Kevin Chandler - Registered Member BACP (Snr Accred Counsellor/Psychotherapist)
Since the 1980's I have worked as an individual & couple counsellor/therapist within a variety of settings, including Higher Education, Relate, & Private Practice. For over 20 years I trained and supervised Relate counsellors and for two years served on BACP's Counsellor Accreditation Panel.
In my private practice I see a small number of clients (adult individuals and couples) for both short, and longer term, counselling and psychotherapy. Sessions last a full hour and I see clients at Holmfirth. Should distance or access be a problem I am also happy to see clients via Skype or telephone. Please email me in the first instance to outline your requirements and I shall email you back a copy of my Notes For New Clients. I shall get back to you very quickly and am usually able to offer an initial appointment within days.
Good therapy isn't concerned with papering over the cracks but attempts to get to the very heart of whatever is troubling you. There are no magic wands in life, or in therapy. Good therapy explores the meanings of symptoms for you as a person, and helps you get a better understanding of whatever emotional and relationship problems you might be experiencing. Good therapy won't judge you or tell you what to do and you remain in charge of your life throughout. Good therapy requires effort and commitment from both therapist and client, and the key factor is the quality of relationship between the two parties. You can expect to be treated with respect, find clear & reliable boundaries, and experience jargon-free talk that focuses on what is going on now in your life, as well as an appreciation of the influences of the past. Good therapy addresses and explores difficult and painful issues, but does so with sensitivity to your feelings. A good therapist is alert to how a client's relationship difficulties might be reflected in the therapy relationship itself, and thereby addressed more directly to help you make use of that learning in other areas of your life.
Couple Counselling is more complex and demanding than counselling individuals, and therefore requires specialised training, skills and experience that not all counsellors possess. A good couple counsellor does not take sides, or apportion blame, but helps each individual gain a better understanding of what influences their own, and their partner's, feelings and behaviour. A good couple counsellor also recognises how the relationship dynamic has developed between you, with all its patterns and habits, and will help you explore whether, and how, it might be possible for these to shift. When counselling couples, my primary function is to assist the couple to communicate more effectively and help them gain a deeper understanding of the subtleties and complexities of their relationship. Quite often, improved communication will bring a real benefit to the relationship; although sometimes, of course, such greater openness and honesty can help bring about the ending of the relationship. Couple counselling can also help with a range of sexual problems.
Supervision ~ All counsellors & therapists, however able, well qualified and experienced, are required to have regular professional supervision of their client-work. My supervisor is a trusted and highly experienced colleague, Janet Greenwood, who lives in Hadfield, near Glossop, and it is with her that I discuss and monitor my work.
I provide supervision to several experienced counsellors and therapists who work in a range of settings. Please email me if you are a counsellor/therapist and would like to discuss working with me as your supervisor. (Also, see my Supervisor Profile on this directory)
Training, qualifications & experience
* British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist & Supervisor)
* Member of UK Register of Counsellors
* Relate Certificate in Marital & Couple Counselling
* Relate trained Supervisor of counsellors (BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor)
* Advanced Diploma in Guidance & Counselling (with Distinction)
I have also written extensively about therapy:
* For two years I wrote the monthly IN PRACTICE column in the BACP Professional Journal Therapy Today
* I am the author of LISTENING IN: A Novel Of Therapy & Real Life (published by Accent Press) and the short story: Fifty Minute Hour (published in the Legend Press collection: '8 HOURS')
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship issues
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
Therapy sessions last one hour and fees are £50 for individuals & £60 for couples. Payment is by cheque, cash, BACS, or even by PAYPAL (i.e. I email you an invoice via Paypal enabling you to make an easy and secure online payment using your credit or debit card. You do not even need a Paypal account.)
As you see, I have specified some problems/issues I offer help with, but the real focus of counselling and psychotherapy and is always RELATIONSHIPS...
* a relationship with spouse or partner that is causing you concern
* or how you relate to others e.g. parents, children, siblings, sexual partners, friends, colleagues, authority, neighbours, god, and the meanings of those relationships for you.
* or perhaps the ending of an important relationship through death, rejection, separation or divorce.
* or your relationship with yourself - i.e. how you feel about yourself and the body you inhabit; how well you understand and manage your own feelings and emotions, and how you find meaning in the life you are living.
For your additional reassurance, I have been Advanced CRB checked.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments available Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, from 8 a.m. Please email me via the link on this page and I shall send my Notes for New Clients & offer of an initial appointment.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have worked as a supervisor for 30 years, in Relate, in private practice, and within IAPT Counselling for Depression.View supervision profile