“Each of us secretly and desperately yearns to be ‘met’ – to be recognised in our uniqueness, our fullness and our vulnerability.”
(Hycner and Jacobs, 1995)
We all face different struggles in our lives. You may be feeling low, anxious, angry or lonely and you don’t know why. You may be struggling with a difficult relationship at home or at work. Perhaps your struggle is a response to a change, difficult event or a loss in your life. Your struggle may be something you’ve been engaged in for as long as you can remember.
I believe that when we can take the time to explore our experiences and feelings, with someone who can listen with genuine care and curiosity, we can emerge from our struggle to feel better ‘met’ in the world, to be able to engage in our lives more wholeheartedly.
Counselling with Emma Pearson
I offer confidential face-to-face counselling and psychotherapy, both on a short-term and long-term basis.
I work within the humanistic integrative philosophy. I see us all as having a tendency towards wholeness, growth and healing given the opportunity. I see my role as providing that opportunity, by offering you a real, safe and trusting therapeutic relationship.
My aim is to provide an empathic balance between support and challenge so we can explore and confront whatever feels relevant to you, in the now and in the past. I believe our work together can help you to address the difficulties you face; to achieve more balance in your life; to feel more fulfilled in your work and relationships; to find a place of greater awareness and acceptance.
I am accredited with both the leading professional associations for counsellors and psychotherapists in the UK, the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Areas I work with:
- Anger Management & Conflict
- Anxiety and Panic
- Belonging and identity
- Bereavement and Grief
- Boarding school emotional issues
- Family issues
- Living and/working abroad
- Living with your own or a relative’s long-term health issues
- Managing transitions in work/life
- Relationship issues
- Returning to the workplace anxiety and depression
- Self harm
- Sexual and/or Physical Abuse in Childhood
- Sexuality and Sexual issues
- Sibling relationships
- Work-related issues
Psychotherapy Qualifications, Training and Experience:
I trained over five years at the Metanoia Institute in west London, one of the leading training institutions in the UK in counselling and psychotherapy. I have an MSc in Humanistic Psychotherapy, validated by Middlesex University and accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the main organisational body for psychotherapy in the UK.
I also have a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling, both from the Metanoia Institute.
I am a Registered Member of both the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am also a member of the Metanoia Institute and I adhere to all three organisations’ Codes of Ethics.
As well as working in private practice, I have worked for two community-based counselling services in West London.
I have a degree (BA Hons) from Manchester University. My first career was as a UK national news journalist. I then went to live and work abroad in several countries in Africa before settling in Kent with my family.
I was inspired to become a psychotherapist by my own empowering experience of being a client over several years.
Our first session is an opportunity for us to meet and consider if we are a good ‘fit’ for each other. If you would like to book an exploratory session please email or text me. I aim to respond within 24-hours on week days.
We would normally then arrange a brief 10 to 15-minute phone call free of charge so I can hear a bit more about why you’re seeking therapy and we can get a sense of whether we might work together well, before we set up an initial session.
My weekly fee is £75-80 for 50 minutes, depending on the time of day. I work with individual adults. I am willing to consider a reduced fee for people on low incomes.
Psychotherapy sessions at City Therapy Space: