Elena Steers MBACP
Many years working in the education sector left me feeling emotionally exhausted and stressed, and no longer enjoying life. This played a big part in my decision to retrain to be a counsellor. I took a degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling and haven’t looked back!
I am fascinated by what makes us who we are and what brought us to this moment in our lives. If you have ever felt a nagging sense of emptiness or the feeling that you aren’t who you would like to be, it’s possible that there are some unresolved things to be explored. This is often what’s being described when we talk about a mid-life crisis, but it’s not restricted to mid-life! It can happen at any point, or be something you have always carried with you.
I have an interest in creativity and art, and what it is for us to make meaning in our lives through creative expression. The combination of creativity with therapy is a powerful one and many have come to a better way of being through this. However, it’s not my primary way of working; more that it is there as a resource. If you would like to know more about this please see the Art & Therapy page.
For anyone interested in what Integrative Counselling is – it means that I have trained in a carefully programmed combination of approaches, and this enables me to offer you a very tailored experience of therapy.
These approaches are from different areas of therapy; I often explore past experiences drawing on Attachment Theory and Emotional Regulation Theory, at the same time as working on what’s happening for you in the moment – sometimes referred to as the ‘Here and Now’ approach. Alongside this I may use some CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) techniques to help you reframe your thinking if this is causing you some issues. Creativity is very useful in therapy as it helps us to imagine a different way of being or to explore a difficult area – sometimes words are just too hard, and finding another way of expressing keeps the process feeling within your control.
The beauty of integrating techniques is that what we do is tailored to you, the way you work and what you need. But, most importantly, at the heart of what I do is to provide a non-judgemental way of being with you that can help us to build a trusting relationship.
What clients say about my work with them:
‘You made it so that it felt safe to explore unknown territory, to think about things in a different way, things I had never considered before.’
‘Once I started talking, I couldn’t stop. I felt listened to for the first time in ages. I felt like you really cared about what I was saying.’
‘I felt heard, like you really ‘got it’. You challenged me to dig a bit deeper but it felt ok, I knew you were there with me, and I was safe.’
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and am insured with Holistic Insurance.