I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor, working in Guildford, Woking, Surrey. I offer counselling, help and support with behavior that cause guilt and shame, addiction, depression, anxiety and relationship issues. I can also provide support for families, carers and friends who may have been affected.
How I Work
My particular area of expertise lies in working with people to help them understand their emotions and the way they react. I will support and empower you to help you identify what is helpful to ultimately reach your goals.
My name is Patsy Edmonds and I work as a counsellor in Guildford. My clients come from Woking, Guildford and other parts of Surrey.
I work with individuals from the age of 17 years upwards. I welcome everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual preference, culture or faith, and hope that you find the information you are looking for here.
Everyday life brings conflicts, failures and rejections. Everyone faces distress or difficulties at sometime or another. You may have families and friends, but continue to feel isolated and unable to talk to them. It is not easy to show and express your vulnerabilities to someone who may not understand you, or you may not trust anyone enough to do so.
Counselling can reduce the chances of being pushed back by life’s challenges and offers you the opportunity to talk to someone who will not judge you and will accept you for who you are. It is a confidential environment, where you can talk about your personal, family, relationships and life issues. Sharing your burdens with a counsellor who is an impartial person, who is professionally trained and qualified, with knowledge about your problems, can give you the freedom to explore your feelings. For further information on my qualifications please see my About Me page.
You do not have to be feeling desperate, or be experiencing a crisis, before making a choice to attend counselling. You may want to find the meaning in your life, be looking for a balance in your life or just feeling dissatisfied with life in general. For further information, please see my How I Work page.
Counselling and psychotherapy relieves a range of symptoms including anxiety, depression and behaviours that cause shame and guilt resulting from addiction. You are encouraged to talk about your feelings, thoughts and behaviours, to find ways to move forward through a difficult period in your life. Counselling and psychotherapy allows you to work towards acceptance during times of illness, loss or bereavement. Counselling and psychotherapy increases your ability to manage and cope with an on going situation such as pain or stress of caring for a sick family member. Counselling and psychotherapy enhances your self-awareness to enable you to articulate the things that influence your behaviours and feelings, and the ways you can affect them positively in the future. This will be done in your own time, when you feel comfortable to do so, and there will be no demands placed on you on what you have to talk about. Together, we can untangle the confusion, make changes or find ways to cope and resolve your difficulties. This will take time, and more than one session is usually required. Please see my Contact Me page for more information on the sessions and FAQ’s page for further information on the first session.
Trust is essential to our therapeutic relationship.
I will not discuss you with your family, partner, employer, GP or other agencies, to gain more information about you, or give them information about you, without your knowledge and consent. Limits to this confidentiality will be agreed. For more information about confidentiality please see my How I work page.
Whilst maintaining complete client anonymity, my work is monitored to ensure clinical excellence. I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. This requires me to continue professional development, and my work is monitored to ensure clinical excellence, whilst maintaining complete client anonymity. I am fully insured and I have an up to date criminal record check conducted by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
The areas of counselling and therapy I deal with are:
- Addiction – food, sex, gambling, alcoholism and drugs;
- Anxiety – irritable, tense, nervous, uptight or wound up;
- Bereavement – adjusting to the loss of someone close to you and coping with life without them;
- Bullying – this can happen at work, online and even in your own home;
- Depression – life isn’t worth living, excessive and inappropriate guilt, no motivation or interest in things you used to enjoy;
- Eating Disorders – worry that you have lost control when it comes to the amount you eat;
- Hoarding – acquiring possessions and storing them in excessive quantities;
- Infertility, miscarriage, abortion and adoption – feeling that your body is working against you and having to make extremely difficult decisions regarding your future;
- Low self-confidence – difficulties with trusting your own judgment and feeling comfortable with your abilities and powers;
- Low self-esteem – we lose sight of the value of our own individuality and then feel inadequate and unsatisfied;
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder – obsessional thoughts followed by compulsive urges;
- Redundancy – being no longer needed or useful, loss of income, status and companionship;
- Relationship Issues – feeling lonely, disappointed and unsure of what to do may occur in a relationship or when the relationship breaks down;
- Self-harm – intentionally injuring or damaging your body when you are feeling overwhelmed;
- Spirituality – needing a deeper sense of meaning and purpose;
- Stress – pressure from ourselves or from others resulting in agitation, frustration or anger; and
- Work related Stress – dreading going to work, self-doubt, and loss of motivation, passion or enthusiasm.
For further information on the areas of counselling I deal with please see my Additional Help page.
- Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies;
- Gestalt Therapy;
- Integrative Therapy;
- Person-centred Therapy;
- Psychodynamic Therapy;
- Motivational Therapy;
- Solution focused Therapy;
- Attachment Therapy; and
If you would like to know more about the theory of these therapies, I will be happy to expand on them during our sessions.