James Agar MBACP Snr. Accred. & UKCP Reg. Psychotherapist/Supervisor
I see adults, couples and young people in my practice based at my home in South Woodchester, near Stroud.
I have practiced as a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor since 1988 with organisations (higher education, social services, addiction rehab,trauma services, eating disorders, bereavement) and in private practice. I have been in full time private practice since 2003.
The chief goal of the second half of life, and that of therapy
by the way, is to make one's life as interesting as possible.
That seems a modest claim, especially for a person in deep
pain, yet our lives are an unfolding mystery, only partly in
our control, in which we are not only the protagonist, but
often the most amazed of witnesses...
The more consciously we address the questions of our lives,
the more we will experience our lives as meaningful...
James Hollis 2003
In my practice of both psychotherapy and supervision I am interested in offering different ways of reflecting on human experience. I understand that 'nature needs nurture,' and that a person's identity can be shaped by decisions made in response to significant relationships throughout life.
Depending on the quality of these influential relationships, particularly in early life, a person's decisions and shaping of identity can become embedded in suffering and negativity. A person can define his or herself by suffering and so might come to get what she unconsciously and negatively expects, no matter how she might consciously wish otherwise.
I value the analysis, or the "loosening of the bonds" of such personal suffering that can occur in with the help of meaningful relationships such as those created with counsellors or psychotherapists.
This loosening of bonds through the psychotherapy relationship can help the client to resource his or herself more effectively in daily life. Engaging in a psychotherapy relationship can also enhance the capacity for intimacy, facilitate congruence and openness to learning, and, ultimately, serve to make life more interesting.
Training, qualifications & experience
MBACP Senior Accred. Psychotherapist, (first accredited)1996;
UKCP Reg. Psychotherapist, 1996;
MSc Psychotherapy, 1996 (Metanoia Institute)
Certified Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist 1996;
Dip Alcohol Couns & Consultation, 1987;
Supervising Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy), 2003;
MBACP Senior Accred. Supervisor (Individuals), 2002
Diploma in Casework Supervision 2002
Experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist 1988-present:
20,000 client hours (approx.)
Experience as a supervisor (Includes both supervision of supervision and clinical supervision) 1997- present: 16,000 hours (approx.)
Private Practice: Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer full time 2003-present
Psychotherapist (part time) 1996-2003
Counsellor (part time) 1989-1996
Clinical Supervisor (part time) 1997-2003
Senior psychotherapist (part time) Survivors of Child Abuse 1996-2003
Psychotherapist (part time) London Borough of Hounslow 1993-1996
Social Services Department
Student Counsellor (part time) St. Mary’s University College 1995-1996
University of Surrey
Counsellor Turning Point Ltd. 1990-1993
Bedford Centre Alcohol Project
Counsellor Turning Point Ltd. 1988-1990
Davies Centre Alcohol Project
Counsellor (unpaid) City and Hackney Alcohol 1986-1987
Counselling Service, London
Residential Support Worker United Kingdom Housing Trust 1984-1988
Arlington House, Camden Town London
Accredited register membership
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
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
Individuals £55.00 per 50 minute session
Couples £85.00 per 75 minute session (recommended)
In my terms and conditions I ask for 7 days' notice to cancel or change an appointment.
If you decide to end therapy with me I ask that you meet for at least one or two further sessions to discuss your decision.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer appointments between 8am and 6:30pm on most weekdays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Supervisor Qualifications and Accreditations:.View supervision profile