"The first step to making change is deciding that you no longer want to be where you are"
Coming for counselling can feel like a big step, especially if it is for the first time, but it is a positive one. My aim is to work alongside you in a confidential, safe and non-judgemental way, helping you to gain a better understanding of yourself, and exploring with you, the ways in which you may want to make changes to your life.
People are drawn to counselling for many different reasons. Life can often be challenging, and can leave you feeling alone and not knowing where you can go to be heard, understood or supported. This in turn can leave you feeling anxious, stressed, down, uncertain, afraid or unable to do what you want to do, and be who you want to be. Counselling and psychotherapy can help support you through these difficult times and changes in your life, for example through bereavement, loss of a relationship or health, family problems, stress, anxiety or depression.
It is easy to lose sight of what is important to you, or be struck by an unexpected event that can leave you feeling anxious, unhappy, stressed, down or stuck. Coming to counselling is a way of exploring and working through the issues that you are facing, enabling you to develop a deeper self-awareness and ability to make sense of your life. You are the expert of your life, no one else, and by listening to you, and working alongside you, I can start to understand how you are feeling by offering you a confidential, non-judgemental and empathic space where you can feel safe to explore what you are thinking and feeling.
I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor working with individuals. I hold an Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, and I am a registered member of BACP (MBACP) and an accredited registrant of the National Counselling Society (MNCS Accred).
I am trained and work as an integrative psychotherapist, which means that I put your needs first and foremost, whilst being able to draw on a number of different approaches, so that the counselling approach is tailored for you. In this sense my approach is person-centred, with the heart of my work being the therapeutic relationship, in order to enable positive changes and development.
This relationship can allow you to explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences in a way that you may not have been able to before and may help you to start to understand why you have been feeling the way you do. To become more self-accepting, and make changes that you want to make in order to move forward.
In my private practice I work with both adults and young people with issues of bereavement, anxiety, panic attacks, grief and loss, depression, stress, trauma, relationship issues, OCD, anger, gender and identity, self worth and self esteem.
As well as being in private practice, I also worked for Cruse as a bereavement volunteer, where I worked with adults on a one to one basis and also facilitated group work.
I am also a volunteer with the NHS Surrey & Borders Partnership Youth Counselling Service, part of Mindsight Surrey CAMHS, which offers short term counselling to 12-24 year olds. In my work with children and young people I have supported clients with issues such as anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, exam stress, depression, bullying, bereavement, anger, family and relationship issues, gender identity, trauma, abuse, self-harm and suicidal ideation.
How can Counselling help you?
Heidi Ellis Counselling offers a safe, comfortable and confidential space for you to explore anything that you may feel is confusing, uncomfortable, painful or angry. This is a time just for you, enabling you the space to think, talk and explore creatively if necessary, your thoughts, feelings and experiences. Two locations are available to suit you. Brighter Spaces is in Guildford town centre. The Eaves is on the outskirts of Guildford with free parking.
A counselling relationship is confidential, empathic and non judgemental. This relationship can allow you to explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences in a way that you may not have been able to before and may help you to start to understand why you have been feeling the way you do. To become more self-accepting, and make changes that you want to make in order to move forward.
We can meet for as many sessions as is helpful to you. We will regularly review together, how the sessions are going and whether you require further sessions. The actual sessions themselves last up to 50 minutes and are £50 a session. This is your time and your space, and I am there as a professional counsellor to support you. Session times are available to suit you.
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The Eaves, 3 Paris & 4 Beaufort, Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, GU2 9JX
Brighter Spaces, 54 Quarry Street, Guildford, GU1 3UA
Telephone: 07549 668727
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