John R. Baker. Adv. Dip. Counselling. MNCS Accredited and Registered.

John R. Baker.  Adv. Dip. Counselling.  MNCS Accredited and Registered.

Whiteley
Fareham
Hampshire
PO15

The Romney Centre
61 The Avenue
Southampton
Hampshire
SO17 1XS

01489 881061

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Whiteley
Fareham
Hampshire
PO15

The Romney Centre
61 The Avenue
Southampton
Hampshire
SO17 1XS

01489 881061

About me

Stressed or struggling? My goal is to help you to deal with difficulties in a constructive way, and to discover ways in which you can improve your quality of life.

I have more than twenty years experience as a counsellor, and offer a safe and confidential environment where you can talk through difficulties, or things that are troubling you. I will work with you in a supportive way, towards helping you understand yourself and your situation better. This can enable you to make changes in the way that you think and feel about your circumstances, and can lead to new choices in the way that you take decisions. And that can help you to change the way you live your life!

Counselling can take place in the short term, or on a long term basis, according your individual needs. You can terminate the arrangement for counselling at any time. Sessions can take place on a weekly basis, or can be arranged as your schedule permits. Appointments are available during the working week, and, subject to availability, some weekday evenings.

I see people in a confidential setting, either at my home in Whiteley, or (at an extra cost) I can book a room at The Romney Centre in Southampton. An initial assessment session will allow you to meet me, and to explore what you would like to achieve in your counselling process. If you decide to go forward with a series of sessions, we will agree how many times we would meet before reviewing the process, and discuss a schedule for your appointments. Your counselling process will be individually tailored to your own needs, and you can end the arrangement at any time.

The following unsolicited comments are from clients who gave me permission to publish them at the end of their counselling process: "I'd like to thank you for your help, and as I say, it has been extremely useful in shaping my perspective on life over the last few months and I feel far more capable of informed logical choices than perhaps I was. So thank you." And "....life is so much more healthy for me now....my relationships are stronger....my finances are healthier...."

Please feel free to telephone me for an informal discussion, if you would like to know more about the service I offer, or if you have any questions that you would like to ask me. I work with a very wide range of issues including stress management, relationship and family issues, depression, addiction, abuse, bereavement, and also personal growth and development.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an experienced Counsellor and Groupworker, having provided counselling in Doctors Surgeries as an independent provider to the National Health Service from 1997 to 2011. I have run a private practice since 1994, working with individuals with a very wide range of issues. I facilitate Drink Drive Rehabilitation courses for a national organisation, and have experience of working in residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation. I have also been an independent provider of Counselling for other organisations, including Social Services.

Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (AEB validated) 1998

Central School of Counselling & Therapy, Centre 13203

Level 2/3 in Theotherapy 1997
Resource Christian Counselling, Havant, Hampshire.

Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy. (AEB validated) 1996
Central School of Counselling & Therapy, Centre 13203

Guildford College Introduction to Groupwork Certificate. 1994
Guildford College of Further & Higher Education, Guildford, Surrey.

Level 1 in Theotherapy. 1994
Resource Christian Counselling, Havant, Hampshire.

R.S.A Certificate in Counselling Skills. 1994
Guildford College of Further & Higher Education, Guildford, Surrey

Professional Memberships Held:

Accredited Member of The National Counselling Society.  Registered on NCS Accredited Register.  http://www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org/counsellors/NCS1300417/

An Accredited Register is the result of a programme set up by the Department of Health, and administered by the Professional Standards Authority. The Authority oversees statutory registers such as the General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council. The National Counselling Society's register is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

The Authority is an independent body, which is accountable to Parliament and is responsible for overseeing the UK's nine health and social care regulatory bodies. The programme was set up by the Department of Health to ensure that the public are able to choose safe, ethical and competent professionals for their health and social care needs.

The Department of Health has offered a new endorsement for the programme, saying in an official statement:

"Patients need to know that health professionals are properly qualified and safe to practise. But statutory regulation is not always the best way to achieve this and in some cases could create costly red tape without making care safer. Health and social care practitioners can now voluntarily apply to join a register which is then independently assessed and approved. We encourage employers and patients to choose practitioners who have done this."

For further information on the Register, see:  http://www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org/our-regulated-status/

or the Professional Standards Authority web site:   http://www.professionalstandards.org.uk 

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Member of:

Hampshire Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Association of Christian Counsellors

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

NCS

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Assertiveness.
Bereavement.
Family relationships and stresses.
Codependence.
Coping with change.
Control issues.
Personal development and direction.
Making sense of your emotions.
Work / life balance.
Stress management.
Goals and goal setting.
Working with partners / relatives / friends of people with addiction problems.
Exploring and working with your inner child.
Understanding and changing patterns in your life.
Sexual preferences and practices, and their effects on relationships.
Loss.

What Is Depression? Let this animation from the World Health Organisation shed some light on it:

Fees

£40.00 per one hour appointment, payable at the appointment, when you see me at Whiteley.  £53.00 if you see me at The Romney Centre, Southampton, to cover the extra cost of the room there.  My fee is also the same in both locations for the initial assessment appointment.  I can accept payment by cash or cheque, but am unable to accept payment by card.

Further information

In private practice since 1994. From December 1997 working as an associate with the Primary Care Counselling Team at St Luke's Surgery, Hedge End, Hampshire. Continuing from May 1999 to provide counselling services as an independent provider to the N.H.S. At Blackthorn Health Centre, Hamble, Hampshire, and Botley Healthcare Centre, Botley, Hampshire until the termination of these services in 2011 as a result of NHS reorganisation.

Serving as a member of the Executive Committee for Hampshire Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy since 2008.

Co-opted on to the Primary Care Mental Health Sub Group of the Local Implementation Team of the Eastleigh & Test Valley South Primary Care Trust from 2004 to 2005.

Previously employed by Alpha House Ltd for four and a half years, from 1994-98, facilitating groupwork and individual counselling for residents within the therapeutic community at Droxford, Hampshire, who were recovering from substance misuse problems. Responsible for court reports, liaising with Probation, Social Services and the Courts and other involved professionals where the needs of clients required this.

Experienced in carrying out assessment interviews with potential clients of Alpha House, both at the Droxford project, and in various prison service establishments. Also involved in presentations to publicise the Alpha programme to groups of professionals at Droxford, and at other locations as far away as Scotland.

Also providing Counselling sessions for clients of Hampshire Social Services with substance misuse problems, and referrals from other organisations as an independent provider.

Previous voluntary experience in pastoral work with students, and on a pastoral counselling team. Also court and client based work as an accredited Voluntary Associate with Surrey Probation and Aftercare Service in the 1980's.

Maps & Directions

Fareham, PO15
Southampton, SO17 1XS

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

Appointments are available during the working week, and, subject to availability, some evenings.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
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