Are you struggling with life? Feeling overwhelmed, distressed, or dissatisfied? Life can be full of challenges but you don't have to face them alone. Counselling can help you to resolve emotional or relationship difficulties by having the opportunity to explore issues and to make positive changes.
I’m Emma Curtis, a qualified counsellor who is registered to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I offer individual counselling to adults who are struggling with a variety of issues including emotional distress, anxiety, trauma, depression, bereavement, sexual abuse, domestic abuse and a cancer diagnosis.
There is hope!
My approach is integrative which means that I use a variety of approaches in order to provide each client with a style of therapy that is suited to them. This includes transactional analysis, person-centred therapy, gestalt and more creative approaches such as art therapy. I work with people in an atmosphere of trust, providing the opportunity to explore thoughts, feelings and behaviours without judgement. It’s important to me that clients feel safe enough to vocalise what it is that troubles them, finding solutions and changing patterns of thinking to overcome life’s hurdles.
I am a registered member of the BACP, which means that I work within their ethical framework and am accountable to a professional body. I also have regular clinical supervision which ensures that I provide a safe and professional service to clients.
Each session lasts for up to 1 hour and costs £40. However, the first appointment will be at the reduced rate of £20. It will be an opportunity to explore whether this type of counselling is right for you in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
I am currently able to offer appointments on Thursdays between the hours of 11am and 5pm, Tuesday evenings between 5pm and 8.30pm, and Wednesday evenings between 5pm and 8.30pm.
I have a degree in Psychology with English BSc from the University of Southampton and an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the Iron Mill Institute in Exeter. Since qualifying, I have attended numerous workshops and training days on issues such as self injury, bereavement, sexual abuse, addictions, domestic abuse and continue to do so as part of my continued professional development. I never stop learning!
In my professional career I worked for a number of years within the Criminal Justice System where I supported victims and witnesses of crime and specialised in cases involving a fatality. I then worked for 3 years for the Police in child and vulnerable adult protection, so I have extensive knowledge and experience regarding safeguarding concerns. Over the past 5 years I have specialised in providing emotional support and advocacy to children and adult victims of rape and sexual assault for the NHS. This includes guidance through the forensic medical examination, police investigation and Trial process.