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ABOUT ZOE

I offer individual counselling for adults online via zoom, WhatsApp and telephone.

In addition to the broad range of issues I work with, I'm also a counsellor at a local hospice with particular experience of working with the pain and sadness of bereavement, loss and life limiting illness

 
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MORE ABOUT COUNSELLING

You may be feeling overwhelmed, stressed anxious, stuck, not sure where to begin but would benefit from some support to explore your situation and help you make sense of things. The challenges you are facing may be impacting on your relationships and mood, feeling depressed or experiencing low self esteem. 

It takes courage to make the first step in finding a counsellor. This might be the first time you've considered counselling, it can be overwhelming with the amount of choice when you look at the various counselling directories, deciding which path and approach you want to take. 

Therefore you can call me to arrange a free 20 minute consultation by phone, zoom or WhatsApp to see how we might work together and how I might be able to help. This will give you time to sense how you feel with me before you decide what you want to do next and if you feel ready to book your first session. It's important that you feel that I'm the right person for you. 

My aim is to offer a safe, confidential space that gives you 50 minutes at a regular time each week to talk about whatever you want to bring to the session, away from the interruptions and distractions of others, just time and freedom for you to focus solely on yourself in exploring your thoughts, feelings and issues in an environment where you can build trust and open up without the fear of judgment, so you can say what you truly feel. 

I will work collaboratively with you to help face difficulties and facilitate the resources within you to gain new insights and a clearer understanding of yourself and your relationships. Helping you reflect on what you need or what might be holding you back, to enable you to have a greater awareness of your choices or view a situation in a different light.

From when we first meet it's an unknown journey, it's as though you arrive with all that you're holding in a bag, you put the bag down and in your own time start to unpack what you've been struggling with, from here the process begins to

unfold.'It's the client who knows what hurts, what direction to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried' - (Carl Rogers, the father of person centred counselling)

It's your path to explore, your insights and learning to be discovered. In this sense I help enable you to find your internal compass in knowing what's best for you, for change and personal growth to develop at your own pace. 

You can be assured that I'm a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy www.bacp.co.uk and adhere to their ethical framework and good practice. I attend regular supervision and courses for continued practitioner development.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS PERSON CENTRED COUNSELLING?

Carl Rogers was an American psychologist who founded the approach. As the name suggests this mode of therapy concentrates very much on the person and uses the therapeutic relationship to help you understand what is happening in your world. It's a non-directive approach, I believe you are the expert on your life, therefore you bring to the session what you feel is most important. 

I will work collaboratively with you in building an empathic relationship to help you face difficulties, make changes and find a way forward at a pace that is best for you. 

WHAT IS EXISTENTIAL THERAPY?

This type of therapy focuses on the struggle we have as humans and our place in the world physically, socially, personally and spirituality. How we experience and sense life through our own unique lenses. Existential therapy uses a strong philosophical understanding to help you better understand what is happening in your world and can be an empowering way to facilitate the resources within you to gain new insights and a greater awareness of your choices. Its key concepts are concerned with freedom, responsibility, anxiety, isolation, meaning and death.

HOW LONG DOES EACH COUNSELLING SESSION LAST?

Each one to one session lasts 50 minutes from the agreed starting time.

HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?

Free initial 20 minute consultation. 

£50 per session online via zoom, WhatsApp or telephone.

I have limited availability for concessionary rates, please enquire for further information.

Payment by bank transfer on the day of the session .

HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED TO COME FOR?

I offer one to one short and long term counselling. The number of sessions varies from client to client and depends on your individual needs. However I will periodically undertake a review with you. This is an opportunity for us to discuss how the sessions are going and mutually decide how to proceed and when appropriate work towards an ending of therapy.

IS WHAT WE DISCUSS CONFIDENTIAL?

All information disclosed during our sessions will be treated as confidential according to the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy guidelines. I adhere to an ethical framework for the counselling professions. Part of my requirement of the BACP is seeing a supervisor, I may discuss aspects of my work to ensure standards and good practice. Your identity will remain protected, they are also bound by confidentiality.

WHAT CAN I TALK ABOUT?

Anything you choose, this is your time and space.

ARE YOU QUALIFIED?

I'm a professionally trained person centred counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy www.bacp.co.uk 

I continue to develop my practice through CPD (continued practitioner development) comprising of courses, training workshops and conferences. 

Qualifications:

  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

  • NCFE Level 3 Counselling Skills and Theory 

  • NCFE Level 2 Helping Skills

Further training: 

  •  Bereavement & Loss - Surrey County Counselling Training

  • Working with Bereavement & Complex Grief (BACP)

  • Trauma & Coping - Surrey Counselling Training

  •  How to do counselling online: a coronavirus primer - The Open University

  • Relational Depth in Counselling & Psychotherapy - Mick Cooper

  • Existential Therapy & the Art of Living - Emmy Van Deurzen

  • The Engine of Shame - Juliet Grayson & William Ayot

  • Virtual Trauma Summit 2020 - Action Trauma 

TESTIMONIALS

'Zoe's approach to counselling made me feel at ease from the start. I always felt seen, heard and understood. The sessions went at my own pace which allowed me to trust in the process. I've grown from the experience and highly recommend counselling, especially with Zoe.'

 
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CONTACT

Zoe Hedges Counsellor/Psychotherapist

07773 625 167