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Fiona Macbeth

Fiona Macbeth, MSc, MBACP (accred).

Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Frequently feeling anxious or fearful is not how most people want to live their lives, particularly if it is accompanied by harsh self-criticism, or even self-loathing.

Often the ways we try to “deal” with this situation actually makes it worse, and lead to beliefs and behaviours that further damage self-esteem.

Emotions then seem impossible to handle and repressing them the only way of coping. Relationships can be impacted too, or prevented from developing, leaving us feeling more isolated.

How does this happen and why do we get into habits and behaviours that make life so hard and unhappy?

I can offer you the time and space to explore why you feel the way you do, and better understand the way you react and behave, to build self-awareness for a more fulfilled life.

I work primarily as an individual one to one counsellor in a room setting, although I can offer sessions online.

My preferred method of working is integrative counselling, which means I use a range of approaches depending on the requirements. I have a strong grounding in attachment theories which involve exploring  earlier experiences to consider how they determine behaviour in later life. I am also practised in short term focused therapy and helping clients develop a range of personal coping techniques to better managing everyday life. These include calming techniques, assertiveness, self care and tackling self-criticism with self-compassion.

Some weeks will be better than others and if you have a good week it is important not to end the counselling immediately, but consider how robust that recovery is. Likewise some weeks can feel less productive than others and it can feel that the counselling “is not working.” Again it is important not to react too quickly as counselling is not an instant, or even quick, process.

I have experience of working in the following areas: relationships, addiction, anxiety, bereavement and loss, health issues, eating disorders, depression, low self esteem, anger management, borderline personality disorders, self harm and work related stress.

We can arrange an initial session to assess the issues you want to focus on. All sessions usually cost £60 payable at the end of the session or there is a discount for bank transfer in advance. There is a strict cancellation policy, which will be fully explained along with confidentiality, data protection and safeguarding in the initial session.

I studied Therapeutic Counselling for three years at the University of Greenwich in which I have a Masters of Science with Merit. (MSc).

I currently work in a college for the performing arts, helping clients with issues including anxiety, self-esteem and disordered eating. I also regularly present workshops to groups about stress management and mental well being.

I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and I follow their ethical guidelines and codes of conduct. You can also view my profile on the and at my website

Clinic Times

Thursdays 5.30-9.30pm. Saturday mornings by arrangement

How to book

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