Desmond Lewis PDDip MBACP
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). My role as a counsellor is to provide the opportunity for you to explore, discover and clarify ways of living a more satisfying, and resourceful life. As a counsellor, I provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment for your growth.
As an Independent Counsellor, I have experience in many areas of counselling including relationships, sexual abuse, addiction, anxiety and depression, self-esteem.
Emotional problems and stress can affect any one at any time. You may need help to understand how past experiences and worries about future or lack of confidence may be affecting your life.
My theoretical approach is Person-Centred; however, I am able to utilise a range of approaches when assessing client’s. I have found it necessary at times to use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to help motivate clients I work with. This can help solve problems concerning dysfunctional emotions, behaviours and cognitions that change the way a person thinks and how the thinking pattern changes the behaviour in the individual. This approach is a goal-oriented procedure.
I believe in treating hidden issues and invisible scars that go untreated. My interventions bring healing and restoration into lives of hurting people, unearthing unmentionable topics and offering practical and spiritual solutions to life's toughest questions.
My main approach is to uncover your internal locus evaluation. This means encouraging you to trust and value your view of self. Many individuals tend to have an underlying negative view of self-imposed on from childhood, adulthood or both. This is called an external locus evaluation. This occurs when we are over-reliant on the views of others. Self-hate, self-acceptance can all originate from being told that you are not good enough, need to do things according to parents, society or significant others.
In many cases there are many layers to pull away. I have worked successfully with several individuals to shift their focus from an external locus of control to internal locus of control. Many of my clients experience an emerging sense of freedom, of self-worth and self-reliance. Old issues begin to dissipation and a sense of peace settles.
My vision is to help people with long or short-term, deep-seated or underlying issues which affect their day to day lives, through counselling.
All prospective clients are offered a mutual contract between 3-6 weeks to decide which feels suitable to both parties. This gives both the client and the counsellor the opportunity to build a working alliance which includes offering feedback of how we feel about the session.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 2019
- Bereavement 2019
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency 2017
- Mindfulness 2013
- Solution-focused brief therapy 2010
- Working with Diversity 2010
- Dip Counselling, 2005
- Cert Counselling, 2004
- Substance Misuse and Mental Health 2003
- Working with groups in addiction treatment, 2003
- Cert Counselling Skills, 2002;
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Reduce distress, and also repair emotional damage and enhance emotional health.
Identify clients strengths, weaknesses in order to promote liberty, growth and dignity.
Experiencing major life changes (redundancy, children leaving home, divorce/separation, new career, etc.)
- Free initial consultation
- Fee scale: £50
- Special offers for students
- I offer limited spaces for those with low incomes
Click the link below and you will be able to book in your session.
If you have any queries, please click on the 'email me' button and a member of staff will respond to you within 48 hours.
As a member of the BACP, I adhere to the BACP ethical framework for good practice. I undertake regular supervision which helps ensure therapeutic standards are maintained. All clients are entitled to good standards of practice and care from their practitioners in counselling and psychotherapy. Good quality of care requires competently delivered services that meet the clients needs by practitioners who are appropriately supported and accountable.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Availability Monday - Friday 8am - 9pm Saturday 8am - 1pm
Types of client