Posts by shirleybaxter

A Leap of Faith

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Blogs | 9 comments

Firstly let me welcome you to my new website.  This is an exciting time for me as I finally see my new site ready to go live.  I have always had a website.  From the moment I decided to embark on on my own private practice I knew how important it was to have that web visibility.  I loved my old website dearly.  I went with a well established organisation called Webhealer that hosts affordable websites for therapists.  Ever the individual I chose to have a bespoke design, something that was distinctly my own and no one elses, something that reflected part of me.  My web designer James at Blue Squash was fantastic, with only one short phone call and  few e-mails he had understood the brief and bingo my website was born, back in December 2008. Here we are in July 2013, four and a half years later after having finally taken that leap of faith to break away from the safety of the Webhealer family.  And lovely as it was, it felt safe and structured, the time was coming to change, to bring the website to life, to give the site a new dimension, to grow it as I have grown over these years in my profession.  And this is what I feel has been truly achieved as my beautiful design has been transferred over to this new website. Taking that leap of faith requires trust, trusting in myself and trusting my website in the hands of someone else.  I often post on my Facebook page that change requires having trust in yourself and trust that things will work out, and if they don’t then at least you have tried and if needs be there will be another avenue to take.  It would be wrong of me not follow what I encourage others to do. As I come to the end of my first blog (the first of many) I have a tinge of sadness at the coming to an end of my old site and I want to reflect that it was ok to feel that sadness as I leave my old trusty friend behind me.  And now as I look ahead I want to thank Dean at Cybershrink for his help, support, encouragement and above all his patience, this has been a great journey and I hope you will enjoy my website as much as I do and find it informative and helpful and my blogs interesting and...

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Welcome

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Featured |

Welcome

        Welcome to Shirley Baxter Counselling Service.  I am a Registered Member MBACP (Accred). Counsellor in private practice offering Counselling to adult clients on an individual and couple basis in the Hampshire and West Sussex towns of Portsmouth/Southsea and Westbourne (near Emsworth). I offer Employee Assistance  provision for local businesses and EAP providers, I also work with various insurance and healthcare providers and specialist addiction services offering counselling to eligible policy holders.    My private practice covers a large catchment area that extends out to Fareham, Petersfield and the Ise of Wight in Hampshire and out to Midhurst and Worthing in West Sussex.  For more detailed information on my services, availability and how Shirley Baxter Counselling Service can assist you please visit the relevant pages on this website.    ...

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Individual & Couple Counselling With Shirley

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Featured |

Individual & Couple Counselling With Shirley

There are many reasons why people seek counselling. You may be feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope with the pressures of life or you are struggling with a dilemma and need to find some clarity. You may want to talk about the issues in your life that are troubling you or causing you distress and you need to find coping strategies for managing these anxious thoughts and feelings. You may be seeking counselling to help you make change in your life but are unsure how or where to start or you may want to undertake some self-exploration or personal development. As a couple you may be experiencing problems in your relationship and would benefit from finding ways in which these can be resolved As a couple you may be struggling as a result of an affair and feel that counselling can help you get over this difficult phase in your relationship As a couple you realise that your relationship has come to an end and you want to be able to find the best possible way to end the relationship To know more about the issues counselling can help you with and how counselling can help you individually or as a couple please visit Counselling section. Whatever your reasons are for choosing to speak with a counsellor there is no doubt that the  therapeutic counselling relationship offers a safe, confidential and supportive space where you can talk freely and openly about yourself and your life without fear of judgement and pre-conceptions and as your counsellor I will be alongside you throughout this journey. To see how I work and how we would work together  please visit  About Shirley page....

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Employee Assistance & Specialist Services

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Featured |

Employee Assistance & Specialist Services

      The growth in Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Providers over the past decade has meant that employees are  able to access short term counselling support which is free, confidential and immediate.  Studies have shown that the emotional well being of employees is an essential part of running a successful business  and can lead to reduced level of sickeness and stress amongst employees.  Counselling for work related or personal issues is beneficial and can facilitate an earlier return to work if the employee is off sick, as well as providing the vital emotional support and coping strategies needed to help the employee on their way to improving their psychological well being.  With over 5 years experience of working with EAP organisations I have seen the benefits this kind of service can offer. If you are an EAP Provider , Insurance or Healthcare Provider who offers policy holders counselling or a specialist organisation offering aftercare Addiction support for and are looking for Counsellors to join your network please visit the more detailed EAP and Specialist Service page. If you are an employee and are unsure if your employer offers an EAP service please contact your HR Department, Union or visit your intranet site....

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