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Welcome to Emma Weston (MBACP)
Counselling, Psychotherapy & Supervision

Counselling and Psychotherapy

  

We all experience times when things aren't going the way we might like. We can find ourselves anywhere from a bit grey and unhappy to extremely dark and depressed, overwhelmed, stressed and spun out. We can get stuck in negative patterns of thinking which are difficult to break, become worried or anxious about the future, or unable to reconcile past decisions. A neutral space to think and feel can be extremely useful. People come to counselling for a variety of reasons; it may be that you would like to:


· Develop better self awareness

· Work through a loss, bereavement, relationship break-up, or redundancy

· Increase your confidence, self-esteem or self-image

· Work on patterns of behaviour that may be causing you concern

· Discuss feelings of depression, anxiety, sadness, loneliness or emptiness

· Find more of a sense of purpose in life, to feel less stuck

· Try and resolve some issues from the past

· Feel more comfortable expressing your sexuality

· Work through a situation currently affecting your work life

· Develop a better understanding of your relationship issues

· Be able to resolve a family conflict

· Talk about something you have been bottling up

· Work on social skills to connect with people and make lasting relationships

· Develop better communication skills & become more assertive

· Develop better understanding of your partner & yourself


Counselling may be able to offer insights into these and other concerns in a safe, confidential, genuine, accepting and non-judgmental environment.

About me

I believe in creating a safe and confidential space to allow you to explore any issues that you wish to bring to therapy.  I am warm, sincere, caring, transparent in the way that I communicate and non judgemental. 


I am a registered, qualified counsellor and a member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to their ethical framework for The Counselling Professions.  I hold an Enhanced DBS Disclosure.


I hold a level 4 diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, a level 5 diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and I am currently studying for a MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice at Bath Spa University. I am currently undertaking CPCAB's level 6 certificate in Counselling Supervision which means I will be seeking supervisees, please contact me if you're a counsellor in need of supervision.


I have lived in Dorset for 8 years. I have a keen interest in health and well being and I am passionate about autism, neurodiversity and learning. As well as having a small private practice, I am a voluntary counsellor for an organisation where I have volunteered for over 6 years, working with people with Autism Spectrum Conditions and their family members. I have also facilitated a range of psychoeducative groups as a volunteer. 


I am an integrative therapist, meaning I work using a range of modalities, depending on the presenting issue. 


I am committed to undertaking regular continued professional development.

 

I work with adults, couples, adolescents, young people and children.  


I specialise in working with people with Autism Spectrum Conditions and  neurodiverse differences and this is the focus of my MA research.


I am able to facilitate a range of well being and psycho-educational based workshops, as well as workshops on the Autism Spectrum and group therapy.



Fees, location and contact details

I am able to see clients in central Dorchester or the Piddle Valley. I can also offer online or telephone counselling.


My fees are £40 per 50 minute session for individuals and £60 for couples.​ I am able to offer a small number of concessionary rates to those on low income and to student counsellors. 

 I am offering low cost supervision until November 2018.


Please call me to discuss your counselling, training or supervision requirements on:

 07470-089338 or email: emmawestoncounselling@gmail.com









Testimonials from voluntary counselling clients

'Emma combines a low key, warm approach with skill and enthusiasm. She immediately put my son at my ease and my son took to her straight away, despite him being very negative about almost everything at the time. The suitcase full of fiddle toys and games was great to take away pressure of direct talking and eye contact. We will definitely go back in the future if we need more help and have already recommended Emma to several others. Counsellors with good experience in autistic spectrum disorders seem to be pretty hard to come by so we're very grateful to have found Emma. Thank you!' SM

'Emma is very helpful in getting to the crux of my issues; very friendly and kind and I can highly recommend her as a counsellor' JW

'Thank you so much for all the help you have given B. I think it has helped B tremendously when it comes to facing unexpected problems. B offered advice  when I was really stressed, stuck in a traffic jam for an hour and a half! I know B has really enjoyed meeting with you and will miss her weekly  sessions.  Thank you again from all of us'. LW

'Thank you so much for helping me to cope better in social situations. Coming to counselling each week has been enormously helpful'. NG

'Counselling has been life changing. Thank you for helping to me make positive changes in my life. I am far happier and coming to see you has enabled me to make important life decisions and to think about things differently'. FH

'I highly recommend Emma as a counsellor and I feel that she was able to put me at ease as she is an excellent listener.  Since working with Emma, I feel more confident and better at communicating.  I understand myself better and Emma has taught me some useful assertiveness techniques'. TR

Well Being Group Tuesdays 7-9pm

“No man is an island entire of himself.”

The well being group is a weekly discussion group which focusses on well being. It is a small, warm and friendly group with a diverse range of people from the local community. Each week we will look at a different topic related to health and well being. Suggestions for new topics are always welcome and group members are encouraged to take part in discussion about the weekly topic, however people may contribute as much or as little as they feel comfortable with. New members are welcome.


There are many benefits to belonging to this group:

  • To gain from new knowledge and insights
  • To actively engage with other community members
  • An opportunity to meet new people and make new friends or acquaintances
  • Being part of a group is good for us
  • To gain new self awareness
  • To gain a sense of social connectedness

The group operates from Piddlehinton Village Hall, Rectory Road, Piddlehinton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7TF. It will focus on health and well being and everyone is welcome.  Please let me know if you would like to attend as numbers are limited due to the size of the venue.  



