Heidi EllisIntegrative psychotherapist
'The first step to making change is deciding that you no longer want to be where you are.'
People are drawn to counselling for many different reasons. Life can often be challenging, and can leave you feeling alone and not knowing where you can go to be heard, understood or supported. This in turn can leave you feeling anxious, stressed, down, uncertain, afraid or unable to do what you want to do, and be who you want to be. Counselling and psychotherapy can help support you through these difficult times and changes in your life, for example through bereavement, loss of a relationship or health, family problems, stress, anxiety or depression.
It is easy to lose sight of what is important to you, or be struck by an unexpected event that can leave you feeling anxious, unhappy, stressed, down or stuck. Coming to counselling is a way of exploring and working through the issues that you are facing, enabling you to develop a deeper self-awareness and ability to make sense of your life. You are the expert of your life, no one else, and by listening to you, and working alongside you, I can start to understand how you are feeling by offering you a confidential, non-judgemental and empathic space where you can feel safe to explore what you are thinking and feeling.
I am trained and work as an integrative psychotherapist, which means that I put your needs first and foremost, whilst being able to draw on a number of different approaches, so that the counselling approach is tailored for you. In this sense my approach is person-centred, with the heart of my work being the therapeutic relationship, in order to enable positive changes and development.
This relationship can allow you to explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences in a way that you may not have been able to before and may help you to start to understand why you have been feeling the way you do. To become more self-accepting, and make changes that you want to make in order to move forward.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
Free initial telephone consultation.
Subsequent sessions are £50 for 50 minutes.
Training and qualifications
Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Awareness in Bereavement Care Foundation Course
BSc Hons Psychology and Criminology
I attend regular continued professional development training courses to develop my experience and practice.
Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and I abide by their ethical framework and requirements for continuing professional development and supervision.
Accredited registrant of the National Counselling Society (MNCS Accred).
In my private practice I work with adults and young people with issues including anxiety, panic attacks, depression, stress, trauma, grief and loss, relationship issues, obsessive compulsive disorder, low self-worth, low self-esteem, and building confidence.
As well as being in private practice, I am an associate with NTAPS working with clients who have experienced trauma, using short term trauma focused CBT.
I am also a volunteer counsellor with the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC).
I also worked with Cruse as a bereavement volunteer, where I work with bereaved clients on both a one to one basis and facilitated group work, and volunteered with the NHS Surrey & Borders Partnership Youth Counselling Service, part of Mindsight Surrey CAMHS, which offers short term counselling to 12-24 year olds.