Neil Dowsland MBACP
Feeling low in mood or anxious are things that most people experience, but when these carry on for long periods of time, it can start to affect other areas of our lives and cause emotional difficulties. You may notice recurring patterns which are unwanted, distressing or destructive and feel conflicted or confused. This may be in response to difficult recent events, but often, the reasons why we react or respond in certain ways are influenced by our early experiences and relationships.
Family and friends can be a great source of support during difficult times, but with the best intentions, they often offer a series of solutions to make problems ‘go away’ which can limit exploration of the causes, which are often unknown. It is also common for us to be reluctant to ‘burden others’, we may struggle to be truly honest with those closest to us or they may be linked with the problem itself.
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; allowing you to arrive at your own solutions.
My name is Neil and I am a qualified integrative counsellor with experience of working within the NHS and other ‘talking therapy’ services with both adults and young people. As an integrative counsellor, I use different methods to help you better understand your difficulties by tailoring my approach specific to your needs and working with you to improve your wellbeing.
Depending on your needs; I offer short-term or long-term therapy and I am based in Bingley, West Yorkshire.
I hold an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Certificate (DBS), I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to their ethical framework and code of conduct 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.
I have a keen interest in the patterns or behaviours that we continue to ‘play out’ throughout our lives, often destructive and restrictive, and the reasons why these continue to occur.
- Higher Education Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy, Leeds Metropolitan 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
I believe that it is important for you to find a therapist that you feel comfortable with, for this reason I offer an initial telephone appointment at no charge. Along with helping me to understand the challenges you face, this will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about counselling. If we choose to continue we will arrange an initial face-to-face meeting.
- 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|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|