Workshops

Continued Professional Development

I organise a range of CPD workshops, they include lunch and refreshments and a certificate of CPD. Please contact me if you're interested.


May 26th 2018 - Assertiveness £60 in Somerset


Please contact me for further details.


Books that I like

Autism Spectrum Conditions and Neurodiversity

 

 ·The Complete Guide to Asperger's syndrome by Tony Attwood   

· Neurotribes by Steve Silberman  

· Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety by Nick Dubin   

· Martian in the Playground by Clare Sainsbury   

· Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome by Luke Jackson   

· Different Like Me - My book of autism heros by Elder   

· The Asperger Couple's Workbook by Maxine Aston  

· The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum by Purkis, Goodall & Nugent  

. When Your Child Has ADD/ADHD by Rebecca Rutledge


 Counselling and Psychotherapy   


· A Way of Being by Carl Rogers   

· Working at Relational Depth by Means and Cooper   

· On Psychotherapy by Petruska Clarkson   

· The Skilled Helper by Egan   

· Loves Executioner by Yalom   

· Existential Psychotherapy by Yalom   

· TA Today by Stewart and Joines   

· Making and Breaking of Affectionate Bonds by Bowlby   

· Windows to Our Children by Violet Oaklander

. The Empathy Trap by Jane McGregor

The collection and processing of data (GDPR)

Statement of Legal Basis for the collection and processing of data and my GDPR policy

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is concerned with the personal information about you that I collect, store, and share. As a counsellor and supervisor, under the above regulation, I am obliged to inform you that as part of my contract with you as your counsellor or supervisor I will need to collect and process information as detailed below. The BACP's (my professional body) requirement is that I seek regular supervision to ensure that I am practising safely and ethically and to help me develop insights and interventions that will benefit my clients, supervisees and myself. Third parties cannot identify clients or supervisees from our sessions due to its anonymous nature and information that is stored digitally will be kept securely for my use. Clients and supervisees will have had this explained and accept that the collection and processing of information from counselling and supervision sessions is a necessary part of their contractual obligation with me. This forms the legal basis for collecting and processing data.


PERSONAL INFORMATION I WILL COLLECT

· Name

· Gender (or preferred identity)

· Age

· Date of Birth

· Relationships and Progeny

· Occupation

· Address

· Telephone/SMS number (plus permission to send SMS and leave voice message)

· Email address

· Counselling History

· Medical conditions relevant to counselling

· Prescribed medication

· Difficulties

· Session summary


HOW I WILL STORE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

STORAGE METHODS

· Paper: written notes, these will be kept in a locked cabinet. 

· Smartphone: I will store your contact information in my personal iPhone; this allows me to contact you in case of emergencies. This phone is password protected. 

· Email/SMS/WhatsApp: your email address and correspondence will be stored in my email account (currently Gmail) by nature of you contacting me. Your telephone number may be stored in my SMS or WhatsApp app should we exchange messages this way. Electronic correspondence will also be held by the corresponding app (Gmail, Phone's SMS, WhatsApp).

· Website: none of your personal information is stored on my website.


PAPER DOCUMENTS HELD AND STORED IN A LOCKED CABINET

· Contact Sheet.

· Contract/Agreement.

· Assessment Record.

· Brief Session Notes.

· GDPR Agreement.

· Client Code (linking documents.)


ELECTRONIC

· Contact name and telephone.

· Email/SMS/WhatsApp.


HOW I MAY PROCESS/SHARE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION IN COUNSELLING SUPERVISION OR SUPERVISION OF SUPERVISION

I receive a monthly consultation called supervision with another therapist qualified in this process. The consultation process is for my practice and professional development, as well as to ensure that I am practising ethically and safely. In order to protect your privacy, my supervisor will not know you personally nor professionally. I will refer to you by your initials, and I may refer to your information verbally when it's helpful to my professional processes.


THERAPEUTIC WILL

Your name and contact details will be shared with my Therapeutic Executor. This is so that you will be contacted on the event of my death, should you still be in therapy or supervision with me.


EMERGENCIES

If your health is in jeopardy (provided I have your consent), I may share your contact information with an emergency healthcare service (e.g. Mental Health Crisis Team). If I have become aware of your intent to cause harm to another person/organisation (e.g. terrorism), the law may require that I inform an authority without seeking your permission. In such a situation, the law may require that I share your personal information without your knowledge such as if my notes are subpoenaed by a court of law.


ERASING YOUR INFORMATION

When we have finished working together, I will erase electronic copies of your information and correspondence within one month. I will hold onto your written information for up to seven years past the end of our working together. This is so that I have a reference of our work in situations such as you returning to counselling or supervision in the future. After this time has passed, I will shred the written information.


YOUR RIGHTS

You have the following rights:

· To be informed what information I hold (i.e. this document).

· To see the information I hold about you (free of charge for the initial request).

· To rectify any inaccurate or incomplete personal information.

· To withdraw consent to me using your personal information.

· To request your personal information be erased (though I can decline whilst the information is needed for me to practice lawfully and competently).


A printed copy of this statement will be given to you when we first meet for counselling or supervision. If we agree to continue working together, we will both sign the printed copy of this statement to indicate our agreement.


I aim to transparently communicate my legal basis for holding, storing and sharing information. This includes explaining what I will hold, how I will hold it, with whom I will share it, for how long, and what will happen when data is no longer needed. If any of this needs further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me.  As the Data Controller, I will deal with any issues or complaints and my contact details are at the top of my web page.