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Last updated: 9 Jun 2020
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Family Therapy
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
I am an experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor who has been practicing for over 18 years. In that time I have seen 100's of clients and had over 5000 counselling hours which evidences my experiences.
I have had many successes across a wide range of issues, am fully supervised and trained. Because I am passionate about counselling I attend training courses regularly to ensure that my knowledge is constantly updated. I have a dedicated counselling room which offers a private, safe and confidential environment. with excellent parking and disabled access.
Testimonials : "I have found a few weeks with you have benefited me more than a year with my other counsellor", "I would never have been able to handle life so well before I came to you", "You, Mrs Hallam are good for the soul, you allowed me to talk about my darkest fears and find - my own way like no other person I have ever known. I will be indebted to you forever" For more information and testimonials, please feel free to visit my website as above : www.shconfidentialcounselling.co.uk
14 years exp as volunteer counsellor - young people between the age of 14 and 25 AICH & YMCA. This, I believe, kept me grounded and ensured that my values and skills were maintained. It also allowed me to empower young people who have little or no control of their environment. I now work with young people and their parents (together or separately) within my private practice.
During my training, I had to attend several experiential days and many weekends which gave me a huge self awareness and understanding of myself. This together with my training enabled me to become a successful counsellor. I embarked on a training course back in 2000 at a time in my life when I seemingly had everything but was deeply unhappy within. I was ready to throw away everything which was good in my life. My training has enabled me to become aware of my own prejudices so that I do not stereotype people as I believe each person is an individual and every situation is unique and different. My beliefs of counselling are to encourage the client to work out their own solution, responding and relating when appropriate, so the client can make their own decisions and by not giving advice it enables each client to take responsibility for themselves rather than become dependent. I trust the client to know what is right for them, accepting where my clients are. I know how difficult it is to talk to anyone, let alone a stranger, and I understand the courage it takes to make changes to your life. I studied the Carl Rogers Person Centred Approach which encompasses the 3 Core Conditions of Congruence (genuineness, openness & honesty), Empathy (the ability to walk in someone else's world) and Unconditional Positive Regard (non judgemental and respecting feelings).
Part of the course criteria was to personally receive 40 hours of Person Centred Counselling, which I far exceeded. This counselling has enabled me to explore my own awareness in safety and I believe that this gives me the ability to stay with what my client brings and also an insight of what environment to offer; allowing me to tap into my own resources.
* Group Facilitator, Regular Group Facilitation (between 12 to 30 participants) at experiential weekends
* Tutoring at St Ivo community Education Introduction to Counselling NVQ Level 2
* Attendance at numerous experiential workshops in addition to those course requirements, which included 12 residential weekend experiential and in excess of 35 weekend experiential
* First contact listening and support service for Huntingdonshire District Council employees
* Private practice for 17 years
* BACP Accredited
Post Graduate Level 6 Supervision
BACP Accredited UKRCP Registered
CAMH (Child & Adolescent Mental Health) 11 week foundation course
Level 6 Supervision Course
Relate Couple Counselling
Diploma in Counselling RICKTAR Practitioner
Areas of interest
Abortion; Abuse; Addiction(s); ADHD; Affairs and betrayals; Alcoholism; Anger management; Anorexia; Anxiety; Asperger's; Autisim; Bereavement; Binge-eating; Bipolar; Bulimia; Bullying; Cancer; Career; Carer support; Child related issues; Childhood bereavement; Childhood bullying; Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME; Dementia; Depression; Depression and anxiety in children; Disabilities; Domestic violence; Drug abuse; Eating disorders; Emotional abuse; Family issues; Feeling sad; Gambling; Gender dysphoria; Internet addiction; Learning difficulties; Loneliness; Low self-confidence; Low self-esteem; Miscarriage; Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD); Panic disorder; Passive aggressive behaviour; Phobias; Physical abuse; (PTSD); Postnatal depression; Pregnancy and birth; Redundancy; Relationship problems; Schizophrenia; (SAD); self-harm; Separation and divorce; Separation anxiety; Sex problems; Sexual abuse; Sexuality; Smoking; Spirituality; Stress; Suicidal thoughts; Trauma; Work-related stress
Other ways of contacting me
I can be contacted directly using Skype. My Skype ID is: Sylvia.hallam1