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Life has its ups and downs

About Counselling 

Life has its ups and downs and for much of the time we may be able to carry on living life in ways we find satisfying. But sometimes events occur that throw us off course – a loss of bereavement perhaps, or a relationship problem – and we know we need help to find the right way forward.

Counselling can help you to:

  • understand your feelings
  • develop strategies so that you feel better
  • make decision and identify a way forward
  • take action to improve the quality of your life


Theresa Hammond counsellor profile

Theresa Hammond is a qualified counsellor and registered member of BACP. Working in accordance with BACP’s ethical framework and standards, www.bacp.co.uk.

Theresa’s counselling journey began in 2007, before qualifying in 2014 as a Therapeutic counsellor.  Prior to this, she gained over 20 years experience as a social worker, working with diverse individuals to promote their sense of self and create a safer environment for their children.  She believes counselling can also change lives and empower you to gain a better understanding of your situation by:

  • Providing a safe environment to explore feelings and thoughts
  • Listening to you without being judgemental
  • Supporting you without telling you what to do
  • Being clear about our ‘working’ relationship
  • Offering a flexible approach to counselling that suits your needs
  • Working in partnership to achieve your goals

As part of her counselling journey, she has worked within various settings like the NHS, MIND, Adult Education Centre, Drug and Alcohol or, private work to address Issues that include:

  • Loss, separation and bereavement
  • Low self-esteem
  • Common mental health issues like anxiety and depression
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Stress related work issues
  • Post-traumatic stress symptoms
  • Trauma
  • Unfinished business

Currently, Theresa receives referrals from Health Assured casemanager@healthassured.co.uk a work assisted programme.  Feedback from clients is very important, as evidence of putting clients first and always working within BACP’s ethical framework.  Here are a few accolades from clients Theresa has worked with at Headcorn Natural Health Centre.

“a very powerful experience to be able to step back and reflect in a safe place” (03.12.18)

“I have made good progress in dealing with issues that have previously been too difficult to consider” (18.12.18).  In addition to the above, all my clients said they “would recommend my service to other people. “On a scale of one-ten (one being the lowest), they all scored my service as a ten!

For further details or, to make an appointment call: 07977696658 or email me: mardengirl@aol.co.uk

Erica Briley FdA Huministic Counseller

Erica is a RYA Yacht Master Instructor (www.rya.org.uk) and has been in the sailing industry since 2002 (on-going); understanding coaching techniques and how people learn through visual, auditory and kinaesthetic, which has increased Erica’s awareness of how unique every person is.  

Erica’s journey with humanistic counselling and Transactional Analysis started in 2009, as she research Eric Berne’s Ego States and attended a 101 course (www.ericberne.com).  She graduated in 2011 after studying in Hampshire at Peter Symonds College (www.psc.ac.uk) with support from University of Winchester (www.winchester.ac.uk) and Middlesex University (www.mdx.ac.uk).

My counselling experience and placements include Southampton University (http://data.southampton.ac.uk), The Olive Branch in Winchester seeks to provide a professional counselling service demonstrating the Christian principle of love and care for each individual (www.theolivebranch.org.uk), NHS St Francis Surgery at Chandlers Ford and the Bereavement Counselling Charity (http://www.bereavementcharity.org.uk) for young people.

I am committed to on-going Professional Development and I follow the guidelines of the Ethical Framework for Good Practice of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (www.bacp.com) and am subject to their complaints procedure.

Erica is a registered member (046272) at BACP, and a member of Hampshire Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (HACP) (www.hacp.com).

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