Talking Changes Lives
Flourish is a private counselling practice in Chelmsford, Essex which aims to help people flourish in their lives.
Psychodynamic counselling explores how early life experiences influence our feelings and behaviour in the here and now. Through gaining a better understanding of ourselves we can make more sense of the difficulties we may be facing.
At Flourish we recognise that each person is unique and each person’s counselling will be unique. We offer a safe space to talk, think and be heard.
My name is Eleanor and I am an experienced counsellor who is passionate about the possibility for change through professional counselling. I will work with you, exploring your thoughts and feelings to try and make sense of what is happening so that you live your life to the full again.
I know it can be daunting finding a counsellor. I have an MSc in Psychology and a BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) accredited Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling. This was a rigorous training lasting four years and requiring a high number of clinical hours with clients. Psychodynamic is just one approach to counselling that looks at our past life experiences and considers how they may affect our present lives.
Before setting up my private practice I worked for a number of years as an Honorary Psychotherapist within the mental health team at NHS Essex Partnership University Trust. I have also worked as a counsellor at Chelmsford Counselling Foundation.
I offer short-term and long-term counselling in my private practice. Qualified and experienced, I like to think that I am a safe pair of hands. If you think you would like to have counselling with me, please get in touch for an introductory session.
How I Can Help
I believe that there are moments in life when we can all benefit from talking and being listened to by someone other than family or friends. You could be experiencing anxiety or depression and feel overwhelmed by daily life. You may have experienced a bereavement, an accident, a traumatic incident, a change in your work or family circumstances, domestic abuse, relationship difficulties or perhaps you may just feel that something is not quite right. Talking to a trained counsellor can help you to understand your feelings and lead to recovery.
As your counsellor I won’t tell you what to do or give you homework. We will meet each week and it will be your time to talk about whatever is on your mind. Some people come to counselling for a specific reason but others may not be able to explain or understand their feelings. It can be difficult sometimes to know if counselling is right for you but if you are even vaguely thinking about it I would be happy to talk to you. I won’t pressure you into having counselling and I will be honest with you about whether I think it is the right thing for you to do.
Areas of Experience
Just some of the areas of counselling that I have experience of working with:
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger’s syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Unexplained sadness
Fees & Sessions
Appointments are available Monday-Friday 8am-9pm
Initial Consultation: £40.00
- £40.00 per 50-minute appointment
- Cancelled Sessions
- 48 hours’ notice is required to cancel a session without charge.
- If less than 48 hours’ notice is given the full session fee is payable.
My practice is in a beautiful, tranquil location in Chelmsford and offers a safe, comfortable and confidential space to talk.
It is conveniently located on the west side of Chelmsford with on-site parking.
Frequently Asked Questions
I will listen and talk to you with respect, honesty and compassion. I abide by the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. We will speak in strictest confidence unless someone is at risk of serious harm. I am registered with the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) and will store any personal information in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1988.
Our first session together is an opportunity for you to get an idea about what counselling with me might be like and to ask any questions. It is an opportunity to see if you feel I am the right therapist for you.
I will draw on a range of theoretical models as I seek to find the best approach for you. I am committed to using the extensive knowledge, experience and techniques I have gained from my years of training and experience. I will work with you to tailor your individual counselling to suit your needs.
Counselling is deeply personal; we all experience it differently and the outcome will be different for each of us. Counselling involves me listening to you to explore what you are experiencing in a safe, confidential space. Together we can make better sense of things, enabling you to move forward towards a more positive future.
I cannot predict how many sessions you may benefit from. It is different for each person. Typically it requires a number of sessions and a commitment to attend regularly. If you have a specific timeframe in mind, we can discuss this at the initial consultation meeting.
There is no commitment to attend counselling with me. It is your time and it is up to you if you change your mind. I always prefer to talk about this with you as sometimes people decide to stop counselling just at the time when things are beginning to work. Often this can be because we are talking about some difficult areas of your life and it may be that we need to think about this together. Counselling sessions can be uncomfortable, but they shouldn’t be unbearable and by acknowledging these things I can help you to manage the discomfort.