01747 831070 / 07738 851068
"Geoff's understanding, perception and patience enabled me to finally make sense of myself and come to terms with my history. He guided me through the darkness and helped me find peace in the midst of the chaos that was my life"
Life is a process of transition, subject to constant change and consequent anxiety. From conception, the very essence of life is change. Sometimes we may struggle to cope with and adapt to change, for example: -
- When we are confronted with unwelcome and unexpected sometimes life changing experiences or difficulties that we may find overwhelming.
- When events befall us to the extent that we lose any sense of place or purpose in life.
- When we find ourselves asking the question, "Why does this always happen to me?" or "Why do I always end up feeling bad, like this?"
- We may sense that we are changing and growing without knowing why or how to cope with it.
Alternatively, no how much we try, we may have always had a sense of not really fitting in, not belonging or not being good enough - a sense that can sabotage our well-being and hopes for a happy life.
All of the situations described are bound to be seen as a threat to our security, this response coming from deep with our primeval ancestry where physical threat was constant and we relied on the fight, flight or freeze responses, the nature of which can be readily observed in the natural world. In these modern times, our reactions to life issues are more likely to be driven by emotional responses, fuelled by the dynamic interaction between our past experiences and present events.
I see a strong relationship between our own sense of well-being and that of the natural world. I embrace this view by working in a transformational way in the growing specialisation of Wilderness & Nature Based Therapy, whether this can be facilitated in local woodland or more distant wild places.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling.
Dip. Couples Counselling.
Cert. Wilderness & Nature based Therapy and Coaching
Cert. Transactional Analysis
Dip. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Dip. Life, Business and Executive Coaching
Registered Accredited member British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. MBACP(Accred).
In engaging in counselling with me, you are assured of a safe, confidential and supportive environment which meets the professional standards of both these governing bodies for counsellors.
Whilst I primarily work in private practice, I support the voluntary sector where I work with Dorset Action on Abuse, helping adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. I have also worked within the NHS counselling/IAPT service.
I also work with clients through Employee Assistance Programmes providers and am an approved counsellor for Dorset County Council employees.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Wilderness and Nature-based Therapy
I charge £40 for a 60 minute session with individuals and £50 for couples sessions.
I make a small number of concessionary sessions available.
I do not charge for an initial exploratory session as it is important to me to establish that you are happy to work with me, for you to understand how I work and what outcomes you are seeking, before you make any firm commitment to work with me.
As a qualified Couples and Relationship Counsellor, I see that it is helpful to recognise that the 'relationship' people create develops a form of existence and integrity of its own which is quite apart from the expectations, aspirations and fears of the individual which can, in any event, change over time. I've never met a client who planned for a meaningful relationship to be wasted; the reality is that the intense pressure of modern life can cause us to lose sight of that which is most precious to us.
The foundation of my Couples Counselling practice is focused on the essence of the needs of the relationship and the responsibility that the individuals have for it, along with their individual expectations of it. This approach avoids a tendency for individuals to feel blamed or shamed, encouraging a constructive way of working so that issues can be explored in a non-confrontational way. I also integrate my coaching skills to facilitate a developmental process which focuses on Emotional Literacy and communication skills.
"We first visited Geoff at a low point in our relationship. We knew that deep down we had the potential to be happy but somehow we just couldn't attain this. Our own 'stuff/baggage' seemed to be getting in the way and we didn't know how to make things different. Our work with Geoff has allowed us to understand ourselves and each other better. Geoff gives us a space where we can be really honest with each other and ourselves".
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
08.30 to 20.00
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|