Jeremy Boughey, PG Dip, Cert; MBACP, MSC Health Care Policy & Management
'Banish The Crows' Counselling Psychotherapy
St. James House
'Banish the Crows' Counselling Psychotherapy provides a safe, therapeutic space to explore and be at ease with your past, recognise your present situation, and aspire to a different, better future that is free of emotionally and psychologically limiting impediments. An independent practice, Banish the Crows is the practice of Jeremy Boughey, an experienced, credible therapist with over twenty-five years experience of working with and being passionate about people and their emotional, psychological, and mental health and well-being.
Qualifying in 2017, I am an integrative counsellor psychotherapist. Integrative therapy is a combined approach to counselling and psychotherapy that brings together different therapy styles. Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. The most common type of integration is where the therapist has a solid grounding in one theoretical approach that is accompanied by a willingness to carefully incorporate techniques from other therapeutic approaches.
My grounded style operates from the belief that the inner conflict, within a person, is due to that individual's confrontation with the givens of their existence and their relationship with life, their lived experience and ultimately, their death. My work is based on the idea that we are strongly motivated, as human beings, to live purposefully and meaningfully, and that we find meaning in life as a result of responding authentically and humanely to life's challenges. In this sense, I believe that:
- Life has meaning under all circumstances, even the most challenging and miserable ones.
- Our main motivation for living is our will to find meaning in our life.
- We have freedom to find meaning in what we do, and what we experience, or at least in the stance we take.
- Sometimes we need guided help and support to address these concepts and to understand the guilt, suffering or exposure to death or the threat to our living that often precludes our 'existential crisis'.
My style incorporates a dynamic, analytical method and is used to help the person discover ‘clues’ to their unease and distress and to then consider alternative ways of viewing and overcoming their current struggle in locating meaning in life. This style might be described as an 'existential-analytic' model but is also consistent with the principles of a model of (existential) counselling psychotherapy called 'logotherapy'. I believe that this model lends itself well to working creatively with all aspects of human experience – whatever the therapeutic needs or problem(s) being faced by the person, regardless of their age or stage of life.
Consistent with this, I do not claim to be a specialist in working with particular individuals or specific problems. Instead, I believe that I possess the credentials, confidence, and belief in myself and most importantly, others, to work with all people and any problem or issue that they experience. Later in my profile I provide a 'check list' of various difficulties and diagnoses that I indicate my ability to work with. Some people find the categorisation of their problem or difficulties helpful - indeed the label is likely to have been attributed by a health care professional as part of a treatment plan. My personal preference, wherever possible, is to attempt to work free of labels and the increasing, over-medicalisation of trauma, identity, and major life events that lead to us experiencing distress in our lives. This is something that my clients are often keen to talk about and will become possible as part of the work that we do together in contextualising the issues that you experience and developing the way forward.
I am currently building my accreditation portfolio to extend my membership with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and will be an accredited member by early 2019.
Me and my values:
I was born in 1963 and grew up in South Cheshire, and later North Staffordshire. I am openly gay in my professional as well as my personal life and hold progressive views about life and our identities, promoting a liberal, positive view of difference and diversity in our society and our cultures. My counselling is LGBT+ affirmative, which means I will fully accept your sexual and gender identity, whatever it may be and however fluid, and do not view these essential parts of who you are as characteristics that need treating or changing.
I live with my partner and our dog in the North Staffordshire area, enjoy music and the arts, and write poetry - when I am driven to, as part of my own personal development process, and plan to publish a volume of reflexive verse in 2018.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as an integrative counsellor psychotherapist in 2017.
My formal studies spanned three years and were completed at Staffordshire University. My qualification is a postgraduate diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling. I was awarded a Professional Distinction overall and my academic tutors awarded me Best Performance on a Counselling Psychotherapy Award in my first and final years of training.
As part of my training and portfolio submission to the BACP I have provided extensive counselling psychotherapy through an NHS placement (2015 – 2017).
Prior to commencing my counselling psychotherapy training in 2013, I graduated with a Masters Degree in health care policy and management (Birmingham, 2010), achieving a merit overall and I was awarded a distinction for my academic dissertation.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD):
As part of my professional registration with the BACP I am required to participate and evidence continuing professional development (CPD). CPD is about therapists and other professionals working in care settings demonstrating their commitment to 'lifelong learning'. This can be about formal training or training updates in particular areas of therapy practice but learning can also take place through a wide-range of activities in various contexts, and may include experiential learning activities.
