About Me

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.

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Becky Protopsaltis

Qualifications

  • CPCAB Level 2: Counselling Skills
  • CPCAB Level 3: Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Level 4: Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certificate of Proficiency – Registered Member of the BACP
  • Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People (commencing February 2018)

Counselling

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 :

  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Self-esteem
  • Body dysmorphia
  • Identity confusion
  • Work related issues
  • Trauma
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Infertility
  • Health issues
  • Depression
  • Bereavement and Grief
  • Anger Management
  • Relationship issues
  • Stress
  • Sexuality
  • Self-harm
  • Abortion
  • Health anxiety

Please read the Counselling page for further information.

Got a question? Just send me a message… I’d love to hear from you!