I am Emma, welcome to my website where you can find out more about me, my therapeutic approach and how we might work together. This website also answers practical questions around how counselling works. Additionally, I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation to answer any further questions and hear more about what has brought you here today.
I am a Humanistic counsellor who recognises the importance of an individual’s potential and their ability to experience growth and change. I specialise in a type of therapy known as, 'Transactional Analysis'. Transactional Analysis may enable a more structured way of working and can be useful for understanding your own particular ways of coping and responding.
Perhaps some of the ways you are responding to life's challenges and your personal relationships no longer serve you. Historic and outdated behavioural patterns may cause you to feel that something is not quite right but you don't know how to change it. You may feel stuck and frustrated and become disillusioned that change and the feeling of peace and contentment is even possible.
I can provide a space where you can explore what it is that might be holding you back and causing your low mood, restlessness or lack of motivation. Whether it's about exploring a specific time of your life where you experienced something difficult or just that you don't feel quite 'yourself', talking with a counsellor can offer you a vital outlet to start to feel back in control of your life.
I have a particular interest in identity and what shapes and defines it. I believe many of us may lose our sense of self at one or more stages in our life. This is often simply due to everyday life events; such as having children, marriage, separation or divorce or the grief experienced through the death of a loved one. These challenging and disorientating changes can erode your confidence and leave you feeling out of touch with who you thought you were. Once we begin to lose that 'core' self, we are less able to calmly respond and cope using our usual strategies. We may feel vulnerable, confused and exhausted.
Much of my experience includes working with trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, low self-esteem and identity. I run my own private practice from a convenient location in the South-East where I keep office hours for face-to-face work. I offer and I am experienced in Zoom/Skype and phone therapy. This can suit people by providing a flexible and effective alternative, particularly during the current unpredictable COVID times. I balance my private practice alongside my role as Counselling Lead for a women's service that supports vulnerable women.
To better support and enhance my client work; I am committed to my continuing professional development and regularly attend workshops to enhance my knowledge, understanding and grounding in this field.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework. I hold personal liability insurance and an enhanced DBS certificate and I attend regular, clinical supervision.