What is my commitment?
Such a lot can change in a person’s life if only they can make that first step and be heard. My commitment is to provide you with this time for you to reflect, explore and move forward. I feel strongly about people being able to have access to counselling and confidential help when it’s needed and I am dedicated to this.
What is my approach?
My therapeutic approach is calm and patient. I keep a very open heart and I am non-judgemental. So whatever you want to talk about, whatever is worrying you, I am here to give you my complete attention and respect, as we work together on a journey towards acceptance or change in your life. You will find a warm, professional and meaningful counsellor / client relationship in which it’s easy and comfortable for you to communicate. My approach is person centred however some clients prefer a more structured approach for specific goals they would like to work towards in their life. This is a method that is sometimes included in the way I work with certain clients in my counselling practice, when appropriate. Additionally, as a fully qualified life coach, I offer life coaching as another separate service.
What are my qualifications and experience?
As a fully qualified and experienced therapeutic counsellor, registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and member of the British Psychological Society, I work according to their regulations and guidelines for good ethical practice and work to a high standard. I attend regular ongoing private Clinical Supervision, training courses and workshops which form my Continuing Personal Development (CPD) continually required by the BACP and BPS. I offer face to face sessions in my private therapy room, or telephone sessions. I counsel individuals, couples and families and I work with a wide range of issues including family issues, bereavement, sexual abuse, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, depression, stress and anxiety.
What is my background?
I hold a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, specialising in Cognitive Psychology, Child Psychology and Social Psychology and a diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I also hold certificates including Theories and Skills of Family Therapy, Counselling Adolescents, Bereavement Counselling, Supporting Male Victims of Domestic Abuse, Solution Focused Therapy and others. As well as running my own private practice, I also work with Cruse Bereavement Services and with Families Need Fathers Both Parents Matter.
“I came to Estar in between A Levels and University. I was struggling on my own and found her to be intuitive and accommodating during the weekly sessions I had with her. I mainly dealt with anxiety and now because of the counselling I feel clear and more confident to tackle university. I always felt very welcome and her experiences professionalism was just what I needed. I was able to be open and honest without judgement and received a high quality level of care. I would definitely recommend Estar for her kind and genuine approach to dealing with a wide variety of issues and obstacles.”
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
BSc Psych (Hons) (BPS accredited)
L3 Certificate in Life Coaching
Supporting Male Victims of Domestic Abuse (The Mankind Initiative & CPD Standards Office)
‘Transitioner’ Counselling Training for Voyager Project (Age Connect)
Volunteering and Community Engagement (ALW)
Telephone Counselling Training (Cruse)
Endings, Evaluations and Outcomes (Cruse)
Creative Journaling (Cruse)
Solution Focused Therapy (Cruse)
Helping Bereaved Children and Young People (Cruse)
Dementia Awareness Training (Cruse)
Photography as a Therapeutic Tool (Experiential Workshop)
Safeguarding Training (Cruse)
Sudden and Traumatic Death (Cruse)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Cruse)
Neuro Linguistic Programming (Cruse)
Responding to Disclosures; Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence; Equality and Diversity; Demystifying Child Sexual Exploitation; Impact of Childhood Sexual Violence; Safeguarding Children; Safeguarding Adults; Suicide (RASA-Rape and Sexual Abuse)
Theories and Skills of Family Therapy (WEA)
Awareness in Bereavement Care (Cruse/Ascentis)
Sand and Art Therapy (Experiential Workshop)
Bereavement Counselling (WEA)
Counselling Adolescents (WEA)
Counselling Skills (WEA)
TEFL (Teaching English) (I-to-I Learning)
Counselling for Teachers (Community Help Service Brussels)
Professional Registration & Membership:
Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
Graduate member of the BPS
My fee for Individual Counselling is £40 per session.
My fee for Couples Counselling is £50 per session.
Life Coaching is also available at a rate of £45 per session.
I also offer concessions based on circumstances.
For all types of counselling, an initial session will be offered in which I can make an assessment. This will be at the minimum fee of £15. Further sessions can then be arranged if you are happy and comfortable with this.
Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
Older adults (65+)
Individuals / Couples
Employee Assistance Programme