Martin Longhurst MSc Systemic Psychotherapist/Family Therapist
01726 858 758
I am a Systemic Psychotherapist. I gained a Master of Science degree in Systemic Therapy in 1998. I have over 40 years experience of working with families, couples, individuals, children, adolescents and organisations. I have worked in Social Service, Educational and Child and Adolescent Mental Health fields.
Please feel free to telephone me, or email f you have any enquiries or questions.
A systemic approach explores the networks of significant relationships of which each individual is a part, considering the beliefs that give meaning to people's actions and the communication patterns between people as they interact with each other and each others ideas.
A particular strength of a systemic approach is that all beliefs and ideas have a place to be acknowledged, which gives opportunities for all involved to make use of these, or choose not too. A systemic approach also allows me to give fully of all my training and experience. I am therefore able to incorporate a myriad of psychotherapeutic approaches, methods and techniques into my practice, including the psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, group analytic and solution focused.
I am also trained in the use of appreciative enquiry, and have particular experience and practical abilities within the context of attachment process and pattern, which is relevant to my practice of family therapy and in the involvement of children and adolescents in that practice.
I have specialist skills in regards to children and adolescents.
I have many years of experience in working with individuals and couples. A systemic approach is often experienced as of high value to individuals and couples, in that as much attention is given to communicative patterns within relationships as to the individuals involved. One could say that I am as interested in supporting the development of communicative patterns that enhance life and relationships as I am in helping people to create change.
I approach my work with an ability to both work briefly and in the longer term, together with a desire to jointly create benefits that will last.
I am cleared by the Disclosure and Barring Service to work with all vulnerable groups, including children, young people and the elderly.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Master of Science Degree in Systemic Therapy.
I have 12 years experience within the field of Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
I have 18 years experience in the field of Social Service.
I have 10 years experience of working in Schools.
I also have experience of designing and delivering teaching, training and consultancy to organisations.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work related stress
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I charge a basic fee of £40 per hour.
I can negotiate fees and offer special rates to the unemployed, and for group work.
Organisational teaching, training and consultancy costs £100 per hour, or £500 per day.
"He is almost a different child in respect of how he manages his anxiety."
"Your calm, friendly and professional manner made it easy for us to talk in an open and honest way, which has really helped us to be able to work through, understand and deal with the many different challenges we have faced."
"You helping us help him was invaluable."
Quotes published with permission
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer appointments throughout the week, including evening and weekend appointments. Home visits can be arranged.