Emma West

Specialist in Depression • Anxiety • Stress • Low self esteem • Abuse • Disability/health issues • Trauma – one off/ongoing/childhood • Carer issues • Loneliness • Relationship difficulties • Gender dysphoria/transitioning • Parenting issues • Managing lifestyle issues

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Re the current Covid-19 situation: A lot of people are turning to online counselling due to Covid-19 self isolation, so if you are looking for an experienced online therapist with specialist training in online therapy please do get in touch.

Whatever you are struggling with - stress, low mood, anxiety, low self esteem, relationships, loss, anger, trauma - I can help you work out what you would like to change and find ways to make those changes.

Specialist areas: I also have specialist experience and knowledge of disability, health, carer, student and gender dysphoria issues.

I've plenty of experience of doing short and long term work via a variety of different services - a low cost counselling service, in the NHS taking referrals from the Depression and Anxiety service, for an NHS Specialist Gender Identity Clinic [for people transitioning], at the University of Exeter, as well as privately online.

My background, of working at the BBC and being a writer, means I have a lot of experience of putting people at ease and developing a good rapport, and I aim to offer a warm, friendly approach to counselling, which most importantly includes listening without judging.

As well as doing a lot of listening I use a variety of approaches/techniques in sessions to help you make the changes you want to make, for example: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [which is about recognising and challenging unhelpful thinking], mindfulness [which is about being in the here and now / relaxation], breathing techniques, and writing exercises - these are just some examples, really it's a question of finding what works for you.

I also use 'psycho-education' which can help you to understand what mental distress is all about and what might help. I've developed a series of mindmaps to help explain common issues eg anxiety, depression and low self esteem, common problems eg sleep issues, and potentially useful solutions.

Please message me if you'd like a session on a day/time that isn't available on my calendar because I could have availability on other days.

Member of

Accredited Member of BACP

Approach to treatment

I aim to offer a friendly approach to counselling, listening without judging. I believe that it's important for people to understand what mental distress is all about, with this in mind I have developed a series of mindmaps to help people understand common issues eg anxiety, depression, common problems eg sleep issues, and solutions. The idea being that information and understanding means it's possible to feel more in control about doing something positive to improve your own mental wellbeing. CBT, Person Centred, Mindfulness, Psycho-Education

Languages spoken

• English

Currently Practice

Privately online

Therapy Types

Stress, low mood, anxiety, low self esteem, relationships, loss, anger, trauma. I also have specialist experience and knowledge of disability, carer, health, student and gender dysphoria issues.

Qualifications

• Online Counselling Certificate Course, OCST [Online Counselling Services and Training], passed with Distinction, May 2016 – July 2016
• Creative CBT Diploma, Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Sept 2014 – Feb 2015
• Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling [Level 4], Exeter College, Sept 2012 – July 2014
• BSc (Hons) Psychology 2:1, University of Bristol, 1988 – 1991

Demographics of Focus

I work with adults, 18+