Geoff T Cox MA MBACP (Accred)
The most important element of counselling is the therapeutic relationship - i.e. the one between the counsellor and the client. I hope the following will give some insight into me and the way I work. It may appeal to you or it may not. If you would like more information I would be delighted to have a chat either over the phone, or at my place of work in Cookley at no cost and with no obligation, before you make a decision.
I aim through deep understanding, empathy, expertise and the development of a unique therapeutic relationship to assist clients achieve the empowerment they may seek to enjoy a more fulfilling life. I offer the opportunity to discuss whatever issue is disturbing them in complete confidence.
I am an experienced and committed educator and counsellor with over 40 years experience in facilitating others to make the most of their aspirations and talents. This includes 20 years direct experience in the provision of therapy in a variety of contexts.
As a person-centred counsellor I am non-judgmental and offer unconditional positive regard to all. I believe that each of us has all the answers we are seeking within our self - we may just need someone who is not emotionally involved and who knows nothing about us, other than what we choose to disclose, to help discover them. I am non-directive and encourage clients to realise and appreciate the choices available to them and to choose the one which is in their best interest. This invariably leads to the enhancement of self-awareness and personal development.
In addition to working with clients of all ages who have issues they wish to resolve or I also enjoy working with those purely seeking greater self-awareness and personal development.
I work with couples experiencing relationship difficulties this can be in a person centred way or, as a Prepare-Enrich facilitator I can offer a programme which helps couples prepare for marriage, living together or, if married or in a long term relationship, the enrichment of their relationship by taking stock of their strengths and weaknesses. With help couples are able to develop skills which are key to any relationship. Completion of a well-researched inventory gives a snapshot of a relationship then, by working with me, couples can build on their strengths and learn skills to help improve areas which present more of a challenge.
Face to Face or Online
I work face-to-face and online. If you live in the West Midlands/Worcestershire area you may wish to make an appointment to see me in Cookley or, especially if you do not live nearby, you may prefer to meet me online. Online counselling is conducted via Hushmail encrypted emails at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hushmail is a free service. Being encrypted it ensures confidentiality in email exchanges and it allows all messages to be retained in a secure place, safe from anyone else who may use the same computer or, you may wish to use Skype with or without video.
I also work using ProReal (I am a member of the ProReal Executive Coaching team (see www.ProReal.co.uk) which, with the use of avatars in the ProReal 'world', enables clients to create scenarios in which to explore their issues. This is a new and exciting way to work and is suitable for clients of all ages.
Comments from clients:
“I have suffered with anxiety in my working and personal life for most of my adult life and was diagnosed with GAD three years ago. Counselling, for me, was a step into the unknown and whilst I appreciated that talking things through with an impartial person could hold benefits for my situation, I felt that it may be an admission of personal failure.
Having attended 6 sessions with Geoff over a number of weeks, my fears could not have been further from the truth. Geoff’s approach is in no way judgemental and allowed me to explore, over my time with him, the reasons behind my worries. There was no ‘silver bullet’ but, by understanding more about the ‘why’, I have been able to understand myself better, forgive myself for my imperfections and put in place my own coping strategies to stay calm and mitigate my feelings of anxiety moving forward.
Thanks Geoff - Matt”
Staff of the Centre of Inclusion of a school:
'A heartfelt thank you, on behalf of the staff and kids, for all your time, care, dedication and kindness. You have brought a little sunshine into so many lives, offered a hand to hold or been a shoulder to lean on, and you will be sorely missed. You arrived a colleague, you leave a true friend.’
A client DW:
'I just wanted to formally thank you for all of your help. I never realised how good counselling could be and will highly recommend it to anybody I meet who would benefit'
A client CO:
‘How can I thank you for your kindness, support and understanding? I don’t think I would be at the point I am now without it.’
A client MD:
‘From a low personal ebb to a higher plain, you have helped me get things back into perspective. I value your innovative thinking, the depth and quality of your understanding, your consummate interpersonal skills and the robustness of your challenge. You have the gift of inspiring trust and delivering excellence with total professionalism and complete integrity. Thank you for all your care and support.'
Paul Stokes, a client
'Thank you for all your fantastic support and encouragement. I know I am in such a different place to when we first met. The counselling has been a great help and I feel I’ve been set on the right path now to travel onwards in a new journey.'
Simon, a client
'I know it’s been a while, things have changed in more ways than I could have imagined - and for much of that I need to thank you.
The sessions, although tough at the time, provided me with an escape, a chance to understand my mind & process information. It also helped me understand what was important to me.
So the journey started at those sessions, and still continues in many ways, however I am in a far better space, more relaxed and ready to accept life.
I have moved jobs to British Wheelchair Basketball, as the Talent Development Officer, basically allowing me to work within the sport I love, combining my passions of my job within Sport Development, along with Basketball. It was less money, but allowed me to do the other element I needed to address, spend more time with the family - so I know get home at around 5.30 each time for family dinner, and the stress levels have dropped markedly.
I have taken time to connect with my family, brother and Uncle (he lost his wife recently with cancer which I supported him through) to talk about my mum, and dad - it was nice to hear that my brother has had similar thoughts, and we are both conscious of connecting with our 'lost uncle and his family'. We are know spending time together at least once a month.
I must thank you for your time and effort, you helped me immensely, which I am eternally grateful. I know I will always miss my parents, but I also know they are proud of what I have achieved, and the person I have become.'
'Thank you for helping me have a happy life
Thank you so much for all you have done for me – I will carry your wisdom always!'
Training, qualifications & experience
Cert. Ed., (Birmingham), Dip. P.E. (Carnegie), Dip PE (Leeds), Cert. Couns. (Coventry), Dip. Couns. (Warwick), Cert. Youth Counselling (The Listening Ear), Cruse - accredited counsellor and supervisor, Online Counselling Skills (OnlineCounsellors.co.uk) MA Counselling Studies (Nottingham)
I am a Prepare-Enrich facilitator working with couples preparing for marriage, building couples relationships and supporting couples in crisis.
In over 20 years of counselling experience, I have worked for voluntary agencies dealing with general issues, Cruse Bereavement Care working with clients who have suffered loss and as a telephone counsellor for an Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) dealing with a wide variety of clients including counselling teachers on the dedicated service for teachers - TeacherLine. I continue to work face to face with clients referred via EAPs. I work privately in Cookley near Kidderminster seeing clients face-to-face, online via Skype or encrypted email.
2016 Business Excellence Awards: Best Online Counselling Service Provider – UK
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Self-awareness and personal development
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Individuals £50 per session Couples £70 per session
Email £50 per exchange
Telephone (Skype - with or without video) - £50 Individuals £70 Couples per one hour session
ProReal £50 per session (Introductory session £40)
Special offers: Book and pay for five sessions in advance and receive one free session.
Concessions can be negotiated for those on low wage, or none, or benefits.
Companies/Organisations and Critical Incident Debriefing by negotiation.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the British Association for the Person Centred Approach (BAPCA), Online Therapy Institute (OTI), the International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO) and the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime and evenings (Mon-Thurs).
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|