Counselling

About Counselling

Hello, my name is Dawn and I can appreciate that going to counselling, especially for the first time, can be a daunting experience. So I will do all that I can to help ease the experience for you by offering a warm welcome and a safe and confidential place where I will listen, encourage and support you. I recognise that it can take time to feel able to trust someone, to open up and share your thoughts and feelings with them for fear of judgement or rejection. Therefore, it is your decision as to what you choose to discuss and at a time when you feel ready to.

Counselling is not about judging, blaming or offering advice. Instead, I see my role as a professional one that supports you as we work together to help you make more sense of things. This may include exploring how your past may be affecting your present; looking at how your current thought processes may be influencing your feelings and behaviours; or considering alternative perspectives.

How can counselling help?

By being in a safe environment where you can give yourself the time and space to express yourself freely to someone impartial, without the worry of being judged or the intrusion of someone else's opinion, it enables the healing process to begin. To be really listened to, understood and valued for the unique person that you are can be a powerful experience.

We will work together to explore your concerns so that you can gain a better understanding of yourself through self-reflection, helping you to discover your own solutions to either resolve or cope better with issues. It may also be beneficial to incorporate learning some new tools to help manage certain areas of concern.

I believe that we all have that innate drive to become who we were meant to be and also that we have the inner resources needed to get there, but we often lose sight of this through life's experiences and social conditioning. Working with a counsellor can help you re-discover your true self, helping you grow as a person and to feel more empowered and self-aware.

About me and how I work

Having spent most of my life in administration roles I often felt unfulfilled in my work. Then several years ago, after encountering my own major life experiences, it gave me the impetus to make those necessary changes, setting me on the path to become a counsellor. I feel that my own varied life experiences help me to understand many of the difficulties that life can present us with. Now I feel passionate about my work: helping others to help themselves, investing in themselves and their own futures.

I work with a variety of concerns, ranging from anxiety and depression through to low self-esteem and bereavement. I have a particular interest in working with trauma/abuse and trauma-related issues ie. PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).

I trained as an Integrative Counsellor which means I work from several different theories, enabling me to adapt the work to suit your individual needs. In addition, there maybe scope to include mindfulness, creative working and where relevant, guided meditation, if these feel beneficial to the work.

What happens now?

If you would like to book an appointment please call or email me. Or, if you would prefer to have a brief chat first, do please get in touch to find out what you would like to get out of counselling. You can call me on 07585 558101 or through Reception on 01249 443390. If you would prefer to email me you can do so at dawn@stepping-stones-counselling.co.uk

What happens in the first session?

Not only does it give us the opportunity to meet each other and for you to see whether you feel comfortable working with me but it also enables us to discuss what you hope to get from counselling and indeed, if I am the right counsellor for you. You can also ask any questions you may have about the counselling process.

There is no obligation to continue beyond the first session but if you would like to, then we will arrange a second session with a view to meeting weekly (or fortnightly) for the initial 6 sessions, at which point we can review progress and decide whether you would like to continue.

Counselling offered

I offer counselling to adults (18+) on either a short or long term basis, dependent on the client's needs. Short term counselling often focuses on a particular issue, ie loss or bereavement, whereas longer term counselling allows for deeper exploration and understanding of how life's experiences have (and are) impacting on you.

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
  • 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)
  • I hold a Certificate of Proficiency (BACP)