselling, especially for the first time, can be a daunting experience for many.  Taking that first step can be a big achievement in itself and I personally believe that being able to ask for that extra support is very courageous.

How I work
I work in an integrative way which means I work with several different theoretical approaches which enables me to adapt the work to suit your individual needs.  I offer counselling to adults on either a short or long term basis, dependent on the client's needs and each session lasts for 50 minutes; usually sessions are booked at the same time/day each week.
Finding the right therapist for you is such a powerful factor in the process of emotional and psychological healing and so your initial assessment will be an opportunity to see if we are a good "fit" as well as exploring what you would like to get from counselling.  At the end of the initial assessment, we can arrange to meet again or you may prefer to take some extra time to decide on whether counselling is right for you at that time and indeed, if you feel that I am the right Counsellor for you.
Qualifications & experience

I am fully insured and am also a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and therefore I adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.  I have gained experience working with various charities whose different specialisms ranged from mental health and bereavement through to sexual abuse/trauma survivors.
Areas of experience
  • Abortion
  • Addiction
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment
  • Bereavement
  • Childhood bereavement
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Domestic violence
  • Eating disorders
  • Loneliness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Miscarriage
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual abuse
  • Stress
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Trauma
Qualifications
  • (currently working towards ) Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB)