Steve Briggs BACP Accred, UKRCP Reg, BSc Hons, BA
I am an experienced and qualified Psychotherapist with an Advanced Diploma in Client Centred Counselling who has an ongoing commitment to training and Personal Growth. I respect the BACP codes of ethics. I have worked for many years, with adults and young people in Private Practice, the Voluntary Sector and as a Counsellor within the NHS Primary Care Service. I work creatively in a way that suits each individual.
My intention is to listen, understand and to help you come to greater understanding of your unique world, your circumstances and how you can move forward. I believe in the uniqueness of each individual; having a deep personal commitment to all aspects of equal opportunity and a respect for diversity.
How Counselling can help
Client centred counselling is a warm, caring approach to problem solving and healing. This way of working is gentle and non-judgmental, supportive but deeply effective; most often bringing about lasting and positive results.
It can be difficult for people to express themselves openly to those closest to them. I offer a safe place to explore and talk in confidence knowing that what you say and feel will be respected.
You may be troubled by something in the past or present. The way you feel may interfere with your everyday life and relationships, stopping you reaching your full potential. Be who you really are. Counselling can resolve traumatic past events and help you gain greater self awareness, resilience and self worth.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma Person Centred Counselling (BACP Accred Course)
Diploma in Counselling Level III
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
BSc Hons (Majoring Social History)
BA (Majoring Health Studies)
Diploma Health & Social Welfare
Diploma Applied Social Science
Long established private practice working with individuals and couples
NHS Primary Care Counsellor
Creator and facilitator of Training Programmes including; basic counselling skills, confidence and assertiveness workshops and sexuality and gender issues
Therapeutic work in secure unit for young offenders
Young persons advocacy/family group conferencing
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Suicide, Confidence & Assertiveness
My fees For individuals are £45.00 for a one session and for couples counselling £65.00 for a one hour session.
I have ground floor premises with disabled access.
please visit my website www.stevebriggs.org for my information
If you would like more information about me please visit my website: Steve Briggs
Life sometimes takes a turn that you are not expecting, and mine did just that. I thought I could deal with it on my own and then I cracked. I was recommended counselling but was quite sceptical about the whole process, but I felt I had nothing else to lose. It was nothing like I imagined and I am so glad to have taken that first step. Having someone have the time to listen to you and never judge you was very comforting. For the first time in a long time I felt huge relief at getting my problems out there and started to understand ways of accepting them and dealing with them. Steve was very good at making me do the work to find my own answers, but it helped me to find myself again.
Since my therapy finished I have had other traumas in my life and am now not afraid of asking for help to deal with them. I can't thank Steve enough for his time, patience and most importantly helping me to feel like me again".
Katy Sexton MBE British international athlete / swimmer - used with kind permission
I wanted to say thank you for helping me get back on track. as you know i was very dubious about the whole counselling thing but my girlfriend gave me a choice, get my anger sorted or we were over. I thought counselling would be a load of touchy feely rubbish but im so glad i came. your down to earth straight talking and sense of humour is great and now I even miss coming! its also great to know I can always come back for a top up if ever I needed it. everybody can see a positive change in me and I'm not ashamed to tell people I've had counselling and how much its helped me. thanks again."
We both wanted to let you know that a year on we are still together and in fact our relationship is stronger than ever and its no exageration to say that without counselling we would not be together now. you not only helped us as a couple but helped us to re discover ourselves as individuals. we both appreciated your open and frank approach and your sense of humour and both of us now actually miss our sessions. Thank you.
J and W. M
"I have been Steve's client for 2 years during my son's terminal illness and subsequent death. Steve throughout has been sensitive, empathic and caring. Having lost my only son at 24 years of age my counselling sessions with Steve have supported me through dark days and total heartbreak. Steve's professionalism, gentle challenges and consistency have helped me to somehow move forward towards the light."
"Hi Steve, I just wanted to get in touch to thank you for all your help and support during my time in counselling. I had no idea what to expect and was very nervous, but you soon put me at ease. You made me feel very comfortable and this allowed me to voice all the worries and stress that I had bottled up for a long time. You helped me to discover for myself what was causing all my stress and anxiety and how to deal with it in my own way. You did not judge me or try to tell me what I should do, but let me use you as a sounding board and then make my own decisions. I feel that I know myself better and am a more rounded and confident person since coming for counselling with you! Thank you again for everything. Best wishes"
I just wanted to say thank you for the help I've had from you in my counselling sessions. The understanding and empathy you have shown to me through my difficult times have made an enormous difference. You have a way of seeming to understand what I have been feeling and I felt very relaxed in your company and able to tell you my innermost thoughts without judgement. Thank you.
I thought I would drop you a line of thanks as my life has moved into a different phase. I am now comfortable with being happy for the first time in a long time. Our counselling sessions are largely responsible for making me more open to happiness.
We both know I will never fully recover from the tragic blow dealt to me but I am finding ways of living with it. I hope all is well with you. Please feel free to share this message for others to read if it will serve any useful purpose.
"When I began working with a counsellor I realised very quickly, that the majority of my problems stemmed from a deep rooted lack of self-esteem, and this was causing self destructive behaviour, including alcohol and substance abuse.
Understanding this enabled me to begin to challenge my own behaviour and thought patterns and to realise that I do have worth.
This is a long and at times painful process, but one ultimately leading to a fuller life, and a life lived less fearfully."
I just wanted to send you a quick e-mail to say thanks for all the help so far. Our sessions are so useful. So far they have helped me realize what I've needed to realize and have been thinking about for a long time. It was time to face up to it too. Knowing what I know now from our sessions, it's all a great realization. Thank you for your help Steve."
"Steve thanks for all your exceptional support through the difficult times. Keep doing things your way. It works."
"Steve I want to thank you for helping me face and come to terms with some painful past issues and and start living so much more at peace in the present. Your warmth and sense of humour will always stay with me, thank you so much."
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime, evening and some weekend appointments available
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|