You are worth the effort it takes to see you, hear you, acknowledge your needs and honour your story
Welcome, and thank you for visiting.
I am Stacie, founder of Daisy Chain Counselling & Wellbeing service, a confidential space where everyone is welcome. I believe the quality of the therapeutic relationship between counsellor & client is an essential ingredient to the outcome of successful counselling, which is based on trust, compassion & shared decision-making.
As a fully qualified Integrative – Relational Counsellor I have had the privilege of working with adults and young people from all walks of life. I am passionate about offering safe and effective counselling in a way that enables people to rebuild their lives following stress, adversity, and trauma. The resourcefulness and survival instinct of humankind in the face of adversity is something that inspires, energises, and motivates me to ensure counselling is accessible to everyone.
Alongside my counselling practice in Godmanchester & Huntingdon, I volunteer for a non-profit counselling agency dedicated to offering low-cost counselling for people in need of support, in conjunction with providing access to specialist relational & trauma therapies. I am a registered member of the BACP and commit to working within their ethical framework.
Making the decision to see a counsellor is a big step to take - but it can be a positive one. Please read on to find out more about how I could help you.
Shifting the focus from ‘What is wrong with you?’ to considering ‘What happened to you?’ allows us to overcome barriers to shame and promotes new ways of thinking about mental well-being through a trauma-informed lens. A trauma-informed approach is founded on the understanding and acceptance that symptoms and experiences related to trauma are coping strategies established by people to manage traumatic experiences. With this in mind, we can begin to accept that our responses are natural reactions to unnatural events. This approach is based on a neuroscientific, relational, trauma-informed model whereby the basic human values of kindness, empathy, and compassion are at the heart of trauma-informed care, which respects the impact of trauma on the brain & the body. Not all trauma is created equal just as our expressions of trauma are unlikely to be equal, therefore integrating a variety of tools into a trauma-informed framework allows me to adapt my approach based on the individual needs of a person. The overall aim of Trauma-informed practice is to prevent further harm or re-traumatisation for those who have already experienced trauma and adversity.
What is trauma?
Typically, we think of trauma as the result of a big catastrophic event that we have experienced at some point in our lives. However, any distressing experience whether a single event or frequent exposure to a set of ongoing traumatic events might result in trauma. This pushes our nervous system outside of its ability to cope and regulate itself impacting us psychologically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Unprocessed trauma tends to ‘stick around’ in our system affecting our daily life and can show up in the form of panic attacks, anxiety, flashbacks, and depression. Less obvious signs of trauma can be difficult to pinpoint and often relate to the absence of ‘what didn’t happen to us’ versus ‘what should have happened to us’. This may be because we did not grow up in a warm, supportive environment where our emotional needs were consistently satisfied by those who were responsible for our care and development. This might leave us feeling persistently sad and empty as if something is missing from our life. It's frequently the "one thing" that we are unable to identify and track down within ourselves.
If you are wondering if therapy is right for you then you are not alone. Deciding to seek counselling is a personal decision that is often difficult to make. Life can be challenging and having someone in your corner to provide a judgment-free space, could bring balance & support through building a meaningful connection. You can decide to put your well-being first by incorporating counselling into your life. Therapy is not a sign of weakness, but rather one of self-preservation & self-care.
Are you looking to overcome obstacles that are preventing you from moving forward and obtaining your goals?
A solution-focused approach can help you develop clear and concise goals that enable you to create a vision of the future and foster deliberate, meaningful change.
We repeat what we don’t repair but with support, we can untangle ourselves and break away from the unfulfilling patterns by doing the repair work. This can help us gain better insight and knowledge into the difficulty we are facing and allow us the freedom to make new choices.
We might have thoughts, attitudes, or beliefs that prevent us from finding what we seek. Working together can help you to discover your life purpose and create meaningful ways of living by supporting you to discover what you are truly seeking.
People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:
Feelings of stress or anxiety
Grief, loss, or bereavement
Trauma and post-traumatic stress
Problems with confidence or self-esteem
Problems relating to Anger
Issues relating to sexuality
Difficulties at work or in retirement
Problems with family or school life
Physical health issues
Counselling is typically an excellent option for assistance with a present-day issue; one that can be explored and, ideally, resolved within a few sessions. Over a predetermined period, the problem is better understood, and a solution can become more obvious.
Therapy frequently refers to work that is a little more in-depth and focuses on larger life concerns and issues that have a bigger impact on the client's life. The number of sessions might be as many as necessary because therapy frequently involves a long-term strategy.
Which option is most suitable depends on the client and the difficulties they are facing. In some cases, therapy works well as an ongoing, longer-term option - and in some cases, a time-limited approach is more suitable.
How long a period of counselling lasts will vary from person to person and depend on the depth of the issues they are facing. For some people a couple of sessions helps to bring their problems into focus, and they feel ready to move forward; other problems may require more of an open-ended approach.
Before we begin any work we will agree on the number of sessions we’ll undertake, and at the end of that number review our progress. As long as we both agree further therapy will be of benefit to you, sessions can continue.
My aim is to offer a first appointment - known as an initial assessment - within 1-2 weeks. Then we would arrange a set number of counselling sessions to take place at the same time every week, that is convenient for you and where I have availabity. How quickly these sessions can begin will depend on the availabity of that free ‘slot’.
Everything that is said within the counselling room is private - this is one of the main ways counselling and therapy differ from talking to a friend or relative. Once you are comfortable with the format of weekly sessions and the safe space they provide, you will find the freedom to speak in confidence is of great value.
Note that there are some situations where you may be a risk to yourself or others, and there the law requires that I notify an authority; in these cases I may not be able to keep total confidentiality. Breaking confidentiality is very rare though, and only happens after the person concerned has been informed.
Sometimes I am asked this question by people who are nervous about entering into counselling, or when they are looking for support in coming to see a therapist. This anxiety is understandable, but a key aspect of counselling is that you feel free to talk about any issues you feel are important to you. Having someone else with you can make opening up a little more difficult, so for this reason, I do not see clients accompanied by friends or family.
I work from private offices located in Godmanchester Baptist Church, Huntingdon within easy reach of loactions throughout Cambridgeshire
In addition to providing face-to-face therapy, I also offer telephone counselling and online sessions for clients throughout the UK. Contact me to find out more about how online therapy works.
All sessions last for 60 minutes and are payable in advance via bank transfer before the session. I ask for 48 hours notice if you want to cancel or reschedule a session.
It can be scary and confusing making the decision to contact a counsellor or therapist, but in my experience people will struggle with a mental health issue, a personal crisis or problems with a relationship for much longer than is healthy. Sometimes a friend has proved a source of comfort, but this help can only go so far. Realising that resolving a problem requires something more means you have actually already taken the first step towards improving your life.
© Stacie Clifford
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