Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire & Lancaster
Actualize Wellbeing is a nonprofit organisation set up to provide high quality and affordable counselling.
Actualize Wellbeing is a non profit organisation established to provide counselling and emotional well-being for adults, children, young people, couples and families.
We offer Person-Centred counselling, psychodynamic counselling, CBT and creative arts therapy for adults.
We offer counselling, play and creative arts therapy for children and young people age 4-21.
We also offer relational therapy for families and couples.
Sessions are at our consulting room based at the Chess Medical Centre in Chesham or in Lancaster. Arrangements can also be made to provide sessions within the school environment.
We are actively working to raise awareness of emotional well-being and mental health by offering CPD training for schools and organisations both within the U.K. and o
Our Director of Services is Tracy Porter who has in excess of 20 years' counselling experience and over 10 years' experience as a counselling supervisor. She has worked in a variety of settings, including private, public and charitable organisations.
She is highly qualified, and maintains professional registration with a number of organisations including BACP (reg 101253).
Tracy is also a qualified primary school teacher with a number of years' experience of working in primary schools in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling, (Metanoia)
MA Pastoral Care in Education
Diploma Person-Centred Counselling (Metanoia),
CSCT Adv. Cert Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Psychodynamic Therapy
Primary PGCE with QTS
Cert. Relational Therapy
VACTS accredited alcohol and substance misuse counsellor
CRUSE accredited bereavement counsellor
BPS Approved Cert. Clinical Supervision
All our counsellors are appropriately qualified, DBS cleared and supervised by the Director of Services.
Actualize Wellbeing offers Person Centred Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Therapeutic Play , Parent and Child Therapy and Clay Therapy from our consulting rooms at the Chess Medical Centre in Chesham, Bucks HP5 3EZ and in Lancaster. Our counsellors work with children and young people from the age of 4 - 21. We also offer family mediation and therapeutic support groups for families of children with ASD, eating disorders, self-harm and emotional behaviour. .
We also offer a bespoke school-based counselling provision for Primary and Secondary Schools.
We provide a number of mental health CPD courses developed for schools or counselling organisations. We also provide consultancy on pastoral care, behaviour for learning, trauma aware schools and inclusion both in the U.K. and overseas.
Silvia is a highly qualified and experienced therapist who has worked therapeutically with children, young people and adults for a number of years. Silvia uses sand, play, art and body movement. She has expertise in dealing with complex trauma, childhood development trauma and challenging behaviour.
Silvia is a Person-Centred Counsellor and also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling. She is a member of BACP.
Marina is a Diploma qualified and experienced Psychodynamic counsellor who has worked within a number of settings. She works with adults and young people over the age of 16. Her breadth of experience encompasses working with trauma, sexual abuse, substance/ alcohol misuse, abuse and diversity. Marina is also trained in Couples Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy so can offer support in redefining negative thinking patterns. She is a member of BACP.
Rebecca is an Art Therapist experienced working with children, young people and individuals with ASD, learning disabilities and challenging behaviours. She is skilled in creating compassionate, non-judgemental safe spaces enabling individuals to explore the challenges they face. She is registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and is a member of the British Association of Art Therapy.
Helen is PG Dip and MSc qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor experienced in working in different settings with both children (aged 5-18 years) and adults. She is able provide both short and long-term therapy which can be delivered face-to-face, telephone or video call platforms. When working with children and young people, Helen incorporates creative and play therapy where appropriate to aid the therapeutic process and develop greater understanding of each individual’s situation.
Helen has experience supporting people with a broad range of issues including the impact of sexual and domestic abuse, trauma, eating disorders, self-harm, anger management, bereavement and lack of self-esteem, relational problems, general anxiety and depression.
Please see our counselling page for more information on our therapeutic approaches. A session is 50 minutes and you can either attend the consulting room at Chess Medical Centre, or we can make arrangements to work with your child at school. Each session is at the subsidised rate of £35 and we offer a reduced rate for the unwaged. You can telephone or email to arrange an appointment, or use our online booking system. There is a £10 deposit for online bookings.
Creative therapy for children from the age of 5.
Person-Centred Counselling or CBT for young people up to the age of 21.
If you have not visited Actualize Wellbeing before, you will need to have an initial assessment appointment. This is an opportunity to discuss your needs and for us to explain what we can offer. The assessment session is 50 minutes and the fee is £20
Family Therapy sessions are held at our consulting room at Chess Medical Centre. Sessions are 50 minutes and are at a subsidised rate of £45 per session. We also offer a reduced rate for the unwaged. You can arrange an appointment over the telephone, by email or via our online booking system. There is a £10 deposit for online bookings. Payment is due on or before the appointment day.
Therapy for parents/ carers and siblings to attend together.
We run a number of therapeutic support groups. This offers the opportunity for you to meet other people with similar experiences and to share and support each other in a safe environment facilitated by an experienced counsellor.
We currently offer groups for the parents/ carers of children or young people with; Autistic Spectrum Disorder, emotional behaviour, self harm & eating disorders. Groups are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please contact us via phone or email to join a group.
Individual supervision. The first session is £30 for 50 minutes as it is an opportunity for us to discuss our ways of working, therapeutic approaches, your needs, what I can offer and decide whether we have the right 'fit' to work together. f you are interested in group supervision, please contact me to register an interest.
Please provide 24 hours notice for cancellations so that we can offer your appointment to another client. The full session fee is payable without 24 hours notice.
We are here to help, so feel free to visit within our normal working hours.
Chess Medical Centre, 260-290 Berkhampsted Road, Chesham, Bucks HP5 3EZ
09:00 – 17:00
We are dedicated to improving the lives of those in our community. Your contribution today helps us make a difference. We would like to be able to offer our services free of charge for the unwaged so that high quality mental health services are truly accessible and not dependent on financial ability to pay. Please help us reach our goal!
Chess Medical Centre
260-290 Berkhampsted Road
08:30 – 21:00
Monday - Friday: 6pm - 8pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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