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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Biography


Hi my name is Emma and I have been working solely as an online therapist since 2017. So if you are looking for an experienced therapist with specialist online training please get in touch.

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. I aim to offer a warm, friendly approach to counselling, which most importantly includes listening without judging.

So whatever you are struggling with - stress, low mood, anxiety, low self esteem, relationship issues, loss, anger, trauma - I will support you in exploring what is going on, help you work out what you would like to change, and work with you to find ways to make those changes.

I also have specialist experience and knowledge of disability, health, carer, student and gender dysphoria issues. I have lived experience of rare disability and carer issues [I have a disabled child].

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

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 just a question of finding what works for you.

I also use 'psycho-education' which can help you to understand the natural responses we have when life has been or is difficult. To this end I've developed a series of mind maps to help explain common issues eg anxiety, depression and low self esteem, common problems eg sleep issues, and which also identifies potentially useful solutions for you to try out.

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

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+