Bryan Thornton MA; Accredited Counsellor; MBACP; UKASFP; NFM
15-17 Bridge St
Do you want to feel better quickly?
Most people I see begin to feel better after only one session and after three are well on the way towards the life that they want.
Counselling can be fun; most people enjoy this experience and are pleasantly surprised to notice how quickly their lives improve.
Many people only need 4 sessions as I use a solution focused approach, which concentrates on the future that you want.
Consequently, this works more quickly than more conventional approaches to counselling as it is not necessary to delve into your past unless you want to do so.
Because this approach takes less time, it offers excellent value for money.
I am BACP accredited and provide brief, effective, affordable, future focused counselling which brings hope and belief in any situation.
FREE 15 min. initial phone consultation.
No matter what the problem, solution focused conversations can help.
I have extensive experience of working with addictions; couples; separation and divorce; anxiety; depression; anger; loss; low self esteem and most other problems.
The solution focused approach is refreshingly straightforward.
The focus is on the future that you want and the first small signs of this happening, giving you something to work towards.
By concentrating on your preferred future, you will find that your relationship with the past will change as you will feel stronger and more able to handle things, which people find more helpful than 'working through' problems and being reminded of unpleasant experiences.
Solution Focused Therapy is brief because you will be encouraged to notice improvements from our very first contact, immediately creating a focus on things becoming better.
By establishing this immediate focus, you can achieve rapid and sustainable changes in your life.
This also ensures that you get excellent value for money; the average number of sessions is 4, although this obviously varies according to your circumstances.
Typically, we would meet more frequently at the start and increase the gap between sessions over time.
You are also welcome to come back for a 'booster session' after the end of therapy, so 6 sessions could easily be spread over 6 months.
With this approach, by focusing on the future that you want, you will also resolve the things that you don't want.
Most approaches to counselling concentrate on the past and therefore take much longer.
I aim to create a relaxed environment in which we can have straightforward, collaborative conversations about the things that are important to you and at the pace that is right for you.
We will look for small changes that you can build on; small changes often have a snowballing effect and lead to bigger changes.
Training, qualifications & experience
2011 BACP Accredited Counsellor
2008 MA in Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Birmingham University
2002 Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Counselling
2000 Accredited Family Mediator
1990 Certificate of Qualification in Social Work
1990 BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies 2:1 Sheffield Hallam University
1983 Certificate in Social Service
I have over 30 years of experience in the helping professions.
I have been counselling and mediating since 1999.
Prior to this, I was a Social Worker.
I am also a trainer in Solution Focused approaches; a member of BACP; UKASFP; NFM and chair of Sheffield Solutions, a solution focused interest group.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Solution Focused counselling is different. The focus is on the future that you want. You will find that by concentrating on improving your life, you will also develop a much greater understanding of yourself and your relationships.
All appointments are 50 minutes
Daytime: ( 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.)
Individuals: £45 per session
I am available at most times by arrangement.
I am based in Sheffield City Centre.
Please send me your feedback on this profile; I am always trying to improve and your feedback is very welcome and invaluable.
Latest Client Feedback
(Couple with relationship problems: 3 sessions over 6 weeks: vast improvement)
Thank you for helping us think about things from a different and more positive perspective. Before the counselling, we were so bogged down in our problems, we couldn’t see the wood for the trees. Solutions, rather than long discussions about the problems, were exactly what we were looking for.
(We were) pleasantly surprised by the techniques. Feeling that it was a positive and refreshing approach. (We remember) struggling to answer at times, having realised I hadn’t previously been thinking about what I actually wanted.
More Client Feedback
I have had therapy on and off for years and Bryan was the first one who explained what he did and why he did it. He believed in me and gave me hope at a time when I had little.
The therapist was excellent, because he opened my eyes to what I had achieved and how far I had come. He concentrated on potential, rather than guilt or blame, which I found motivating and self affirming.
The therapist was exactly what I needed at that point. I felt he understood me very well. He let me lead the conversation, but had a remarkable knack of making comments which helped me reach a point of realisation on my own; which is exactly the way I respond best.
I felt very relaxed. I was listened to and could say exactly how I really felt. Importantly, I was given the space to make up my own mind. After every session, I felt very positive.
I was respected, listened to and my thoughts were channelled to positive areas; I was given different perspectives and allowed to talk problems through. I was welcomed, not judged.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Supervision & training
I offer individual and group supervision in solution focused practice.View supervision profile