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Magna Erasmus Counselling

Dustable and St Albans based therapist specializing in

Bereavement, Depression, Trauma, Addictions and Eating disorders. 

All sessions are currently offered online due to Covid-19.

 

About me

I have learned that people want to heal.  Want to break free from loneliness and want to be heard. There is so much healing in the of telling your story, feeling like your story was understood so that wounds can heal.   I have helped my clients find emotional healing and make life changes to that seemed to be holding them back in life. We only have one life, and it is too short to be unhappy, unsure, or unfulfilled.
I have extensive experience in working with addictions, sexual abuse, trauma, eating disorders, anxiety and depression.  I help end of life clients through the many stages of grieving their lives, helping them die well.  I help mothers and fathers who have experienced baby and infant loss.  I have worked with parents that have lost children, and children that have lost their parents.
I have a culturally diverse client base and love working with people from all walks of live, all over the world.
My clients are all cared for and looked after in a compassionate, kind and safe way.  Let me help you find your path to healing, to develop ways to have a better relationship with yourself and others.
Get in touch today to see what I can do for you.

 

Other information

Training, BACP, Insurance and Supervision

Level 7 Diploma : Trauma Counselling 
Level 5 Diploma : Integrative Counselling
Level 3 Certificate : Counselling Skills

  • I attend regular CPD to ensure having an up to date practice and to give my clients the best possible service.

  • I have Membership with the BACP (Registered Member British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy).

  • I hold Indemnity insurance for working with Adults.

  • I have regular Supervision to ensure I work safely and withing the ethical boundaries of the BACP.

 

Testimonials

'Thank you so much for helping me find myself'

Female aged 21

'My sessions with you helped me to understand how to cope with day to day struggles and also to put these struggles into a bigger picture.  You have given me powerful and effective tools to cope with life's difficulties and also to find more hope and enjoyment in day to day life'

Male aged 47

I have struggled with my life at least since I was 8 years old. Over the years I have used self harm, food, drugs and unhealthy relationships as my coping mechanisms, always trying to find help and support but repeatedly failing. I had tried counselling, group therapy, the 12 steps and even an eating disorders unit. Nothing seemed to help and I always ended up back with my old unhealthy and unhappy habits.
My sessions with Magna have literally been life changing. After 32 years of sadness my life has turned finally turned around. She helped me focus on myself and find my voice. I have taken control of my life and am so much better; a better mum, daughter, sister, wife and friend. I no longer have that darkness following me.
I truly can’t recommend Magna enough’

Female aged 35

Thank you for all your support and for helping me find me again.

Female aged 23

I would just like to email to say a huge thank you to Magna. I saw Magna back in 2015 and had counselling with her until about 2017. I was struggling with anorexia and she helped me so much. I was in such a dark place but she went above and beyond to make sure I was okay. I never got the chance to say thank you so I wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Magna for ultimately saving my life. I don’t think I can put into words how thankful me and my family are! 


I’d like Magna to know that I am now 22 and I graduated from University with First Class Honors. I am working for a charity in health and social care doing research which I love. And I am now engaged to the partner I met when I was speaking with Magna! 


Thank you again for all your help

Female aged 22

Thank you so much for your help over the past year.  I really appreciate all that you have done for me and the support that you have given me.
I am proud of the progress that I have made and very aware that I could not have achieved all that I have without you.  I am extremely grateful for all the skills you have taught me and the insight you have bestowed upon me.  You created for me a safe, calm space in which I could share that which I did not feel able to talk about win anyone else.  You never belittled my issues or made me feel inconsequential.  I always felt listened to and cared about.  As well as helping me through the many ups and downs, you also allowed me to understand myself better.  I often felt like my problems and I were insignificant- a burden.  However, you helped me to see that I do matter and that someone believes in me and my capabilities.  Your help and compassion have helped me to become a more confident and positive person.  My sessions with you helped me understand how to cope with day to day struggles and also to put those struggles into a bigger picture. You have given me powerful and effective tools to cope with life's difficulties and also to have more hope and enjoyment in day to day living.

Female aged 20

I have been seeing Magna for 1 to 1 personal therapy since 2013. At the time I started seeing her, I was emerging from a very unhappy and emotionally abusive 18 year marriage. I was also embarking on a training programme to qualify as a children's counsellor, which required me to be in personal therapy alongside my training. I came to the early sessions reluctantly and somewhat guarded. I had been in personal therapy previously and marriage counselling for one year and thought I didn't need to go over old ground.

