Learn More About Me
An Integrative Counsellor
My first career was in the Royal Navy - a nurse in the Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service. On leaving the Service I worked in a busy general hospital in Hampshire. During my time at home with my children I volunteered with SSAFA and RN welfare.
Via postings abroad & the children I've been lucky to have also taught English to local kindergarten children in Belgium and been part of setting up a youth club.
All my experiences have lead me to becoming a qualified counsellor, trained to use different theoretical models. My focus in practice is very much person centred but can incorporate elements of Gestalt and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy if needed & by invitation.
I have experience of working as a counsellor in a 6th form college; a counselling agency, providing counselling services to the primary health care sector and I am a recognised counsellor ready to support both serving & veteran personnel & their families via the Royal Marine Association.
I am guided by an ethical & professional framework as a registrant member of the National Counselling Society. I attend monthly supervision sessions and take part in various continuing professional development opportunities to support my practice and registration.
My qualifications are:-
L4 Advanced Diploma in Counselling
L3 Diploma in Counselling Skills
L3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
BSc (Open) - relating to Health & Social Care
PTLLS - Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector.
To date I have had experience of clients needing counselling to help with various areas of concern and across the ages including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, bereavement & loss, chronic illness, self-esteem and self-confidence, trauma, & suicidal thoughts.
Coming to counselling is not easy and takes courage & I appreciate that. It can be challenging as you explore what is uppermost for you and the thoughts, feelings & emotions that surround that. Counselling can be of benefit at different stages of your journey, not just at the crisis points...........
What can you expect?
Counselling is a talking therapy with a trained person who is non-judgemental, has empathy & is congruent (honest). The process can increase self-awareness, identify choices and lead to sustainable and realistic change.
I offer individual counselling in a safe and confidential space in which you can explore by invitation what ever is uppermost for you.
Sessions are booked for 1 hour
We will have a negotiated agreement with each other's contact details recorded.
Appointments - Ideally are same time same day & the number of sessions are not time limited but will be planned ahead for ease of room bookings.
There will be planned review sessions to see how things are going.
The ending of our therapeutic relationship is as important as our beginning.........
Brief notes are recorded at the end of every session and are kept for 7 years in locked storage with me as the only key holder.
£40 per session
A concessionary rate is available for counselling students & those in full-time education or training of £25 per session.
Payment is due at the end of each session
Cash or cheques to be made payable to 'Rebecca Masters'
Receipts are given
Yesterday is history; tomorrow is a mystery; today is a gift!
A previous client..........
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Abbeymead Natural Health Clinic
7 Plymouth Road
0754 387 9460