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About Me

Heart of the Matter Trauma Informed Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Colette Langridge (Dip) Therapeutic Counselling 2012, (Dip) Psychotherapeutic Counselling 2019, MNCS Accredited Registrant. Qualified and experienced Integrative therapist with extensive trauma training and experience.

Provisional Phone Consultation.

I can offer a 20-minute phone conversation initially for you, the client, to decide if working with me is suitable. At the end of this session, I can arrange an initial assessment or signpost to another more suitable service.


My Work

I am a fully qualified Counsellor with extensive Trauma experience.

A warm welcome, a little bit about me. I am a fully qualified Counsellor with extensive Trauma experience, I have worked for a Dorset trauma based Charity for over 7 years, supporting clients who have experienced sexualised trauma and abuse, and relational trauma, I now work privately in person or online offering a bespoke service, supporting adult clients through challenging times such as Post traumatic stress, complex post-traumatic stress, work related stress, loss, grief, bullying, and many other overwhelming issues that can impact day to day life and relationships.  I work from a beautiful, welcoming therapy room in Poundbury Dorchester, or reaching further afield in the UK online, with some clients accessing therapy from abroad. My work has included writing and delivering trauma-based courses for male and female survivors of abuse. I have a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.  I am a Registered Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society. Furthermore, I work in an integrative way to enable clients to find recovery in a way that is empowering to them as individuals.

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How I Help

I understand how much everyday life can become a struggle.

Stress, depression, and anxiety can affect anyone at any time, I understand how much everyday life can become a struggle with ongoing effects of daily experiences, social media, and 24-hour news.  I can support you with general issues which can often result in anxiety, depression and a feeling of sadness.

This affects us all at some time or another.  I believe that by getting to the heart of these emotions and feelings, helping to make sense of the root cause, alleviates the symptoms causing you stress, to bring about positive outcomes. Trauma teaches us to close our heart and armour up healing teaches us to open our heart and boundary up.


Ethical Practice

Importance of support for my work

Being a Registered Accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS), I am bound to adhere to the Association’s Ethical Practice.
This ensures that not only are my standards and training kept up to date, but everything about my practice reflects the high standard of the National Counselling Society. For example – any notes I make through my work are kept strictly within the realm of GDPR regulations (General Data Protection Regulations 2018). I am a member of the ICO, Independent Commissioner's Office, I hold a full DBS certificate. I undertake at least 30 hours of Continued Professional Development each year. Furthermore, I attend regular supervision. With this I mean I take my work fully anonymised – to a counselling supervisor, experienced, to ensure that I consistently work ethically and safely for my clients. Again, they too must adhere strictly to the NCS Ethics.

Data Protection

Notes are held securely in my own practice.

All personal information and notes from our work together will be held securely in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations. Notes are held securely at my own practice. This information will be held for 3 years after the end of our work together and then confidentially destroyed. You may ask to see any notes taken by providing a request in writing, giving 2 weeks’ notice. All information is confidential. However, there may be times when I will need to break that confidentiality. For instance, should I feel that through our work I become aware that you or someone associated with you is at serious risk to harm. Another occasion is where I am legally bound to surrender my notes by a Court of Law or Police or other legal organisation. However, I will endeavour to discuss this with you before I take this action.


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Counselling Fees

My fees for online Counselling are £60 per session which lasts 60 minutes, I am happy to negotiate a lesser fee for student counsellors who are gaining their qualifications. Face to face fees are £60 per 60 minutes.

Cancellations

Cancellation of sessions by the client with less than 24 hours’ notice may incur the full fee. I, the counsellor, will always aim to give as much notice as possible to cancel the session and/or to rearrange at both our convenience.

Phone Assesment

I can offer a 20-minute phone conversation initially for you, the client, to decide if working with me is suitable. At the end of this session, I can arrange an initial assessment or signpost to another more suitable service.