About Becky Protopsaltis
I am a qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy which means I work within the boundaries and standards of behaviour set by the BACP’s ethical framework.
I have worked in the NHS for 25 years specialising in patient experience and engagement. In this time I became skilled in actively listening to patients, understanding their stories and helping them to resolve issues that were causing them distress. I realised that I wanted to develop my listening skills further to really learn to help people to explore their worries and concerns, and so decided to retrain as a counsellor in 2013. I also currently work within the NHS counselling patients and their relatives who have been affected by cancer.
I work in an integrative way; having trained primarily as a person-centred therapist, I also incorporate mindfulness and acceptance into my work.
I believe that generally, trying to rid ourselves of pain and distress only increases it, and turns it into something traumatic. The alternative is to accept it - but that doesn't mean giving up, being defeated or agreeing with suffering. Acceptance is an acknowledgement of and a willingness to allow these experiences.
We learn to make room for painful feelings, thoughts, and sensations - allowing them to be there, coming and going without us struggling against them.If this is something that you believe may help you, or you simply need a listening ear, please don't hesitate to contact me.
I have a particular interest in counselling young people aged 12 and over. I know that being a teenager nowadays can sometimes be a stressful and difficult time, and that anxiety and depression in young people has increased substantially in recent years. I am able to work with young people to help them to explore their emotions and develop coping mechanisms.
I have availability at evenings and weekends. Please contact me to find out more about how I work at a free initial 40 minute consultation with no obligation to continue.
I also currently work as an NHS counsellor seeing patients and relatives who have been affected by cancer at Dorset County Hospital. I have previously worked as a counsellor in a Bournemouth GP surgery and am experienced in working with a number of issues, among them :