Heidi Ellis Integrative psychotherapist , GU2
'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.
Training and qualifications
Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Trauma Focused CBT
Awareness in Bereavement Care Foundation Course
BSc Hons Psychology and Criminology
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, grief and loss, depression, trauma, stress, relationship issues, obsessive compulsive disorder, anger, gender and identity, self worth, self esteem, personal growth and development.
As well as being in private practice, I am also a volunteer with the NHS Surrey & Borders Partnership Youth Counselling Service, part of Mindsight Surrey CAMHS, which offers short term counselling to 12-24 year olds. In my work with young people I have supported clients with issues such as anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, exam stress, depression, bullying, bereavement, anger, family and relationship issues, gender identity, trauma, abuse, self-harm and suicidal ideation.
I am an associate with NTAPS working with clients using short term trauma focused CBT.
I also worked for Cruse as a bereavement volunteer, where I worked with bereaved clients on both a one to one basis and facilitated group work.
Free initial telephone consultation.
Subsequent sessions are £50 for 50 minutes.
Cognitive behaviour therapy Integrative Person-centred/humanistic Psychoanalytic Solution-focused therapy Transactional analysis Issues often worked with:
AnxietyBereavementDepressionGender identityInterpersonal relationshipsTraumaCouple relationships Availability:
Has availability Therapy offered:
In person Client groups:
IndividualsAdolescents Member organisations:
3 Paris, Parklands, Railton Road
54 Quarry Street