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


I am an experienced counsellor who has worked for a variety of different services: a low cost counselling service [short and long term counselling], in the NHS [6 - 12 session], for a Specialist Gender Identity Clinic [for people transitioning], at the University of Exeter [up to 6 sessions], and 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.

I use various approaches/techniques in sessions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [which is about recognising and challenging unhelpful thinking], mindfulness [which is about being in the here and now / relaxation], breathing technique and writing exercises - it's really a question of finding what works for you.

I also use 'psycho-education' to help clients to understand what mental distress is all about, and with this in mind I have developed a series of mindmaps to help people understand common issues eg anxiety, depression and low self esteem, also common problems eg sleep issues, and potential solutions.

The overall aim is to help you to feel more in control, so that you can then work out what you need to do to improve your own mental wellbeing and sense of happiness.

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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.

Languages spoken

• English
• French

Currently Practice

University of Exeter and privately online

Therapy Types

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 and managing lifestyle 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+