Miss Zana Parker
Member Status: Accredited
Member No: NCS17-04599
Location: nr Totton
It can be really difficult to decide which counsellor to go for when there are so many of us! I hope the following will help you work out if I might be the right one for you, but if it doesn't, please feel free to get in touch and ask me anything that might help you decide.
In addition to being a qualified and accredited counsellor, you might like to know that I'm a mother of two (now adults), I have experienced various highs and lows in life, I think I'm warm, approachable and have a down-to-earth personality. I'm usually quite good at helping people feel at ease. I aim to provide a space where you feel safe, respected and heard. Finding the right "fit" between counsellor and client is important so if you'd like to find out more about how I work please do get in touch. You can also read more below or on my website.
I work with adults of all ages who come with a wide range of difficulties or challenges that they'd like to explore, resolve or feel better about. Due to my rather unique set of qualifications and experience I also specialise in working with issues related to pregnancy, birth and parenthood, whether current or in the past. This might include postnatal depression, fear of birth (tocophobia), problems during pregnancy, difficulties bonding, miscarriage, termination, difficult or traumatic birth experience, struggling with adjusting to life as a parent or grandparent, etc.
I believe counselling should be an holistic process; it's not all about what's going on in your head! You have unique experiences, emotions, responses, stresses, levels of resilience, etc, and all of these impact on your mind, body, feelings and beliefs. Although we'll mostly talk together, sometimes other approaches can be useful. These might include focused breathing, relaxation, using objects or drawing/scribbling - whatever you are comfortable with or that we decide together might be useful in the moment.
Through our working relationship I hope you feel heard, validated and safe. We'll look at areas of your life that are causing you difficulty and sometimes we might link to things in the past that you may or may not have realised were connected to the present. The past shapes the present so sometimes it's useful to look back to learn, understand or accept, but at the same time we will look at what's going on now so that change becomes possible. When you feel ready you can experiment with new responses, new feelings, new perspectives, new skills which gradually lead to therapeutic change.
I have experience working with women and men with a diverse range of issues, so whatever you're struggling with do feel free to get in touch.
There's more about me and how I work on my website.
I work from a dedicated room in my home near Totton, Hampshire. It's easy to find whether you're coming from New Forest, Romsey, Southampton or Winchester as it's just off a main road, and there's ample parking. During the current pandemic I will also consider online working via Zoom.
- Qualifications & ExperienceDipHE Counselling (Level 5) with Distinction, Winchester University, 2010
Hypnotherapy for Childbirth 2012 (Course accredited by Royal College of Midwives)
Dip HE Antenatal Education (Level 5), Bedfordshire University, 2010
NCT Advanced Antenatal Teacher ("Excellent Practitioner") 2005
NCT Antenatal Teacher Licensed Practitioner continuously since 1998
Rewind Technique for helping process trauma 2018
Prior to private practice, I spent two years working at a local University counselling students and staff and several months counselling within the NHS.
I have helped clients with difficulties surrounding:
Post natal depression
Birth trauma/Difficult birth experience
Pregnancy and birth - incl preparing for, fear of
Relationships with family/friends
Coping with Separation/Divorce
I have provided the following professional workshops:
Creative Approaches for counselling and personal development (for DipHE (Level 5) Counselling students)
Normalising high risk care (for student midwives)
Providing antenatal classes (for student midwives)
- What I can help with
- Ageing and related issues
- Anger Management
- Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Bereavement / Loss
- Childbirth: fertility
- Childbirth: labour
- Childbirth: pregnancy
- Divorce & Separation
- Emotional issues
- Generally unhappy with your life
- Illness and dying
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Parenting skills
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD
- Pregnancy related issues
- Self-defeating behaviours
- Sexuality Identity
- Languages Spoken