— Chui-Ling Blake
Hello, my name is Chui-Ling Blake.
I have also undertaken a psychology degree, courses in cognitive behavioural and brief solution focused therapy.
I have always worked in “helping” roles throughout my career and therefore counselling was a natural progression.
As well as counselling adults, I counsel young people (13 years +) as adolescents can also benefit from therapy.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses include:
- Online & Telephone Counselling
- Working with Trauma
- Suicide Prevention
- Working with Suicide and Self-harm
- Developing Emotion Resilience
- Domestic Abuse – The Freedom Programme
- Trauma and the Body
- Dissociation & Somatisation
- Working with Bereavement & Complex Grief
Plus many more, as well as on-going training.
My approach is integrative but I find the person-centred approach fits my philosophy as it has at its very core, an unshakable belief that all people are good.
The approach believes that each and every person can and will become a more fully functioning person if given the right conditions.
The underpinning principles of the person-centred approach are focused on the counsellor being honest, non-judgmental and fully accepting whilst being fully integrated in the relationship allowing the client to lead and set the pace. I aim to offer these conditions as best as I can during our sessions.
I am also able to utilise cognitive behavioural therapy as well as brief- solution focused therapy too.
Some of the Issues I Work With:
Adolescence is an important period for mental, social and emotional well-being and development. During this stage, the brain will go through significant changes, creating neural pathways/behaviour patterns that will last late in life. The adolescents’ developing brain along with hormonal changes can create low moods and anxieties. They may also suffer with behavioural issues, stress, school and social-related problems, low self-esteem and many other worries. Counselling can be extremely beneficial during this challenging time for young people.
A free 15 minute initial consultation is useful as it provides an opportunity to find out whether your needs, interests and goals fit with my skillset. This stage also provides the initial clarification about the limits of confidentiality, therapeutic approach, and other terms of professional services.
Face to Face Counselling
Face to face support offers a stronger understanding of your situation as it will develop a deeper therapeutic relationship. Face to face contact with others can reduce the levels of cortisol (commonly known as the “stress hormone”) in an individual’s nervous system. Human presence and contact contributes to healthy levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine in an individual’s system which can contribute to increased motivation and energy levels. By attending in person and to a familiar room, clients know they are coming to a safe and familiar place.
Telephone counselling is where you speak with your counsellor and receive your session over the telephone rather than face to face in the therapy room. As with face to face counselling, your counsellor will offer you space to talk through how you’ve been feeling and support you to identify and make changes should you wish to do so.
A vital part of telephone counselling is that you feel heard and understood by your counsellor and that you understand the process. Some clients feel more comfortable opening up and discussing sensitive issues through the anonymity buffer provided by a phone.
Online video counselling offers many of the benefits of face to face counselling with the added convenience of online therapy.
Combining visual and audio feedback, conversations can flow more organically through video chat sessions.
For clients who are particularly nervous or anxious during face-to-face counselling sessions, online therapy can offer an alternative means of support.
Video chat sessions use a secure platform.