Neil Dowsland - Counsellor: BACP Registered Member
It can be a tough old world; sometimes unfair, confusing or painful. If we don’t fully understand the reasons why we feel, think or behave in certain ways, it can start to affect other areas of our lives and can cause low mood, anxiety or despondency. Difficulties may present themselves in response to recent events or our early experiences and relationships can continue to influence us without our knowledge. You may notice recurring, often destructive, patterns in relationship with others or yourself which are unwanted or confusing.
Family and friends can be a great source of support during difficult times but, even with the best intentions, they sometimes offer a series of solutions to make problems ‘go away’ or give their opinions which can leave you feeling more confused. It is common for us to be reluctant to burden others with our problems, we may struggle to be truly honest with those closest to us, whom may be linked with the problem itself, or find it difficult to voice how we really feel for fear of being judged by others.
Counselling is a supportive process that provides an opportunity for you to explore any difficulties that you may be experiencing in a safe and confidential setting. A counsellor will not make any judgements about you, they will have no expectations of you and will help you to gain intellectual and emotional insight into your situation which can bring clarity, understanding and relief with a renewed sense of direction.
I am a qualified integrative counsellor with experience of working within the NHS and other psychological therapy services with both adults and young people. My approach is relational and I also combine different theoretical models and approaches, depending on your needs, to help you better understand your difficulties and work on improving your well-being; some of these may include elements of humanistic therapies, transactional analysis, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural therapy or sand tray therapy.
I have a keen interest in the patterns or behaviours that we continue to repeat throughout our lives, often destructive and restrictive, and the reasons why these continue to occur.
Short-term or open-ended therapy is available, depending on your needs, and regular reviews will be incorporated.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and am committed to the 'Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions' which ensures safe and professional practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience within the NHS of providing counselling services for adults experiencing a wide variety of psychological problems, as well as several third sector organisations with both adults and young people. My career areas prior to training as a counsellor have been within Children’s Social Care, Adolescent & Adult Criminal Justice, Substance Misuse Services and Youth Offending Services.
- Higher Education Diploma in Relational Counselling and Psychotherapy, Leeds Beckett University (BACP Accredited).
- Certificate in Counselling Studies L3; Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body.
- Certificate in Counselling Skills L2; Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body.
- Drug Issues for Public Health Practitioners L3
- NVQ L3 Health and Social Care – Children and Young People
Certificates and Training
- Sand tray therapy
- Trauma and the body
- Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- ITEP Advanced Psycho-Social Interventions
- Therapeutic crisis intervention
- Solution-focused therapy
- Working with the aftermath of sexual abuse (young people)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
It is important for you to find a counsellor that you feel comfortable with, for this reason an initial telephone appointment will be offered at no charge; this will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about counselling, your concerns can be discussed along with what you hope to gain from counselling.
- Initial telephone consultation; 30 minutes (no obligation) = no charge
- Subsequent counselling sessions; 50 minutes = £40
Cash and card payments accepted.
If I am unable to answer your call; please leave a message and will return your call as soon a I can.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Please contact me for availability
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|