Grow with Serenity Speaking
Helping You to move forward
Due to the current Covid-19 I am now offering therapy sessions online.
Offering a warm and confidential counselling service based in Farnham Surrey. Specialising in counselling people that have had a life changing event, depression, anxiety, cancer patients and their carers, bereavement and addictions. Talking with a Counsellor that will listen and help you to focus and empower you to take back control of your life.
Grow with Serenity Speaking
Helping You to grow and move forward
I am able to offer face to face therapy in a Covid -19 safe, comfortable room in the centre of Farnham, or if you are shielding or just feel unsafe I work online or via telephone.
Are you or someone you know struggling right now with everything that is happening, in this "new normal". Are you feeling anxious, depressed, have had a bereavement, experiencing a low mood & just not feeling good about yourself, then talking with a counsellor that will listen and help you to focus and empower you to take back control of your life.
Integrative therapy & EMDR Therapy
Working with an Integrative Approach, drawing on a range of therapeutic models, Existential, Person centred, Humanistic therapy., I also specialise in EMDR trauma focused therapy, this allows me to tailor any therapy to your specific needs.
I specialise in working with Trauma, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Loss & Grief, Long term health conditions, Life changing events, Cancer, Carers, Stress management, Self esteem, Low mood, Relationship concerns & more.
I offer clinical supervision to fellow counsellors (currently working towards certification
I offer long term, short term or fixed term. Face to face work, online or telephone therapy sessions. (In initial consultation we can agree which format will suit you best) Working with adults and adolescents male and female. (18 years and upwards)
Passionate Counselling Professional
I have come from a professional background and after my own life changing event I sought my own personal journey through therapy, The power this gave me led to my deciding to retrain as a therapist and build Serenity Speaking. I have completed an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic counselling, The Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) members of the European Association for Counselling and their qualifications are internationally recognised , I also have gained certificate qualification in EMDR Trauma Focused Therapy. Currently working towards becoming a certified supervisor allowing me to offer my knowledge & skills to fellow counsellors. I am an Accredited member of the NCS (National Counselling Society) & a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and registered with The ICO ( Information Commissioner's Office).
Very early in my life I recognised the importance and value in talking about your thoughts and feelings.
Life has a way of throwing curve balls at us along the way and sometimes these can be difficult to navigate, possibly leading to anxiety, stress, trauma, depression, illness, family issues and bereavement.
As a trained therapist I can help you to find ways to deal with these emotional times.
I have spent three years volunteering as a Counsellor for Catalyst/Surrey (an alcohol and substance misuse charity), as well as volunteering my time for The Fountain Centre, Guildford (a charity supporting patients and carers affected by cancer), I am currently working privately within my own practice, and have a private therapy room in the centre of Farnham. I have experience with a range of issues such as trauma, addiction, self-esteem and depression, anxiety, bereavement etc.
The key to how I work is that it is all led by your needs and set at a pace that is comfortable to you, offering empathy respect and acceptance. I will be by your side throughout your journey.
If you are looking for a supervisor to offer supportive reflection to help enhance your practice, please get in touch. to discuss further.
Letter from a client;
To Rachel (Serenity Speaking Counselling)
I have been journaling a lot recently, which I'm sure you'll be happy to hear. I currently have a 21,000 Word document on my laptop that I started a little while ago, I've been adding to it here and there since. I decided to keep it all in one document because I kind of wanted to look back at the growth, even just the last 3-4 months. It's been an incredibly healing process, and articulating and documenting my thoughts was in way, an attempt to fill the void that is not having sessions with you anymore. I thought that I would write a letter to you to update you on how I've been doing. It first started as a hypothetical letter, just to guide my journaling but then I thought, why not just send it?
I, first of all, wanted to say thank you because genuinely I owe the person I am today, to you. Now yes, I know that I put a lot of effort into my growth and healing process, and I've really worked hard on it but if you hadn't been there to help me and guide me I never would have been where I am today, or maybe even been around today. Recently in a journal entry, I was reflecting upon the New Year's resolutions that I made this year and ones that I want to make for the next year. After reflecting upon New Year’s, a lot of memories started to come back. I have not only chosen to live but also fallen back in love with life. Back then I couldn't comprehend wanting to live and now I can't comprehend wanting to die. I adore my life and all the simple pleasures in it. I even recently said that I love crying or days when I feel slightly sad because it reminds me that I don't feel like that every day anymore. It reminds me that now I feel happy most of the time and that those moments of sadness are fleeting and few and what a blessing that is.
Another thing that I want to thank you for is helping me become so comfortable with feeling my emotions and expressing them to other people. When you first met me, no one had known what I was going through for so long. I had just kept it all bottled in. Now I feel no awkwardness or unnaturalness around expressing my emotions and love.
growing up I wasn’t told very often that people were proud of me, and I think this is one of the reasons I grew so attached to our sessions is because when you would say that you were proud of something that I had accomplished, it meant more than I could ever describe. You knew me, the whole of me, every aspect of my being - Everything I used to be and everything I am now. I can't even begin to describe how grateful I am for everything you've helped me through. Who knows what the future holds, I may need to come back for more sessions one day for whatever reasons arise, but for now I am very confident in saying that I am genuinely the happiest I have ever been in my entire life. I am so happy in myself, and I am so happy in the relationships I have. I take pride and feel happiness in working on myself and reflecting on how I'm feeling. My passions are, being productive in my work, self-reflecting through journaling and building good habits that will keep my mental health happy. That is so different to the person that used to never want to leave their room or even get out of bed. That is so different from the person that saw taking a shower as the most difficult part of their day. That is so different from the person crying and begging to die.
So, I just wanted to say thank you again, it's so strange to me that someone I've never even met in real life has had such a great impact on it. I am so grateful for everything you have taught me; it has made me want to pursue a career in helping others even more now. It would all be worth it if I can help even one person, as you have helped. Thank you A.C.