Malcolm Couldridge, MA, Dip.Psych. MBACP
07736 939713 / 07736 939713
I am an accredited/registered and experienced psychotherapist and counsellor based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. I provide a safe and confidential space where you can work with me in your own time and at your own pace to resolve personal issues, review coping strategies, change unhelpful patterns of behaviour, increase self-awareness, improve self esteem and learn to live and relate more healthily and more creatively.
Therapeutic work involves listening actively and creatively, supporting you to reflect on your experience and unravel and find expression for thoughts and feelings that can feel stuck, confusing, in a muddle, distressing or disturbing. It can also be a place for looking at immediate issues in a new light.
The way we work will depend on the issues you want to talk about. A key element will be the therapeutic relationship that grows between us. For this to happen successfully, it is important to build a strong sense of trust that whatever you want to talk about will be received and responded to sensitively and productively.
Speaking about difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences is not always easy. Therefore we will work together to support you to talk freely and openly, gain a better, deeper understanding and acceptance of who you are, and find new and more effective ways of responding to personal situations and circumstances that may be unrewarding, unsatisfying and perhaps a cause of distress.
At present, I work one-to-one and offer face-to-face and, in particular circumstances, telephone sessions. I also offer counselling and other support within organisations. Issues I work with include depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement, problems in relationship and anger management. I offer both longer- and shorter-term psychotherapy and we can talk about what approach might be more suitable for you as part of the initial assessment that we will complete together.
If you have any questions or want to find out more, by all means call, email or text me, whichever is best for you.
I look forward to hearing from you and speaking with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA and Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling (2003 - The Minster Centre).
- UKCP Accreditation and Registration.
- Certificate in Telephone Counselling (1992, Childline).
- PTLLS -teaching qualification (2010).
- Parentlink - Parent Training Qualification.
- Psychotherapist and counsellor (current).
- Employee Assistance Programme (brief session work) counsellor (current).
- Trainer - Social Care and Personal Development (current).
- City & Guilds Assessor: National Advocacy Qualification (current).
- Advocacy Supervision and Training (current).
- Mental Health Advocacy (1999-2010).
- Counsellor: London-based Mental Health Counselling Service (2001-08).
- Social care including service management (1980-2006).
- Parentlink Trainer and Group Coordinator (1994-1998).
- Childline Telephone Counsellor (1992-94).
- Social Care: mental health - in-patient and community, learning disabilities, autism, children and adolescents (1980-ongoing).
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Please call for further information or if you have a specific request or concern.
£50 per 50 minute session. Day-time and evening sessions available. Concessions negotiable.
My approach to therapy and counselling is founded in and draws from a rich variety of approaches to human development and relationship and integrates psycho-dynamic, humanistic and other thinking about who we are and how we relate to ourselves and each other. This stems from my experience that no one approach can describe or address the complex nature of who we are and who we can become.
My interest in psychotherapy arises from my own continuing journey of self-discovery, which has included individual and group therapy, over 30 years of experience working with a wide range of different people and settings, and ongoing training and reading.
I have a particular interest in the way that music and film interacts with and impacts on our daily lives.
I also offer training for organisations in a range of social care-related subjects (e.g., working with challenging behaviour and aggression, counselling and listening skills, risk management, introduction to mental health, boundaries and good practice, person-centred planning, Mental Capacity Act/DoLs, effective advocacy), and other areas (e.g., stress management, time management, assertiveness and parenting).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday (evenings), Tuesday (mornings/daytime/evenings), Wednesday (evenings), Thursday (mornings).