ELIZABETH ZARA BUTLER MBACP (Accred) COUNSELLING     Berkshire and Buckinghamshire

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How I work. LIZPORTRAIT2

MY APPROACH

As a counsellor I work with people from many different walks of life, who have come to counselling for all sorts of reasons.

I recognise how hard life can feel for any one of us when we are experiencing difficulties or emotional distress, and I welcome people for whoever they are, respecting them as individuals irrespective of background, ethnic origin, religious beliefs, gender or sexual orientation.

As your counsellor, I will give my full attention to understanding your life and whatever is troubling you, with respect, empathy, and compassion, and without judgement. Together we can explore fresh perspectives on either current or past difficulties.

I will not tell you what you should do, instead I will encourage and help you to develop deeper understanding of yourself and your situation, and what you would like to be different; consistently supporting you as you make the choices you wish to, whilst also helping you to accept the things which cannot be changed.


I am a Humanistic counsellor, which means that I believe that all of us have a fundamental drive to achieve our true potential as individuals, although at times we can feel we have lost the connection to our internal resources. Developing our self-awareness encourages us to connect with ourselves. When we start to accept ourselves as we truly are, including our difficult negative feelings, and we accept the world around us too, we discover we have the freedom to change and grow, and we can create a more confident sense of identity as a rounded individual.

I work with the Existential, Gestalt and Person-Centred theories of counselling, through which we can develop a deeper understanding of ourselves, our behaviour, and our relationships with others, and despite life’s uncertainties, take responsibility for our own lives and the decisions we make.

Being trained in three complementary models of counselling allows me to adapt my approach to suit your specific needs. I will always look to understand your individual experience, and how you wish your life to be, while respecting your freedom to make your own choices.


In my counselling practice I have helped people with the following:

  • Abuse
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement, grief and loss
  • Bullying
  • Change and life transitions
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating disorders
  • Family problems
  • Identity
  • Illness
  • Parenting
  • Post-natal depression
  • Redundancy
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Stress
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Trauma
  • Workplace issues

"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become."
Carl Jung


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