About

Donna LeMaitre

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My counselling training

 

I am an experienced Integrative Counsellor, which means that I have trained in different counselling approaches. I have achieved a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and then enhanced my skills by attaining a Diploma in Cognitive Therapeutic Skills and Theory.
 
Being a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) means that as well as abiding to their code of ethics, I have a high level of training and supervised experience.
The BACP also provides ongoing training.
 
This, combined with my broad life and work experience, and a diverse client base puts me in a good position to understand your situation.  
 
As well as private practice, where I offer counselling sessions in person and also online via Zoom and Skype, I have provided individual therapy as a Volunteer Counsellor with the mental health charity Mind. I saw a range of clients with issues such as depression, anxiety, abuse, stress, anger, PTSD, low self- esteem and life issues such as relationships. I have also worked as a Bereavement Support Volunteer at St Christopher's hospice, where I gained considerable experience.
I want to ensure you feel confident enough to get in touch with me to share your experience and explore your feelings in an emphatic and non-judgemental space.
 
I will encourage you to develop insight and understanding of your situation, while supporting you to gain control over your life.

I work with my clients depending on their personal needs. I apply humanistic, psychodynamic, mindfulness approaches, Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic skills and theory or Motivational Interviewing during the counselling process. If appropriate, I can work within any of these therapies.

The key to a successful outcome is to build up the therapeutic relationship together.

Our sessions are short or long term, at a pace that you feel comfortable with.

 

Having experienced being a client in therapy myself, I know how rewarding and sometimes challenging counselling can be. Coming out the other side with a new sense of identity and focus can be incredibly empowering.

 
  • Bereavement Counselling.
  • Safeguarding for Adults and Vulnerable People Training.
  • Is there a role for bereavement in counselling training? 
  • Working with Anger.

  • BACP CPD certificate for practical counselling strategies and interventions in addiction work.
  • BACP CPD Certificate for the emotional legacy of childhood abuse and the enduring impacts for survivors of abuse.
  • BACP CPD Certificate for person-centred and cognitive explanations of addiction.
 
  • BACP CPD Certificate for Who Am I Now? Bereavement as a break in the 'continuity of being'.
 
  • BACP CPD Certificate for impact of anxious attachment.