My most recent CPD includes:
- Introduction to Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). June, 2017 (Paul Morland, Ch. Counselling Psychologist; BPS, Keele University).
- “Oedipus is Alive and Well!” - facilitated by Professor Michael Jacobs. May, 2017 (Mindsite, Stockport).
- Existential Psychotherapy and Uncertainty - facilitated by Professor Ernesto Spinelli. March, 2017 (Mindsite, Stockport).
- Working with Deliberate Self Harm from a Cognitive Behavioural Perspective. February, 2017 (SDS Seminars, London).
- A Disorder for Everyone! Exploring the Culture of Psychiatric Diagnosis and the Implications for Practice - facilitated by Dr Lucy Johnstone, Clinical Psychologist. October, 2016 (Jo Watson Training Counselling and Psychotherapists).
- Introduction to Existential Therapy. September, 2016 (The Existential Academy - New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, London).
- Introduction to Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. April, 2016 (SDS Seminars, Manchester).
I have over twenty-five years experience of working with emotional, psychological and mental health and well-being. I have worked in a variety of roles in a range of settings and my commitment and passion for 'the person' has always been a consistent factor - something that I am known for amongst my clients, peers, colleagues, friends, and associates.
During this time I have led on clinical quality and clinical effectiveness, as well as developing care systems in a National Health Service (NHS) setting (1990 - 2007). Some of this work has been collaborative, at a national level, as well as local, in the Staffordshire area. I have experience of managing specialist mental health services in a large local NHS mental health trust. Services included psychotherapy, liaison psychiatry - a branch of psychiatry that specialises in the consultative interface between general medicine and psychiatry; neuropsychiatry and acquired brain injury; perinatal mental health care, and addiction services.
Since leaving the NHS in 2007, I have managed an independent, mental health training enterprise (2007 - 2012), and then through a local advocacy charity, I coordinated the independent mental health advocacy (IMHA) service in Staffordshire for patients detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act, including working directly with patients, as an IMHA (2012 - 2014). At the time of setting up 'Banish the Crows', I continue to work on a part-time basis in higher education as part of the counselling and mental health service at Keele University (2014 - present).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am experienced in working with people of all ages who experience difficult thoughts about continuing with their life, as well as people who take serious risks with their health and wellbeing as an expression of their existential distress.
Family, friends, and significant others of people experiencing these thoughts, feelings, and behaviours experience their own distress and discomfort and can be helped through counselling psychotherapy in their caring and supportive role.
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I charge £48 per 60-minute session. However, do feel free to negotiate with me if you have circumstances that challenge your ability to pay the full amount. I will do my best to accommodate your request.
I offer a limited number of optional, one-off, 30-minute consultation sessions; free of charge, to enable potential clients to meet with me and get a sense of who I am, how I work, and the place that I work from. I believe that this can be helpful for the person when they are gauging whether I am the person that they can and want to work with to address their current difficulties.
A lower rate is available for volume bookings, and this may be a useful and beneficial arrangement for you once you have developed a sense of value in the therapeutic relationship and the work we start to do together. Please feel that you can talk to me about these options at any time.
Session payments are taken on the day at the end of the session via cash, cheque, or bank transfer (BACS) if you bank online. I will provide you with banking details if you decide to pay by BACS and a receipt or an invoice if and when these are required.
Currently, I am not registered for private health insurance schemes.
My practice is situated within St. James House Enterprise Centre, a smart, fully serviced and comfortable setting in Longton, one of Stoke-on-Trent's five towns. The centre provides toilet facilities, two waiting areas, and is disability compliant. My consulting room is on the ground floor. There is ample, free parking available for those travelling by car. Longton Bus Station is also a 15 minute walk to and from St. James House.
I provide a 60 rather than 50 minute session and you will be welcomed with an optional hot or cold drink and comfortable surroundings.
The serviced reception area is accessible between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. In the evenings and at weekend periods there is a secure entrance, which is accessible from the rear car park and uses an intercom system.
Directions and a further selection of photographs of my consulting room, and St. James House are available on my website*.
*the Banish the Crows website will be accessible from 1 September.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am routinely available for sessional work and consultations on Tuesday afternoons, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.
Types of client