How Counselling Can Help
Navigating through life comes with its trials and struggles. Perhaps traumatic or adverse childhood experiences may have impacted you in a way that sabotages your ability to feel positive or develop a healthy relationship, or perhaps you have lost who you are due to a toxic relationship. We can become attuned to masking our pain, shame and anger, and can get stuck in our own heads feeling lost and alone. Counselling opens the opportunity for you to explore your story in a safe therapeutic space, and can help you gain a deeper understanding of who you are, and how your thoughts, feelings and behavioural patterns are impacting your life.
As your counsellor I aim to help you build a stronger sense of self, to grow and develop new thinking patterns and coping skills, and to support you towards making the right choices and changes to hopefully lead a more fulfilling, authentic life.
I was born and raised in Northern Ireland in the 70’s amidst the conflict. My personal experience of conflict and the impact it can have on our mental health, our place in society and how we relate to others, has been the foundation that has captured my interest and understanding of trauma and relationships. I have also had a personal journey of healing and overcoming childhood abuse. I have walked the walk of a survivor and have a deep understanding of healing our wounded inner child, reparenting ourselves, re-setting our boundaries, co-dependency, people-pleasing, attachment issues, and relationship difficulties.
I made the decision to become a counsellor having experienced my own personal journey through counselling and the positive impact it had on my life.
I believe when we have the opportunity to share our truth to someone unrelated who listens with-out judgement, understands our pain, believes in us and supports us with care and compassion, we experience a unique and healing human connection that can greatly assist us on our journey of self discovery.
I am passionate about supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse, emotional neglect, abandonment, relationship difficulties, domestic violence and narcissistic abuse recovery. My aim is to empower and help you regain your identity to not just be a survivor but a thriver.
I believe in the forming of a quality therapeutic relationship to set the foundation for your healing to take place. You are always the director of your sessions, I will walk with you on your journey, always at your pace supporting you each step of the way.
I support couples experiencing difficulties with communication, anxious attachment, intimacy and infidelity. I have particular interest in working with couples who feel they are experiencing difficulties in their adult relationships due to adverse child-hood experiences.
Booking an Appointment
Entering counselling for the first time can perhaps feel overwhelming. I understand the courage it takes, and I will help to ease your concerns as you take that first step.
Before making an appointment I offer a free 15min consultation call to introduce myself, learn more about the difficulties you are going through, answer any questions you may have about counselling, and let you know how I can work to support you.
To arrange a consultation call for an appointment please fill in the contact form below.
Consultation Call Times:
I am available for consultation calls on Wednesdays and Fridays: 10am to 1pm.
I offer face to face appointments for:.
Individuals - £65.00 (60 min session)
Couples - £80.00 (60 min session)
Practice Days and Appointment Times:
Mondays - 12noon to 6..30pm
Tuesdays - 12noon to 5.15pm
Thursdays - 12noon to 6.30pm
QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING
❖ Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Person-Centred- CPCAB Sept 2017- July 2019
❖ Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills – CPCAB - Feb 2017
❖ Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies – CPCAB – August 2017
❖ Safeguarding Adults and Children – Jan 2018
❖ Rape Crisis - R.S.A.C.C. Domestic Violence, Rape & Sexual Abuse Training Course - Nov 2018
❖ Child Trafficking and County Lines – August 2019
❖ Pre-trial Note Taking Training Course – Feb 2019
❖ Safe Guarding Children and Young People Level 2 - March 2019
❖ Understanding Eating Disorders - June 2018
❖ CBT for Depression, Anxiety, Phobias and Panic Attacks - Sept 2016
❖ Couples Counselling Toolkit - Communication in Relationships - August 2022
Experience and ongoing CPD studies.
R.S.A.C.C. - Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre - Darlington & Co Durham. Counselling Placement & Training 2018-19.
During this placement I discovered my true passion for supporting survivors of sexual violence. I had the opportunity to work in a professional counselling organisation and qualified as a Rape Crisis Counsellor. I also gained valuable therapeutic strategies and insights participating in the R.S.A.C.C. 12 week Recovery Toolkit Course designed for women who have left an abusive relationship. Training modules included: Self -Esteem & Psychological Wellbeing, Impact of Abuse on Children, Anger & Conflict, Boundaries & Trust, Healthy Relationships and Setting Goals.
I partake in regular CPD (Continued Personal Development) to enhance and update my knowledge and update my skills in counselling and psychotherapy. My current interests are researching how nutrition and the environment impact our mental health, menopause and ongoing studies in both Psychodynamic and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). The BACP are an organisation dedicated to ensuring professional and ethical practice amongst counsellors. Details of the BACP framework that I adhere to can be found at www.bacp.co.uk.
I attend regular clinical supervision with a qualified supervisor to assist my personal development, keeping myself and my clients safe, and to ensure I am working in line with the BACP's professional guidelines. I have personal liability insurance.
Hi, my name is Pam, thank you for visiting my page.
I am a compassionate Person Centred integrative counsellor which means I combine different therapeutic approaches to fit the needs of each individual client. I mainly work from a Person Centred core and utilise Solution Focused, Psychodynamic, TA and CBT theories and methods.
I offer a flexible, inclusive and relational process whereby our therapeutic relationship is an essential ingredient in the work we will do together.
My counselling approach is always client-led and focused, I will never probe, direct or diagnose. I will positively value and accept you for who you are, and walk with you through your struggles offering empathetic understanding, positive regard and non-judgement towards your individual life experiences.
The emotional difficulties I can offer support with are:
* Anxiety & Panic Attacks
* Depression, Low Mood, Suicide Ideation
* Stress (general and work related)
* Rape and sexual violence
* Domestic Violence & Narcissistic Abuse Recovery
* Childhood Trauma - sexual abuse, physical & emotional abuse, neglect and abandonment.
* Low Self-Esteem, Lack of Confidence, Social Anxiety, Self-care
* Co-dependency, People Pleasing, Setting Boundaries
* Grief, Heartbreak, Loss of Relationship, Loneliness
* Relationship Issues - communication, anxious attachment, intimacy, infidelity
* Addiction - Alcohol, Drugs, Social Media
* Life Transitions - career pathway, new location, divorce, menopause, new relationships
I offer a warm and accepting space for the LGBTQ+ community or those who are currently questioning their gender identity or sexuality.
Pamela Burgess - Dip. Therapeutic Counselling & Psychotherapy. MBACP
Person Centred Integrative Counsellor - Individuals and Couples.