EJS Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Where can we check if a Therapist is on this BACP Register?
The Register website gives you access to a list of counsellors and psychotherapists who have met the standards for registration. All registrants are trained and are required to be in supervision and to undertake appropriate continued professional development. All members of BACP, including those on the Register, are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework. Check the Register

How long will my therapy take?
This will be discussed more fully towards the end of the initial meeting, when the way forward may be clearer.
The short-term route may entail 8-12 weeks approximately. This will be a more focused counselling approach, working towards agreed and well-defined goals. Open-ended psychotherapy addresses more complex issues in greater depth.

Who else will know? Is counselling confidential?
Confidentiality is an extremely important part of the counselling arrangement and I take it very seriously. However, there are a few aspects of confidentiality that I think need to be explained.

  • Counsellors are required to work with a supervisor to improve their practise (please go to www.bacp.co.uk to learn more about counselling and the ethical framework I work by). When I see my supervisor, it is sometimes necessary to tell her small parts of your story in order to help me work better with you. I do not tell my supervisor any more than I need to and she does not know the identity of any of my clients.
  • The only time I might break confidentiality with you would be if I thought you or another person were in danger of harm; I would only do this after discussion with you about your options; I would always prefer for you to seek further help yourself, and would only break confidentiality myself in an extreme case.
  • In the event of my death or incapacity, my professional executor would be informed of my clients contact details, so that she could contact you to inform you of my situation and help you to find a new counsellor if you wanted one.
  • I can discuss all the aspects of confidentiality more with you when we meet for the first time.

    What approaches do EJS Counselling Therapists draw upon as integrative counsellors?

    Person Centred Counselling.
    Offers a non-judgemental therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor, in which the client can explore what they need and want, and how they can achieve their goals.

    Psychodynamic Counselling.
    Works by bringing unconscious processes and emotions into consciousness; there is an emphasis on the influence of the past and on recurring patterns of behaviours and relationships.

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
    Works by examining the ways that thoughts, feelings and behaviours can affect each other, and how different aspects of these can be changed to solve specific problems.

    Art Therapy.
    A non-verbal way of revealing deeper emotions that may not otherwise be clearly expressed. The client is encouraged to express themselves freely through art, allowing a link between the subconscious and the product of the art therapy.

    Play Therapy.
    A client uses play to help communicate their personal perceptions without feeling interrogated or threatened. The therapist uses specific techniques to assess how the client experiences their world.

    Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, with compassion, and open-hearted curiosity .Through cultivating mindful awareness, we discover how to live in the present moment rather than brooding about the past or worrying about the future.

    Usefull Links
    Advice for families affected by Drug & Alcohol use
    Adfam's vision is a United Kingdom where every family member facing problems with drugs or alcohol will have access to a range of specialised services.

    ChildLine is a free 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call the helpline on 0800 1111 about any problem, at any time - day or night.

    Help for Lone Parents
    Gingerbread was started in 1970 and is a registered charity maintained by lone parents for lone parent families in England and Wales.

    Family Lives
    Family Lives is a UK registered charity which offers support to anyone parenting a child - the child's parents, stepparents, grand parents and foster parents.

    Help for Fathers
    Families Need Fathers is a registered UK charity which provides information and support to parents, including unmarried parents, of either sex. FNF is chiefly concerned with the problems of maintaining a child's relationship with both parents during and after family breakdown.

    Child Contact Centres
    Child Contact Centres are places where children of separated families can spend time with one or both parents and sometimes other family members, where there are no other viable options. The National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC) promotes safe child contact within a national framework of Child Contact Centres.

    LGBT/ Transgender Youth Support
    Outreach youth is committed to enabling Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer and Questioning (LGBT*Q+) young people and their peers, to realise their unique potential and to take a positive role in society, through their involvement and participation in social and informal education youth work opportunities.

    Pink Parents
    Pink Parents' aims are to promote equality and diversity and to eliminate discrimination in relation to lesbian, gay and bisexual parents and parents-to-be and their children.

    Family Lawyers
    Resolution's members are family lawyers committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes and follow a code of practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems.

    Women's Aid is a national domestic violence charity which co-ordinates and supports an England-wide network of over 300 local projects, providing over 500 refuges, helplines, outreach services and advice centres.

    Mankind Domestic Violence
    Mankind Domestic Violence supports men affected by domestic violence from their partners, helplines, advice centres and group meetings

    Adoption Support Fund
    The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) was established to help pay for essential therapy services for adoptive families as and when they need it. It has been set up because many families need some kind of support during and following adoption and too many have struggled to get the help they need in the past. The ASF will enable adoptive families to access the services they need more easily in future.

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