During the Coronavirus pandemic, I am offering counselling online through Zoom.
I am a Person Centred Counsellor and Psychotherapist , with over sixteen years experience in private practice. I see adults, couples and young people from the age of seventeen .Some of the issues I work with include abuse , bereavement , depression , anxiety , stress , relationship difficulties , work related issues and low self esteem. Being a male counsellor a lot a men feel more comfortable working with me , whilst some women may choose to see me specifically because I am a man .
With a vast amount of experience of working with people who are anxious and or depressed, I am able not only to help someone feel less anxious and or depressed , yet I work directly with where those feelings originate, meaning someone can live freely without being encumbered by their feelings . I find a lot of people come to me because they are not satisfied with the IAPT service they received through their GP , and are looking for something more than just learning to cope with their feelings , they therefore come to me because I offer them the opportunity to locate the source of their feelings of anxiety and or depression and through that exploration they learn how they can help themselves.
I have developed expertise in working with people who find that issues from their childhood are impacting upon their adult relationships , they want to find a way to make sense of what happened to them, to find healthy ways to live with themselves and to have more fulfilling relationships . Sometimes people find they keep repeating patterns of behaviour that can be potentially self destructive , that they form relationships that are ultimately unhealthy and potentially harmful , seeing me gives them the opportunity to learn about themselves , can give them insight into their behaviour ,to stop repeating those patterns of behaviour , and gives them the chance to help themselves live more emotionally healthy lives.
If you are finding it hard to continue in your relationship and want to try and make sense of your situation , to be sure of what is right for you , then counselling with me might be just what you need .I work with people to help them either work at their relationship or to decide to leave a relationship .Going through divorce or separation can be a very difficult time , leaving one with a multitude of feelings to try and cope with , whether it is anger , bitterness, regret , rejection, love denied , or just relief, yet what do you do to help you , arranging an appointment with me could be your chance to have the space for you away from any conflict and demands in you life to be able to start putting you first .
I am a Registered Counsellor , as a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I am listed on their register for Counsellors and Psychotherapists . I abide by their ethical framework and meet their criteria for registration .
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Person Centred Rogerian Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Warwick , 2002
- Certificate in in Person Centred Couple Counselling, 2009
- Certificate in Supervision , 2018
- All Issues Core Training in Family Mediation , 2007
- R.S.A Certificate in Counselling in Skills , 1993
- In-service training in Social Care, 1992
I have experience of working in a local Doctors Surgery as Counsellor , at a local University as a Student Counsellor , for Relate as a Children and Young Persons Counsellor and as a Volunteer Counsellor for a Christian counselling service.
Following on from my work with counselling children , until very recently I was a Panel Member on Adoption and Fostering Panels in the West Midlands, this experience has focused me on the needs of children and the parenting they need .
Having trained as a Family Mediator I am fully aware of the impact of separation and divorce on each partner and on children , this experience and knowledge now helps inform my practice with individuals and couples. I am therefore well qualified and experienced when working with individuals and couples contemplating divorce and through the divorce process .
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Education related issues
Inner child work
Critical Incident Debriefing
I am offering a reduced rate of £50 for an one hour online session for individuals .
I charge £55 per session for face to face Individual Counselling and £70 per session for face to face Couple Counselling.
I offer a limited amount of sessions at reduced rates for those on low incomes and students.
Contact me for further information about my charges for families , groups and organisations.
I offer daytime and evening appointments .Please contact me to confirm what time would be best for you .
Prior to training to be a Counsellor , I worked for 12 years for Social Services and the NHS with adults with Learning disability and people with Mental Health issues. I also have experience of working as a Mental Health Advocate within the Mental Health system .
If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact me, either by phone or email.
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