About Heather Curtis
I am a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist with 28 years experience. During this time I have worked for the NHS, Relate, Universities, Employee Assistance Programmes and in Independent Practice.
My work as a therapist and supervisor is influenced by a person-centred approach which means the person is more important than the model of work. Unless the person and the therapist can connect in a meaningful way the process of change will not occur. Over years of ongoing training and experience my attitudes and styles have grown in many distinct ways. Whilst still committed to the fundamental importance of the therapeutic relationship, which can be a catalyst for change, I strongly believe that people have the perceptiveness and resources to work out the most suitable solutions given the right therapeutic conditions.
What is counselling?
Counselling and Psychotherapy can help you if you are feeling confused, upset, distressed, stuck or uncertain about what the problem is or how to deal with the feelings aroused. You may want to manage a challenging situation in a less chaotic or painful manner.
How does it work?
Talking with a therapist gives you an opportunity to explore what is current; to identify your strengths and resources; to address some of the issues and learn new coping strategies so that the situation becomes more fluid. It is about equipping you with tools to make changes in a way that is more helpful and empowering. Life often throws us some emotional curve balls and if we have the right skills we can go on to win the game and maybe even enjoy it!
As soon as you contact me we would arrange an initial mutual assessment session. This is an important session as it is an opportunity for you to brief me on what is going on and more importantly what help do YOU think you need. I will explain how I work and what I could offer. If it feels like the right kind of help at the right time in your life we set up further appointments or I would suggest what other help may be more appropriate. If therapy is appropriate you would be involved in the therapy plan and we would agree the number of sessions, dates, times and frequency. Some people need a few sessions to get back their sense of potency others may need more medium to long term help. The help offered will always be what is most beneficial to the individual. The essential aspects of counselling and psychotherapy are that the help offered is specifically appropriate for you and this takes place in an environment of trust, safety and confidentiality. No information is ever passed onto a third party without your permission.
I have dedicated consulting rooms in SW Sheffield. The rooms are private and furnished appropriately. These are easily reached by public transport. There is also a car park and on street parking with no restrictions.
My training, work experience and any achievement
B.A.; MBACP (Accred); Relate National; Family Therapy; PGDip Coun.Pri.Care; PGC Coun.Supervision; Training for the Trainers.
Further Training Undertaken:
Assessment & Diagnostic Skills
Post Traumatic Stress
Loss and Bereavement
Sexual Counselling Behavioural Methods
Brief & Focussed Counselling Assertiveness Training
I am a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist with 28 years experience. During this time I have worked for the NHS, Relate, Universities, Employee Assistance Programmes and in Independent Practice. I use an integrative model in my work which means I can use different models depending on what is most fitting for the presenting problem. I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP(Accred)) and you can find me on their website. I abide by their Code of Ethics and Practice. I have full Professional Civil Liability insurance.
.As a psychotherapist I work with individuals over 16 years of age, couples, families and groups.
As a clinical supervisor with 20 years experience I work with individuals and groups. My supervisees are experienced therapists, trainees and students on placement. I facilitate group supervision for agencies and organisations.
As a trainer I deliver courses to voluntary and statutory organisations e.g. GP Registrars, Social workers, Companies. Some of the courses are Counselling Skills, Listening Skills, Assertiveness, Managing Anger, Dealing with Separation and Loss, Team Building.
As a consultant I work with organisations, facilitating conflict resolution in the work place.
Relationship therapy, Sexual counselling, Family work, Issues around bereavement and loss and Post-traumatic stress disorder.
Comprehensive lists of the areas of concern I work with are listed separately.
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