I soon came to realise, during the early weeks working with Magna that I had many layers of self doubt and battered self esteem which needed unraveling and healing. I felt that I had in some sense 'lost' my sense of self whilst in a toxic relationship. Through being a containing and reflective presence Magna provided a facilitative space which enabled me to slowly leave behind the broken me and to rediscover an integrated sense of self.  

A year into the work with Magna I received a further bombshell when I was diagnosed with grade 4 metastatic cancer. Magna has again provided me with a safe place in which to unravel and at times offload some of the immensely difficult feelings and emotions which this diagnosis has unleashed.

It is interesting that even though my own journey in qualifying as a counsellor has now completed, I continue to see Magna. The sessions that I have with her are an invaluable part of my life. I don't always look forward to them; it is a misconception to think that therapy is an indulgence- the work of therapy can be incredibly difficult. Being willing to allow a professional into your most inner self with all its vicissitudes and fears is an immense act of trust. Whatever feelings I arrive with at a session, I always leave feeling more coherent and integrated in myself. I am grateful to Magna for being a facilitative presence in my life and my ongoing journey towards greater self awareness and emotional healing.

Female aged 50

As a young male the hardest step is to accept you may need counseling, after some time deliberating I made the plunge, to initially help with one or two problems.


At first I saw it as a short term thing a couple of sessions and I would be off, but the reality is that having an opportunity it's to unload your weekly problems or frustrations regardless on how finicky they are has helped me no end it evens my keel and allows me to excels in certain areas. On the outset most people would assume I don't need counseling and I would probably suggest that myself right now, but it's something that helps me achieve things, puts things in perspective and manages to balance up my work and home life balance.


All sessions I have had have benefited me in some shape, I always find Magna supportive and honest I am a bit of clam when it comes to talking about personal stuff but Magna creates an environment that allows for it to me easy and stress free to communicate.


At the moment I don't see myself stopping counseling but I don't  have any  problems that I need work on it's a great way to clear my head in a busy life I lead.

Male aged 24

 

Work with me

Your life.  Your feelings.  Your relationships.  I offer a variety of counselling interventions that will nurture your spirit, heal your soul, help you overcome personal challenges, and allow you to have the life you want to live . I tailor my therapy in order to help you.Contact me to start your journey today.

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Individual Face to Face Counselling

I am an emotions therapist and know that when our feelings feel out of control, so do we.  Face to face counselling can be helpful to help us give voice to difficult thoughts and feelings.  I offer day time and evening appointments.

Fee: £55 a session

        2 x weekly sessions : £50 per session

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Couples Counselling

I love working with couples, helping them find ways to communicate better, address intimate issues, and find more fun in their relationship.  Often times one of the keys to a happier, healthier life is having healthy relationships. My job is to give you the tools and techniques to achieve a healthy relationship.  Its the small, sustainable changes that can make all the difference. Call now to schedule a session.

Fee : £60 a session

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Counselling via Digital Media

I also offer sessions via skype, facetime or whatsapp for individual clients that find it more difficult to see me in the office.

Fee : £50 a session

I would love to help in any way I can. Get in touch to learn more.  Concession available.

 

Areas of work

Relationships

  • Working on our relationships with ourselves is just as important as working on our relationship with others

  • I help people recover from toxic relationships, domestic violence relationships and relationship break ups

  • Attachment and life skills

Eating Disorders

  • I do long term work with clients recovering from Bulimia, Anorexia, Diarexia, and all other food related issues

  • This also includes emotional eating, overeating and having a healthy relationship with food

Bereavement

  • I help children grieve parents and parents grieve children

  • I am trained in infant loss and bereavement, miscarraige and baby loss

  • I also work with end of life clients to help them live well and die well

Abuse

  • I have extensive experience in working with clients that have experienced sexual abuse, emotional abuse and physical abuse

  • Historic or current abuse

  • Recognizing manipulative behaviors

Depression, Anxiety and suicidal thoughts

  • I help clients understand and recover from anxiety and depression.

  • I support clients with their mental health during difficult times which would include suicidal thoughts 

Trauma

  • Complex trauma

  • Developmental Trauma

  • PTSD

  • Flashbacks and dreams

  • Trauma bonds

  • Trauma attachments

Addictions

I work with the following addictions:

  • Food Addictions

  • Gambling addictions

  • Alcohol addictions

  • Excercise addictions

Loneliness, low self esteem, day to day living

  • I support clients wanting to build or rebuild confidence

  • Helping clients manage challenges in their day to day living and work stress

  • I support clients during times of loneliness and isolation

 

"To not have your suffering recognized is an almost unbearable form of violence"

Andrei Lankov

 

Schedule a Session

I offer sessions in Dunstable and St Albans

07841045967

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