Hello, my name is Emma and I have over ten years experience as a counsellor. I have a BA in Psychology and a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. Alongside my general counselling experience i have worked for specialist service organisations covering self-harm, crisis support, substance misuse, rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse. I work as a counsellor for the NHS alongside my private practice.
Although Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT played a central theme in my diploma I would describe myself as an Integrative counsellor. I will adapt my model and use creativity within my work, such as exploration through objects or art.
An Integrative Counsellor means that I use a combination of theories including - Person-Centred Therapy and Psychodynamic Counselling - with the aim of best matching the approach to the goal of the work and person who I am working with.
My approach assumes that the quality of our meeting is more important than any technique or theory that I use, and that different issues have meanings particular to the individual. Open communication is the key.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and abide by their Code of Ethics.
For further information, see www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework
Alongside my work as a counsellor I have worked as a service lead, most recently managing a Self Harm Helpline. I was involved in some research during this period of my work, see publication and link below.
In my personal life I enjoy all areas of well-being and fitness including weightlifting and mountain biking. I am also a qualified Personal Trainer and masseuse.
If you would like to chat to me about counseling or arrange an appointment, please contact me via the contact page. If counseling turns out not to be appropriate for you I may be able to suggest other forms of help.
Crisis, The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide, 2015, Evaluating the Efficacy of a Helpline From a Service User and Helpline Worker Perspective. Philip Tyson 1, Claire Law 1, Sophie Reed 2, Emma Johnsey 2, Olusola Aruna 3, and Sue Hall 4
Diploma in Counselling