Adrian Perkins MSc, registered Psychotherapist - individuals, couples, families
What my clients and other professionals say about me
"In a warm, friendly and relaxing atmosphere Adrian turned my negatives into positives, my nightmares into dust, I saw a difference in myself I never dreamed could happen. I learned a lot of things about myself, I stopped hating and blaming myself. I am a different person, a stronger and more confident person than I ever thought I could be, I am doing things I always thought I could never do. Client, April 2016.
"I felt cared about, not over-indulged, heard, respected, supported, understood, accepted… all things which made it work for me.
I can’t quite believe how hugely different I feel - and how different I am - now. It’s as if I was living in a cloud of fog and now that’s gone. I’ve got my life back. I feel safer, able to cope with stuff, equipped with a resilience that I felt had just ‘gone’ and a bunch of techniques, in daily use, to improve my relationships with others. I know that all the change came about as a result of the whole therapy process." Client, December 2015.
"No more confusion, frustration or blockages. Freedom from the past. I can finally concentrate on the present and the future - something I could never have done before...Achieved more than I ever thought possible. "
Couple / family therapy
"Adrian has helped make a very difficult and potentially damaging situation as positive as it can / could be; I have already recommended him to a colleague!"
"Adrian helped us greatly in identifying our relationship issues and working out how to move forward."
Following couple therapy with Adrian: " I really feel our relationship has improved."
"I very quickly felt I could trust Adrian and be completely honest with him, and that he at all times had my best interests at heart".
"A very diligent practitioner.... a high standard of practice within a clear ethical framework'....'he has a strong ethic of wishing to do his best for his clients."
Who I am and the service I offer to individuals, couples and families
I worked as a family and children law lawyer for several years and decided that I wanted to help people with their relationships before the lawyers needed to get involved! Initially, I started training and working as a volunteer counsellor with a local charity. Soon, I found myself developing a practice working with couples as well as with individuals. That was back in the early 2000s. My training as a Relate relationship counsellor followed, along with four years Masters level clinical training to become a UKCP registered Systemic Family and Couple Psychotherapist.
I am employed part - time as a Psychotherapist with the NHS and work part - time in private practice. I am also a School Counsellor and an Associate and Trainer with Adoption and Fostering Association Cymru (formerly BAAF Cymru).
It can happen to any of us. A relationship which begins with such hopes and dreams falters under the pressures of life. And when our relationships are under strain, our mental and physical health comes under strain too, which is why relationship difficulties sometimes contribute to anxiety, depression or addictive behaviours.
I work with individuals on their own, with couples and with families. I use my 14 years experience as a counsellor and my clinical skills as a psychotherapist to provide my clients with a therapeutic space away from the busy-ness of life - to pause, reflect and find new ways to move forward . It might be with a couple who see cracks appearing in their relationship and want to work to keep their relationship on track. It might be with a couple who are trying to figure out if their relationship has a future, or who have decided to separate and want to do this in a way which is least difficult for their kids. Families come to see me where there are broken relationships or the challenges which come with teenage children or elderly parents. And I work with individuals who want to free themselves from the weight of difficult past experiences and so improve their health and well being.
When you come to see me, I will aim to provide you with a therapeutic experience which is respectful, confidential and suited to your needs. My approach as a therapist is compassionate, reflective, inquiring and hopeful, engaging each person with what matters to them. Particular attention is paid to meanings and perceptions, relationship patterns, family culture and how these affect thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
I am able arrange to provide therapy as a team with trusted colleagues where this would be therapeutically useful.
Sessions take place in comfortable premises in Cathays, Cardiff ( 5 minutes off the A48M) or in Cathedral Road, 5 minutes from Cardiff city centre.
The following fees are for a 55 minute session:
Any additional work outside of the sessions, for example, if engagement with other professionals is needed, is also charged at the above hourly rates.
Reductions available for students / unwaged.
I am happy to try to accommodate requests for Saturday sessions. I charge an additional £10 for a Saturday appointment.
Appointments at the Natural Health Clinic, 98, Cathedral Road, Cardiff - a £10 supplement applies to cover additional costs.
My therapeutic services include:
- Overcoming anxiety and stress
- Childhood related trauma
- Working therapeutically with issues which men face
- Relationship improvement
- Coping with / managing relationship breakdown
- Family relationship issues
- Kids in the middle - working therapeutically through parental separation
- Dealing with destructive or violent behaviour in young people
What to expect at the first session
We will use the first session together to identify what is most important for each person in coming for therapy and hear each person’s view of the situation. Information gathered enables us to decide together how best to proceed.
How long is a session
Each session lasts 55 minutes.
How many sessions will you have?
Frequency of sessions and number of sessions is dependent on your particular needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working as a counsellor / therapist since 2002.
I undertook my clinical training at the Family Institute, University of South Wales and hold an MSc in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy (Distinction).
I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. I am an accredited member of the College of Family, Couple and Systemic Therapy and an accredited member of the Association of Family Therapy.
I am committed to continuing professional development and work in accordance with the UKCP Code of Ethics and Code of Practice.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
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Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Saturday and weekday evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|