Hi, my name is Aaron Elmore and I qualified as an integrative counsellor in July 2019. I studied first at New College Durham and my there I worked primarily in a person-centred manner. This means that I always took the client to be the expert in the room. I did not try to impose my own agenda upon the person, instead I held the space for them to explore at their own pace. Even though I have since expanded my work into other modalities, I still approach each counselling session with a person-centred outlook.
You are the most important person in the session, and you are the one who has lived through your experiences. So take me on the journey with you, and we can work through your feelings together.
Later I moved to Bishop Auckland College to complete my training. There we placed more focus on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which focused on breaking down thinking patterns to help understand why we feel the way we do. The NHS favour this approach at the moment, particularly in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services. This is because CBT can produce measurable results and in a relatively short time. This is useful for cost and also for effectiveness.
Placements and Work Experience
Whilst training at Bishop Auckland, I undertook a placement in order to develop my counselling skills and confidence. My placement was at Butterwick Hospice, where I held several roles. I started out in the befriending service for those recently bereaved of patients treated by the hospice. Eventually, I took on more responsibility by helping to run that area of the family support department. Afterwards, I moved into helping to facilitate two support groups within Butterwick. These were a peer support group for bereaved people, and a group for patients of Butterwick living with various neurological conditions (such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s). I then moved into solely working as a counsellor for the family support team.
My experiences in my other roles were extremely educational and enlightening, which helped inform my work with clients. I have supported individuals who were either bereaved or living with a life-limiting condition. The age range of my clients was from 6 years old to 70 years+. My time there was incredibly valuable, I learned so much about how to work as an effective counsellor, and also about how to manage my own mental load throughout it all. Upon the completion of my course, I brought my client work to an end and decided to move on from Butterwick and into private practice. This is so that I could continue to work in my other role (as a learning disability and Autism support worker), whilst taking on flexible paid employment as a counsellor.
I have also recently completed a Level 3 City & Guilds qualification in Body Massage. This is part of my goal to expand my work into providing a range of holistic wellbeing services and products. I believe in a holistic approach to wellness and so aim to be able support my clients in whatever areas they would like support. The massage style which I offer is Swedish (also known as traditional) and focuses on relaxation – both mentally and physically. It is suitable for a wide range of people, and can be adapted to suit clients’ individual needs and aims.
Other training which I have completed, in order to expand my range of skills and techniques, includes;
- Suicide Awareness
- Single Session/One-at-a-time counselling
- Autism awareness
- Mental Health First Aid for Adults
- Basic Life Support
- Awareness of Mental Health Problems
- Holistic Life Coaching
The Future of Elm Tree Therapies
In time I hope to offer more services, such as; Reiki, coaching, holistic facial treatments, aromatherapy, meditation, reflexology, and more. This will be based on the disciplines which interest me, and what my clients would like to see more of in my work.