About Me

After a decade of making TV programmes for the BBC I left and became a freelance writer.  

 

When my second son started school I decided to go back to my psychology roots [I had a degree in psychology] and I trained to be a counsellor.

My background means I'm used to helping people to feel at ease talking about themselves which is a good starting point for counselling.  

By carefully listening and by being non-judgmental I will support you to work out what you would like to change and how to make those changes.  

I now have a private practice offering short [even one-off sessions] and long term online counselling to adults.  

I can help you with a range of issues, see How Can I Help You?, and I also have specialist experience and knowledge of disability, carer, health, student, and gender dysphoria issues.

I have previously worked for the University of Exeter Wellbeing Service, the Margaret Jackson Centre, as a Specialist Counsellor at The Laurels Gender Identity Clinic in Exeter, and for the NHS working with adults who were mainly referred from the Depression and Anxiety Service [DAS] in Newton Abbot.

My qualifications and training

I am an Accredited Member of the BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy – the professional organisation for counsellors.  My BACP registration number is 185778, you can click on this link to find my name on their register:  www.bacpregister.org.uk/check_register/

I am also a Professional Member of ACTO [Association for Counselling and Therapy Online]:  https://acto-org.uk/therapists/emma-west/

  • BSc [Hons] 2:1 in Psychology [1988-1991]

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Level 4, Exeter College [2012-14]

  • Creative Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [CBT], Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy [Sept 2014 - Feb 2015]

  • Online Counselling Skills, OCST [Online Counselling Services & Training] [May - July 2016].

 

I have also done many short courses including:

  • Working with trauma that has become stuck, Carolyn Spring

  • Goals in Therapy: Actualising Our Deepest Directions, Mick Cooper

  • Single Session Therapy - SST Demonstrations & Questions, Windy Dryden

  • Single Session Therapy - Doubts & Reservations, Windy Dryden

  • Existential Contributions to Counselling and Psychotherapy, Mick Cooper

  • Working with trauma in a time of trauma, Carolyn Spring

  • Healing Trauma Summit, 2018, Sounds True

  • Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice, PODS - Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors

  • Anger Management, Citizen Coaching

  • Trauma and the Body: Somatisation and Dissociation, PODS

  • Working with Families and Couples:  Systemic Ideas in Practice within The Laurels Gender Identity Clinic, facilitated by Amy Urry, Family Psychotherapist, Trainer and Supervisor

  • Child Sexual Abuse, PODS

  • Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery, PODS

  • The Man Who Needed His Headaches [Psychosomatic disorders], Somerset Counselling Centre

  • Relational Depth and Emotional Connection in Online Therapy, BACP Webcast:  OCTIA 2016

  • Raising Self Esteem, Relate

  • Introduction to Mindfulness, Part 2, Relate

  • Sexual Abuse and Related Issues, SAL - Rape and Sexual Abuse Line

  • Tackling Domestic Violence and Abuse, adva – Against Domestic Violence and Abuse

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I love reading and I am a prolific reader of counselling related books so if you like reading too I’d be happy to recommend books which you might find helpful. 

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