Vernon Hartshorne MBACP, ATSAC
01753 670629 / 07932 532609
I have recently returned from working in Thailand and Hong Kong as an addictions therapist. Previously to this, I spent two-and-a-half years working as a Primary Therapist in a well respected residential 12-Step rehab in the UK, where I had the opportunity to work with clients from all walks of life, who have been struggling with a variety of addictions, and the obsessive and compulsive behaviours associated with them; such as sexual compulsivity and pornography, alcohol, drugs, gambling and gaming. I have been privileged to witness the transformation my clients' have achieved and thus I agree with, and work in line with, the World Health Organisation, who recognise that clients need an approach that includes education, therapy and a 12-Step program.
Through my personal journey in counselling, I have developed into a perceptive and empathic counsellor. My own life experiences have taught me to be non-judgemental and to celebrate the uniqueness of every client I have had the privilege of working with. The tools I have picked up working with people experiencing a vast spectrum of emotional and psychological difficulties caused by life experiences, enables me to offer my client’s the best conditions for therapeutic growth; supporting them to change and develop at their own pace.
I have a private practice at the above address where I offer one-to-one counselling and facilitate an on-going open-ended process group for client's with addictions. Furthermore I offer one-to-one and group supervision. This is in a quiet location with plenty of free on-street parking.
I am also qualified to facilitate the 16-week Hall Recovery Programme for male clients wishing to overcome their sexual addiction and compulsivity.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a diploma in person-centred counselling and an ATSAC certificate in sex addiction. I am also trained to facilitate the Hall Recovery Course for males presenting with sex addictions. I have completed a CRUSE-based bereavement counselling course and an introduction to art therapy training and I hold a certificate in counselling supervision completed at the Metanoia Institute. I also regularly attend ongoing professional development workshops.
I am a member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical framework for good practice.
I have many years of experience in 12-step programs (Minnesota model). I have also worked with groups of teenage males in a school setting, and have been a prison counsellor working with male inmates. I have worked with CRUSE as a bereavement counsellor; and volunteered counselling teenagers at a youth counselling agency for several years. More recently I have been working in a private day-hab in Hong Kong.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Relationship issues
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Clients in 12-step programs.
£50 for initial 50 min assessment session
£60 for 1 hour sessions thereafter
(reduction available to trainee counsellors).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Evenings and weekends.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|