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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.


April 28th 2018 - Facilitating groups £60 in Somerset

May 16th 2018 - Emotional abuse  £130 in Knightsbridge, London

May 26th 2018 - Assertiveness £60 in Somerset

June 13th 2018 - Emotional abuse £130 in Knightsbridge, London


Please contact me for further details.


Books that I like

Autism Spectrum Conditions

 

 ·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  


 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