Mervyn Clemmitt MBACP Reg & Snr Accred Psychotherapy, Counselling & Supervision
Thank you for taking the time to view my profile. I hope the information provided gives you a sense of who I am as a therapist, how I work and that it helps you to make, what is, a very important decision – your choice of psychotherapist/counsellor. I understand that at a time when you may be experiencing real difficulties in your life this can be a daunting task but you need to be able to ensure that the decision you make is a good one and the right one for you.
Professional Practice – I am a fully qualified, experienced, registered (No 11877) and senior accredited professional practitioner offering psychotherapy and counselling. I work within the Ethical Framework for Good Practice of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. This means that the service I provide is confidential and that I consult with a professional supervisor in relation to my work as a therapist.
Psychotherapy and Counselling are 'talking therapies' which aim to help people with a wide variety of difficulties, such as those listed below (don’t worry if your particular concern is not included as it is not an exhaustive list), ranging from mild and temporary to severe and life long.
My View of Psychotherapy and Counselling - Therapy is a collaborative process involving the counsellor and client forming a boundaried therapeutic relationship and working together on the client's difficulties. The therapist uses their skills, knowledge, personal qualities and experience to help the client. The client, in addition to bringing their difficulties, also brings their own range of experience, knowledge and resources, all of which form the basis for progress and change. I firmly believe that every individual is unique and that, despite their difficulties, with the help of therapy, they can grow and change in the areas most important to them.
My Approach to Therapy - Theoretically I am an integrative practitioner combining elements of psychodynamic, person centred and cognitive approaches which I deploy in a flexible way in order to meet individual client needs. I am also able to work with, and greatly value, the concept of the 'inner child' which involves the idea that younger parts of us are active in, and effect, how we are able to be in the present as adults.
My Approach to my Clients - That as a client you should be heard, treated with respect, be the focus of the therapy and be met as a unique person rather than as a subject for treatment or as a collection of symptoms. I will acknowledge and work with your thoughts, emotions and actions, as all can be affected, and recognise that difficulties can relate to your past, present or your concerns for the future.
My way of Working - I have an explorative, conversational style which encourages open and honest dialogue. This, coupled with helping my clients to connect with and express their emotions, promotes meaning and purpose in the therapy, which in turn, facilitates personal growth and insight whilst also genuinely addressing the difficulties brought to therapy. I offer a good balance between support and challenge and believe that my way of working involves a powerfully healing process which has been transformational for many of my clients.
What you might gain from having therapy with me - undertaking psychotherapy or counselling represents an investment in yourself in terms of time, effort and money and you need to know that this investment is likely to be worthwhile. Although there may be many factors that might influence and guide your choice of therapist there are two interconnected ones that stand out as particularly important to me. These are the quality of the therapy you receive and, consequently, the gains you are likely to achieve. Judging this at the outset is no easy matter so I list below what I provide and some of the benefits my clients have actually and regularly gained:
- A safe, confidential, non-judgemental space to talk about your difficulties
- A thorough exploration of the origins and effects of your difficulties
- A greater understanding and awareness of the difficulties
- A space to explore and experience your emotions and feelings
- Experience of a positive and boundaried therapeutic relationship
- An environment where there is a good balance between support and challenge
In addition to working on your specific difficulties and goals I would hope, and it is possible, (but not guaranteed*) that by the end of your therapy (depending on the length and depth of the work undertaken and the nature of your difficulties) you could:
- Have at least partial resolution of your difficulties
- Subjectively feel better
- Objectively be better
- Have an improved capacity to function
- Experience a greater sense of control in your life
- Have an improved capacity to make beneficial decisions and choices
- Have new insights about yourself
- Have improved your understanding of others and your relationships with them
- Have increased self-esteem and a greater sense of empowerment and autonomy
- Have greater self-acceptance
* Many of my previous clients have shown improvements in some or all of the above areas.
Training, qualifications & experience
Degree in Psychology BSc (hons) 1984
Certificate of Qualification in Social Work 1986
Certificate in Counselling 2001
Certificate in Bereavement Counselling 2001
Graduate Diploma in Counselling (a BACP Accredited Course) 2003
MA in Counselling 2005
Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision 2011
I am committed to my continuing professional development through regular training and have undertaken numerous courses, workshops and other learning activities e.g. NHS IAPT Training in Counselling for Depression.
Since beginning my work with clients in 2001 I have had extensive experience of working with people from all sections of society, covering a wide age range, who have been experiencing single or multiple difficulties. I have also worked with clients from a number of religious and ethnic backgrounds.
Accredited register membership
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
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic 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
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Other Specific Issues - Abuse from Childhood, Developmental Issues , Dissociation, Employment and Work, Flashbacks, Jealousy and Envy, Losses other than bereavement, Mental Health Difficulties and Psychosomatic Issues (i.e. psychological and emotional distress experienced and expressed through the body).
Non-Specific and Existential Issues- As a therapist I have worked with both men and women whose difficulties were clearly identified, such as those listed above. However, I have also worked with people whose problems were less well-defined, such as unhappiness, general dissatisfaction with life, feelings of emptiness or confusion, feeling distant or separate from life or others, or simply feeling different.
Sessions are weekly, last for 50 minutes and cost £55.
I work face to face with individual adult (18+) clients on a short or long-term basis and offer evening sessions.
I have worked as a qualified practitioner since 2003 and have worked in the NHS and currently work exclusively in private practise. I also have experience of working in mental health counselling and therapy services, in a general counselling service, as a staff counsellor in an occupational health service in the NHS, in employee assistance programmes and in a charity working with bereaved people.
I have been an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) since 2006 and attained Senior Accredited status with them in April 2013. This means that the largest counselling and psychotherapy organization in the UK deemed my practice on initial accreditation to be both "competent and safe" and now further recognises that I am "...an experienced, mature and accomplished practitioner".
My name was entered on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists in 2013. This Register is approved and quality assured by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care and “...this new safeguard provides a vital standard of service to help people select the very best counsellor or psychotherapist for them”.
I practise in Horsforth, Leeds.
If you wish to work with me, or discuss the possibility of working with me, please contact me (it is important that you leave a contact number so I can respond to you quickly) by using the email facility provided by the Counselling Directory at the top of my profile (or below) or contact me directly via my website: www.lpctherapy.bacp.co.uk If you wish to proceed we can then arrange an initial appointment; the aim of which is to find out more about you, the difficulties you are experiencing, whether counselling might help you and for us to decide whether to work together. A regular time and day for your sessions and a start date can then be arranged.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Eariest session 1.00 pm - Latest session 8.00 pm Monday and Tuesday. Plus some daytime availability for supervision
Types of client
Supervision & training
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