Your mental health is more important than the interview, the lunch date, the meeting, the family dinner, the grocery-run. Take care of yourself by putting your well-being first. As an experienced Psychotherapist, I uniquely care and value each one of my clients and make it an integral part of your therapy process to ensure you begin to bring value and empowerment into your life daily.
Some days you may feel on top of the world, other days you can feel the world is on top of you. You’re worth more than your darkness….You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, a personality. Staying yourself is part of the battle.
Remember that you were given this life because you’re strong enough to live it
Just because you aren’t making progress as fast as you think does not mean you aren’t making progress. Keep going
What do I provide?
Within the NHS and in both private practices in London and Spain there are no shortages of issues my clients can bring, professionally I enjoy working collaboratively with you, while empowering your own self-discovery.
I work best with clients presenting past trauma, couples, relationship breakdowns, low mood, depression, generalised anxiety and bereavement. Within the last two years, I’ve enjoyed building a strong client base around motivational support including life coaching within the corporate and media industry, working privately with well-known public figures and CEO’s in both London and Spain.
I work honestly, confidentially and with integrity. Any issues presented that are not within my expertise, I will offer to refer or signpost to relevant local organisations or professionals.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an Accredited member of the National Counselling Society authorised and regulated by the Professional Standards Authority. I am a professional member of the The National Hypnotherapy Society.
I obtained in my specialist area as a Psychotherapist/Clinical Hypnotherapist a Higher Certificate in Counselling Skills in 2014 and a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy in 2014.
In 2015 I received my Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling at Chrysalis Training Institute.
To continue my proficiency and professional development I qualified as an integrative couples therapist at Human Givens College undertaking a practical master class in 2017.
I have a number of years experience as a mentor in my specialist area in Counselling Theory and Skills at both Level 3 and 4. Noting this, I have completed an Advanced Teaching proficiency certificate within the Independent Learning Sector with Lauren Bacchus founder of Beechwood School and Clicks Book Store (PGCE).
My passion within the media and Health and Beauty sector led me to become a qualified Beauty Therapist and Make-up artist obtained at Croydon College and East Surrey College in 2013
Noting this, I have recently graduated from studying a Postgraduate, Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, accredited by the National Counselling Society and furthering my proficiency, I have applied for student status with the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists).
I am one of the founders and Directors of Sofalive. An online professional and on-demand talking therapy service, pioneering a new platform of integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy combined with the access to Holistic therapy via Psychic readings, mediums and Clairvoyants (for entertainment purposes).
Sofalive offers quick, accessible and affordable talking therapy via telephone and web-cam both pre-booked or via a premium telephone number.
I have successfully built both private practices in London and Spain, providing bespoke and highly confidential therapy to individuals and notable persons in the media, music and corporate sectors.
I specialise in a range of psychological difficulties and I have worked within a variety of voluntary sectors, as a psychotherapist, such as:
- Care Grow Live, a counselling centre for men and woman facing addiction and drug abuse
- NHS GP surgeries in the borough of Lambeth, South West London.
- Behavioural specialist and mentor for Pupil Referrals from the mainstream primary schools and home-schooled children
- Private Practice
- Primary placement within a women’s refuge in the Balearic island of Mallorca, Spain.
- Private Practice In Mallorca, Spain counselling women and men in abusive relationships.
I have trained in and worked with the psychological therapies sector (IAPTUS) within the NHS, private sector and for public health organisations.
I draw from an Integrative, Psychodynamic and Person Centred approach as well as combining realistic and simple cognitive behavioural approaches and enabling a better understanding of deeper seated issues.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Couples Counselling
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Life coaching
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
- Young carers
- Vulnerable Adults
Emma is a very professional counsellor who was able to assist in overcoming many personal challenges. I would definitely have further sessions and recommend Emma to anyone who would require counselling.
I have had my first counselling session with Ms Wallen and it was absolutely fantastic. I was so nervous to begin with, but there was no need. Ms Wallen was wonderful. I felt at ease throughout my session and left with a sense of accomplishment. I would definitely recommend her services.
I was going to be a first time mum who had waited many years to have a baby so I had many built up a lot of anxieties once I finally got pregnant.
Emma helped me to work through my anxieties which calmed and helped me so much that I feel Emma was the reason why I had a calm and stress free pregnancy and birth. I would highly recommend her to anyone as she is brilliant! Thank you Emma.
Emma is a fantastic professional I would have no hesitation recommending Emma, she always has a very positive attitude is very trustworthy and knowledgeable in her field. I can definitely recommend working with her should you get the opportunity.
I was hesitant initially because I’m much older than Emma but I have to say what a talented, unique therapist she is. She has given me tremendous help and it goes to show that age doesn’t count! Highly recommended.
What is Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Counselling is a form of non-judgemental, confidential psychological or talking therapy, facilitated in a safe environment where you are in control. It offers an opportunity for people to change how they feel and ultimately live happier lives. Usually sessions will last about 50 minutes and occur once every week. In traditional therapy the counsellor and client will be in the same room, but with advances in technology it can also be significantly effective when carried out via Skype, Telephone or Online Chat.
Deciding to see a counsellor doesn’t mean there is something wrong with you, but simply, that you have decided to do something positive about your well-being. Counselling gives you the opportunity to step back, find time to view your situation, consider your choices and move in a direction that allows you to live your life in the best way you can.
