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Elaine Bond

Elaine Bond

Counsellor in Nottingham

Coronavirus update - Changes to government guidelines now mean I can see clients face to face with some simple changes to my counseling room and additional hygiene measures. However, if this does not feel right for you I am offering Skype and telephone counselling too.

I spent several years in therapy because I believe in the power of therapy (you would not recognise the person I was!) but also, how can I hold your hand as you go through this process if I have not done it myself?

I am a UKCP registered Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. I also work for SHE.UK, providing therapy for survivors of sexual abuse. I have provided Mental Health and Safeguarding support for young people at a local FE college and sports club and I have a private practice in Gedling. I also provide CPD training.

I started my counseling career with Childline and spent over 10 years as a Counsellor and Supervisor with them. It was there I found my passion for working with children and young people, something I have been doing ever since.

Background & Qualifications

I have completed the following qualifications;

Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents
Diploma in CBT
Advanced Diploma in Relational (Integrative) Counselling
Diploma in Weight Loss & Nutritional Counselling
NLP Practitioner
Foundation Diploma in Person Centred Counselling

My Specialisms

I work with teenagers and children (9+) in a relational way and I work closely with other agencies if needed. I am a fully trained & DBS checked Safeguarding designate. I specialise with anxiety and anger in children, providing therapy for them, at their pace but with the needs of the parents taken in to account.

I specialise in working with survivors of trauma, whether that is childhood issues, abuse (emotional, physical and sexual), domestic violence, rape, accident, disaster and military. Along with the outward issues surviving trauma presents, so this includes personality disorders like unstable emotional PD (borderline), disassociation, PTSD, flashbacks, anxiety, phobia and fear.

Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand and I have specialised in working with clients in this area, looking at causes, triggers and coping strategies. This includes panic attacks, phobias and general flat effect.

I have specific knowledge and personal experience of long term eating disorders, and major weight loss. There are several people close to me who have been through bariatric surgery and so I have developed knowledge of the effects of this major surgery pre and post-op. This helps me to work alongside you in these specialist areas with real-life experience.

I also provide counselling for insurance companies and Employee Assistance Programs

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

How we work together is something we agree on our first session. We work to stabilize the crisis situation you may find yourself in. I work in two ways, short-term therapy focused on one specific area or we work longer-term and cover all bases. I will always listen first and foremost and as we progress I will ask more questions to help guide you onto a path you feel works better for you. The choice is yours!

I believe that we all have choices, we can all change, we can all make meaningful connections with others and we are all ok. I work with you not as an expert, but a ‘fellow traveller ‘on your journey to feeling good again. As humanistic therapist, I look at childhood patterns, your life story (told by you, for you) and how all of these affects you in the present. There is no judgement in our sessions, but there will be openness, honesty and confidentiality. Our relationship & connection will reflect how relationships work in the outside world for you.

Therapy sessions with me are warm and empathic, allowing you to be free to express yourself in the way you want to. I use creativity, colour, music, literature, media and laughter to help with exploration of areas that maybe difficult to verbalize. By observation, challenge and joint investigation of meaning we can open new areas of growth, change and choice for you.

Each client brings something new to therapy and I treat everyone as an individual as I know one size does not fit all. I learn from every client's experiences and I am not a blank screen, I won't simply repeat back what I hear, if something you say affects me, and it's appropriate I will share my emotions with you, perhaps part of my journey if and when it's helpful.

What to expect
You can contact me for a free 15-minute consultation session by telephone and to we can talk about what you want to achieve and how you feel about counselling. There will be no pressure, but just an open and non-judgemental conversation where I will be completely honest with you and if I feel I can't help you I will let you know and help you find someone who can.

In our first session, we will discuss confidentiality and agree our boundaries. Then we will start to talk about issues at your pace and get to know each other and building trust. But if you have an overwhelming urge to let out your feelings in that first session we will go with that.

I run sessions from a quiet peaceful location in Gedling that is close to all public transport routes and a 15-minute drive from Nottingham city centre.

I work with many issues, some specialisms listed above here but these are just a few of the other areas I can help you with

Depression including post-natal depression & seasonal affective disorder
Anxiety/Generalised anxiety disorder/Seasonal affective disorder
Relationships
Family issues
Divorce
Disability
Intimacy issues
Self-esteem/confidence
Hoarding
Personality Disorder

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Counselling In Person £45 per 55 minutes
NLP In Person £45 per 55 minutes