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 decide if I might be the right one for you.

I'm qualified and accredited, educated, have some life-experience, I'm female and middle-aged. I think I'm warm, approachable and have a down-to-earth personality. I aim to provide a place where you feel safe, respected and heard. Finding the right "fit" 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 just 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, 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 you think 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 we also need to 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 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.

  • Qualifications & Experience
    DipHE 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

    I have run Creative Approaches workshops for DipHE (Level 5) Counselling students as a visiting lecturer.

    Previous experience includes two years working at a local University counselling students and staff and counselling within the NHS.

    Issues I have helped clients with include:
    Post natal depression
    Birth trauma/Difficult birth experience
    Pregnancy and birth - incl preparing for, fear of
    Low self-esteem/Self-belief
    Relationships with family/friends
    Coping with Separation/Divorce
  • What I can help with
    • Abortion
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Adoption
    • Ageing and related issues
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Autism & Aspergers Syndrome
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Bullying
    • Carers
    • Depression
    • Divorce & Separation
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • Illness and dying
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Parenting skills
    • Pregnancy related issues
    • Relationships
    • Self-harm
    • Sexuality Identity
    • Spirituality
    • Trauma
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