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MA, MBACP (Accred)

About me

I am an accredited member of the BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and work from my home in Sarratt near Watford, post code WD3 6BY. I am also a counsellor, assessor and supervisor for Bucks Mind.

I know that it can be difficult to take the first step towards some sort of psychological support and how talking to someone about very personal issues may seem strange. However I will do my best to create an environment where you would be able to talk about anything you need to, and be met with understanding.

By exploring issues or problems, counselling can help to bring the difficulties we suffer into a more realistic and manageable perspective. Counselling is often a very personal journey during which people discover a way forward to a more empowered and effective way of being.

As an individual, your response to the problems you face will be unique to you and counselling or psychotherapy will be focused in an equally unique way, to help you to achieve the goals you want, and make the changes you need.

Stress, anxiety, depression and panic attacks are some of the problems that people seem to suffer so much more nowadays; it may be to do with the way we live our lives or it may be to do with the fact that life is genuinely more difficult than it used to be. Whatever the cause; talking things through with someone who is independent and qualified might bring a clearer perspective and therefore some relief to the problem.

Training, qualifications & experience

2016: MA Counselling and psychotherapy (University of Warwick).
2013: Certificate in CBT (Amersham & Wycombe College).
2012: Certificate in Psychology. (University of Warwick).
2011: Facilitating Therapeutic Groups. (City Lit London).
2009: Advanced Diploma in Clinical Supervision. (University of Warwick).
2009: BACP Accreditation MBACP. (Accred)
2007: Advanced Diploma in C.B.T. Methods for Person Centred Counsellors. (University of Warwick).
2006: Diploma in Person Centred Counselling.
2004: Certificate in Counselling Skills.
2003: Certificate in counselling concepts.

I have undertaken further CBT training at the South London and Maudsley Hospital, and completed the Minfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course with life matters coaching and training.
I am also a UKRCP registered counsellor, and CRB checked.

I have also been published in the BACP divisional magazine – The Independent Practitioner.

My personal approach to counselling follows on from my training which is in both person centred counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy. As someone qualified in both modalities of counselling I can bring different ideas to the problems that clients bring.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

It has been my experience that the difficulties people have to deal with do not always fit neatly under a particular heading. For instance, there might be more than one problem, or perhaps the problem is hard to identify or see clearly, leaving you with emotions that are difficult to understand. It is often at times like this that talking to someone independent, who will not judge or criticise will be helpful.

For some people it is the exploration of the problem that leads to a clearer understanding and then to the discovery of a solution. For others there may no recognisable “problem” just an unfocused feeling that is the cause of unhappiness, anger frustration or some other negative response. If that is the case, then it might be helpful to give yourself the time to talk about your thoughts and feelings and where they are coming from. Expressing your thoughts and feelings to another person can lead to a clearer understanding of the things that may be at the root of the way you feel.

Fees

Additional information

The first session is one where we can talk things over and you will be able to decide if I am the right person for you. So, because at this early stage neither of us know how things are going to go between us, I only ask a fee of: -

£20 for the first meeting, and then if you decide to continue with counselling the fee would be:-

£40 per 60 minute session.

When I work

Daytime, evening and weekend appointments available. Please call 01923 262725 or email tony@pentagramcounselling.co.uk for details.

Further information

I offer counselling and psychotherapy to people from the age of 18 or over.
If you think that counselling might be for you then please phone me on 01923 262725
or e-mail tony@pentagramcounselling.co.uk we can then talk about what you hope for from counselling and think about the best way forward for you.

If you would like more information please don't hesitate to get in touch
or visit my website at: -

www.pentagramcounselling.co.uk

Sarratt, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

In person

During 2009 I completed the Certificate and advanced Diploma in Counsellor Supervision at the University of Warwick and now supervise trainee and experienced counsellors.

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