Who Am I

Poppy Martin MNCS (ACC)

Hi, my name is Poppy and I am a counsellor working in Southend (Essex). I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS). This means that I agree and abide by the code of ethics established by them, which can be found here; https://www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org/about-us/code-of-ethics/

Through personal experience I fully understand how challenging it can be to take the first steps into finding a counsellor. Thank you for taking the time to look at my website.

I offer you a safe and welcoming environment in which we will work collaboratively to help you find ways to live your life in a more fulfilling, happy way. Counselling will give you the opportunity to explore and understand past and present issues. 

We will be within a professional, confidential and non judgemental environment. Allowing you the time, space and support to make positive changes.

How I work

I work in an integrative way, meaning I will use a variety of skills and techniques to aid us in moving forward. I combine techniques from the following approaches to counselling

- CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)

- Psychodynamic

- Humanistic

- TA (transactional analysis)

When working with young children I also use play therapy (such as toys, arts and crafts, games)  to aid the child in expressing themselves.

I work with children (5+), adolescents and adults. 

One to one sessions are 50 minutes long and cost £40.00. 

I offer a reduced fee for those studying counselling and seeking personal therapy as a course requirement.

My Training/Qualifications

I have completed the following courses:

- AQA Certificate in Counselling Skills

- AQA Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

- 6 week short course in Counselling Children and Young People

- 1 day workshop on OCD

- 1 day workshop on Mindfulness

- 1 day workshop on Self Harm

- 1 day workshop on Living With a Narcissist

-  1 day workshop on PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

-  2 day course on Psychological Trauma with Southend Mind

I have also been a volunteer counsellor for Place2Be, a charity organisation whom provide counselling within primary and secondary schools. Through Place2Be I completed the following workshops:

- Making endings with children

- Attachment theory and self awareness in the counsellor

- Working with children with SEN (special educational needs)

I currently work for a charity called Open Door. I work with young people (ages 5-25) mainly within a school environment. Through my work with Open Door I complete yearly Safeguarding training.   

I have a full (and current) DBS, available to see upon request.

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