Peter Gregory MA(Ed), UKCP Registered
The Romney Centre
61 The Avenue
Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital
02380616578 / 07752 866550
Hello and welcome.
I am a psychotherapist with over 15 years experience of providing a range of approaches to help people overcome their difficulties. Having a "tool box" of therapy approaches and techniques has the benefit of potentially helping clients to gain a good understanding of their difficulties and to know how to create change. With this approach, therapy can make sense, will be safe, and sets the scene for clients to talk about life issues.
This builds the therapeutic relationship - essential for a sound basis for therapy. With this, I use specific techniques and approaches to help address difficulties. It is a combination many people find helpful.
I am trained to work with couples and individuals.
For couples and individuals it is important therapy goes at the right speed - not too slow as this can undermine motivation, nor too fast as this can lead to the changes made not being strong enough to stay in place. To help ensure therapy is going at the right pace, I will often review progress after a few sessions - it helps to keep on track and enables clients to see what differences have been made.
The first appointment, what to expect:
The first appointment is an assessment session that gives clients the opportunity to ask questions and talk about difficulties: it is important clients feel comfortable and feel able to discuss issues. Typically, the session starts with me introducing myself, perhaps giving information about my practice and also answering any questions.
Then I will ask questions which give me information as to what clients would like to achieve in therapy and I also gain a picture of the background to difficulties, current and past. In my experience clients often find it helpful to initially focus on resolving current difficulties. Once this is achieved, clients are often more able to cope with the exploration of deeper, and perhaps, more painful, issues.
To try and provide the best service, I am able to work at different levels to suit client needs. This means I can work with current difficulties as well as deeper underlying traits.
I often use mindfulness - an approach using meditation to gain awareness without being judgemental - this, with practice, can help reduce stress, pain, and also improve concentration and self management. Many people find this approach to be helpful. This is used in NHS psychological therapy services.
EMDR: This is a technique that can be very helpful in reducing, or eliminating the effects of intrusive memories i.e. trauma. It is also useful to help those suffering from OCD.
CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy): this is useful to address conditions such as depression and anxiety. It helps people to change negative thoughts, feelings, beliefs and assumptions.
Psychodynamic: Looking at the unconscious processes (or programming) that influence thinking, beliefs and behaviour.
I also see clients at:
Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital
Training, qualifications & experience
MA (Ed): Psychosexual therapy, bereavement and loss, cancer.
Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy
EMDR levels 1 and 2.
I am a UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) registered psychotherapist. UKCP is a body that has high standards of training - the minimum qualification is completion of an approved course with a Masters degree. Registration with UKCP is an important indicator of professional standing.
In addition to being a registered UKCP Psychotherapist I am also Accredited with COSRT (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists).
Both UKCP and COSRT require me to receive regular clinical supervision and undergo annual continued professional development.
I formerly worked in the NHS in the following settings:
1. Psychosexual therapy clinic. Referrals from GPs and psychology services.
2. Fertility treatment clinic (part of GUM).
3. Primary Care - providing psychological therapy to treat a wide variety of conditions including:
depression, anxiety, OCD, bereavement, sexual abuse, trauma.
Consultant Psychotherapist at the Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital.
Senior Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Borderline personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I present workshops on a variety of topics including:
1. Using mindfulness in clinical practice.
2. Bereavement and loss.
3. Psychosocial change and illness.
4. Psychosexual therapy.
5. Couple therapy.
6. Self-preservation for therapists.
7. Thinking about Forgiveness
I provide clinical supervision.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
My hourly (60 minutes) fee for individuals and couples at the Romney Centre, Southampton, and Westbourne, Bournemouth, is £65.00.
My hourly fee at the Wessex Nuffield Hospital is £75.00.
I offer day and evening appointments.
I see clients at
1. The Romney Centre, 61 The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XS. Free parking behind the Romney Centre.
2. Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital
3.2 Clarendon Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH4 8AH
The Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital is just off junction 12 of the M3. Free parking. Reception area with tea, coffee and water available.
I am listed with private medical health insurers as a provider of psychotherapy services. Please contact me for further details.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments available during day and evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training