ELIZABETH ZARA BUTLER MBACP (Accred) COUNSELLING     Berkshire and Buckinghamshire

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In addition to my private practice, I worked for the Student Counselling Service at Royal Holloway, University of London from 2015 to 2019, and for 6 years at the Windsor & Maidenhead Youth and Community Counselling Service.

I am a Registered and Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) - meaning my post-qualification practice met their higher standards for Accreditation. I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the counselling professions.

Prior to becoming a counsellor, I initially worked for a large broadcasting corporation, progressing to a complex managerial role responsible for multiple teams across a busy 24/7 environment. I understand from first-hand experience the pressures of a demanding workplace. I decided to change direction, qualifying as a yoga teacher in addtion to undertaking counselling training while raising my children.

Having taught yoga and relaxation classes for 15 years, I have substantial experience in offering mindfulness and breathing practices which help alleviate anxiety and stress.

I am an experienced counsellor with over 3.000 clinical hours of counselling experience since qualifying in 2014. I continue to engage in a variety of CPD (Continuining Professional Development) training, have regular professional supervision, professional indemnity insurance, and a DBS Enhanced Certificate. Click here to find me on the BACP register, Certificate No: 094296.



      BACP Certificate of Accreditation for Individual Practitioners
      Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Humanistic Counselling (BACP Accredited course).
      Certificate in Counselling Skills
      BA (Hons) English Literature
      International Diploma in Teaching Yoga (FRYOG)

A selection of additional training includes:

  • Polyvagal Theory In Action: Creating Safety & Connection with Trauma Clients (with Deb Dana, author of 'The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy')
  • Moving Your Practice Online (Online Therapy Institute)
  • Trauma and the body (Royal Holloway University of London)
  • Web of Shame (with Christiane Sanderson, lecturer in psychology and counselling at University of Roehampton)
  • New Approaches to Working with Bodies Today (with Dr Susie Orbach, psychotherapist and author of 'Fat is a Feminist Issue', 'Hunger Strike', 'Bodies', and others)
  • Self-harm
  • Eating disorders and disordered eating (with Professor Julia Buckroyd, author of 'Understanding Your Eating')
  • Sexual abuse
  • Working with young people (3 day training)
  • Neuroscience, emotions and the body
  • Co-dependency (Royal Holloway University of London)
  • Working with clients with a mental health diagnosis; Borderline Personality Disorder; Psychosis; (x 3 days with Dr Rachel Freeth, psychiatrist and counsellor, author of 'Humanising Psychiatry and Mental Health Care' )
  • Domestic Abuse (2 day training)
  • Working with racial and cultural difference (with Mike Worrall, lecturer at The Metanoia Institute)
  • Grief works (online, Julia Samuel, author of 'Grief Works')
  • Child protection
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Single Session Therapy (with Professor Windy Dryden, author/editor of over 200 books)
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