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Elizabeth Downing Counsellor
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I work online for your comfort and convenience
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My way of working is thoughtful, sensitive, compassionate and trauma-informed

About Me

Elizabeth Downing Portrait

My own struggle to find myself and accept myself as a deep and sensitive person are the reason I first entered the therapy world, first as a client, and then training as a therapist to fulfil my longstanding wish to be of help others. My experiences have, I believe, led me to a deeper experience and understanding that I want to share with others.

I have a sincere interest in people and their experiences and deep a wish to reduce suffering. Over the years I’ve become particularly interested in how we see ourselves and how this changes when life throws new challenges at us, often forcing a need to make sense of things that we may long have forgotten about.

I approach therapy from the perspective that every person and is unique, and so is the work I do with them. Embracing difference is important to me and I take great pleasure in seeing people discover their strengths and resilience.

I’m sure you’ll want to know a bit about my training and experience to help you consider whether you’d like to work with me. I qualified as a counsellor in 2008, and went on to study at the Metanoia Institute in London and gain an advanced diploma (2016) and a Master’s in Psychotherapy (2017). I worked as a therapist in various different agencies and a school for a number of years, and have been fortunate to gain experience working with people from a diversity of backgrounds and across a breadth of issues. Since setting up in private practice in 2014 I’ve been more able to focus on developing my particular areas of interest, and work with adults only.

I have many psychological interests and love learning. I’m always doing some course or other! I loved my training in integrating mindfulness and compassion in professional practice, and in 2021 facilitated a small group of people who were looking for more well-being and contentment in their lives - a little bit different from counselling but it has given me some perspective on how I can best support people to be happier in their lives. I’ve also trained in emotional regulation, trauma-focused therapy, and am a qualified Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Practitioner.

I am a Professional Accredited Member of the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society and am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I subscribe to their ethical guidelines and I’m fully insured. I have undertaken specialised training to work online.

Perhaps my most important ‘qualification’ is my own experience of being a person who processes deeply and differently and doesn’t fit in with the crowd. I care greatly about the people I work with and I really want to do my best work with everyone. I don’t pretend to have everything ‘sorted’ in my own life but I hope that there will be things that I have learned along the way that will be helpful to you.

Research consistently shows that one of the biggest influences on how therapy progresses is how well you ‘gel’ with your therapist and the working relationship we develop together. Although I hope this website gives a flavour of who I am, you can only really find out if we might fit by speaking with me. Please do get in touch so that we can arrange that.

‘When the other person is hurting, confused, troubled, anxious, alienated, terrified; or when he or she is doubtful of self-worth, uncertain as to identity, then understanding is called for. The gentle and sensitive companionship of an empathic stance… provides illumination and healing. In such situations deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give to another.’

Carl Rogers