Integrative Therapy and Psychotherapeutic Counselling is when the therapist combines specific elements of different approaches to create a bespoke service for clients. The needs of each individual client are considered as a whole and techniques/approaches tailored to their personal circumstances. Although there are numerous models of counselling in use today in the UK, despite variations in theory and method, each model is nonetheless unified in its aim of achieving a similar outcome
Anyone and everyone can gain some benefit from counselling, no matter what your age, gender, ethnic origin, religious or cultural background and no matter whether you are able-bodied or otherwise.
Counselling practice occurs within a private and confidential environment where within this safe, secure and accepting space, your problems can be thoroughly explored at your own pace.
The aim of counselling is not to give you advice but to offer you a different perspective relating to an exploration of how you are feeling and what may feel right for you. During this process I’ll attempt to help you gain greater understanding of the challenges you may face as well as identifying any options available to you that may assist you in working towards a happier and more comfortable life.
What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?
Have you ever found yourself staring into space, so absorbed in your own thoughts that you’ve missed several minutes of the TV programme you were watching, or, when driving, found that you can’t remember the last few minutes of your journey? If so, you’ve been in a light “trance state”, otherwise known as hypnosis. Clinical hypnotherapy allows the client to access their subconscious mind. In doing so allows them the opportunity to alter unwanted or negative symptoms and thoughts. This is a completely natural phenomenon, which can be induced using a range of different methods. The therapist can then deepen the trance to a dream-like state where they can bypass your conscious mind and communicate directly with your subconscious mind.
This is done by initially carrying out a simple assessment of the issue at hand and then using hypnotherapy to restructure the original event and associated feeling and behaviour. This shift in response, therefore impacts positively on all future encounters with the presenting issue.
This does not mean that you are “in their power”, and you cannot be made to do anything that goes against your principles. The Derren Brown shows on stage and TV is intended for entertainment purposes only.
What happens next depends on the purpose of the session:
Suggestion Therapy –
This can be used to address specific issues including but not limited to; phobias, fears, anxiety, moderate weight loss, confidence issues or habits such as smoking.
Regression therapy originated in hypnotherapy and Is used to re-visit past events and deal with the emotions attached to them. Those forgotten experiences contain emotional wounds that never healed or triggered persistent half-conscious convictions. Such programs (“character traits”) only change when we understand how they were caused and why we have held on to them. Finding and reliving unhealed experiences unlocks emotions and brings insight into how present complaints have their roots in those experiences.
Guided Affective Imagery –
A dream-like fantasy, where the therapist sets a scene and allows you to explore it, giving guidance along the way. The only limit is your imagination! This can be a lot of fun, but has a serious purpose, giving an insight into your personality and the issues in your life, and has a variety of therapeutic uses.
In most cases you will be aware of what is happening, you will be able to respond to questions and suggestions, and afterwards you will remember what happened. In fact, two-way communication is important so that the therapist can keep track of what’s going on in your mind during the session.
After coming out of hypnosis you will probably feel drowsy for a short while, and then feel just pleasantly relaxed. There are no unpleasant side effects, but suggestions put in place during hypnosis can change the way you react to certain circumstances, the temptation to have a cigarette for example, or feelings of anxiety in an exam.
What if I can’t be hypnotised?
We are all unique individuals, and some people are more resistant to hypnosis than others, however In theory and practice, everyone can be hypnotized, because we are many times in a day. Every day you emerge from sleep and come into full awareness, and every day you go from full awareness into sleep. This is the hypnotic trance process.
As a skilled therapist I have a variety of ways of dealing with resistance, but the trust and rapport built together is extremely important. I have found that there are a few people who have more difficulty. They tend to fall into two groups: those who expect the hypnosis to be done or experienced in a certain way; and those who consciously think they are ready to make a change but, in fact, have an underlying, deeper reason for not making that change.
What is Spiritual Counselling?
First let me start by saying what Spiritual Counselling is not, It is not a religion, nor do you have to be religious in order to benefit from its profound therapeutic help
Guided by intuition and healing, Spiritual Counselling facilitates the deeper issues that draw people to counselling and psychotherapy. There are different ways that this can be used practically. Each person is unique and brings different issues and goals to therapy, so I will take their lead from the person in how far the spiritual aspect becomes a direct way of working or not. Therefore, you do not need to feel spiritual or have any interest in spirituality to benefit from a psycho-spiritual approach to counselling and psychotherapy. You can experience great healing and relief from being able to share your story in a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space. Perhaps you simply want to learn strategies to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and relationship or family issues. Or you want to make more lasting changes to yourself that are underlying your symptoms, especially if you have recurring difficulties and patterns of behaviour that are limiting your life satisfaction.
Whereas most psychotherapies aim to help you to become a more balanced and integrated person, to help you manage stress and find more fulfilment in life, a spiritual approach also allows for a very positive way of understanding difficulties and connect with parts of yourself that you were unaware of. In addition, I find that the spirit can help to reduce negative emotions and help you to function from a place of love,
I offer an initial 90 minute consultation for my Counselling services at a fixed rate of £100.00 (non-refundable)
This gives you the control to discuss your goals and expectations you’d like to achieve while in therapy and to determine whether my expertise align with your needs.
I offer online and face-to-face counselling sessions Monday to Thursday evening and Saturday afternoons.
£75.00 for 50 minutes Individual Counselling, if accessing the counselling service within the week.
£80.00 for 50 minutes Individual Counselling, if accessing the counselling service on a Saturday.
Couples Therapy Sessions
£150.00 for 90 minutes, if accessing the counselling service within the week.
£160.00 for 90 minutes, if accessing the counselling service on a Saturday.