Alastair Soutar MA (Couns), Post Grad Diploma (Couns), MBACP (Snr. Accred)
I have over forty years experience of working closely with people who are encountering difficulties in their lives and have been directly involved with counselling since 1997. The most important feature of my counselling approach is the quality of the relationship that I aim to afford my clients; as I believe that within an environment that is nonjudgmental, caring, confidential, supporting and safe, a person may attain natural positive growth.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been trained in an Integrative model of counselling and I continue to maintain professional development. In addition I have also undertaken specialist training with organisations such as CRUSE Bereavement Care, Victim Support, The British Mindfulness Institute etc.
My qualifications are: a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling and a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling; both of which were awarded by Bath Spa University. I also hold a diploma in Parks Inner Child Therapy; a qualification awarded to me by Raworth College, following extensive training undertaken with the innovator of this psychotherapeutic approach Penny Parks.
In addition to my qualifications I am a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy 'Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist' and so I am bound by its ethical framework for good practice and subject to its professional conduct procedure.
I see clients on a one-to-one basis and only work with adults. My clients are either self-referred, referred by their employers (either directly or via an Employee Assistance Provider etc.) and on occasions are people who have been referred directly to me by their specific welfare provider.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Childhood Abuse; Disability/Illness issues etc.
People come to me for counselling for a variety of reasons. For example it may be directly associated with a specific event e.g. bereavement, abuse, illness, divorce, loss etc; or it may arise from a combination of factors, sometimes originating from as far back as early childhood. Whatever their reason (or reasons) the result is the same - a negative effect on their well-being.
My sessions are designed to help a person identify and explore issues that are troubling them; as with a greater awareness and understanding of a situation, so an individual may attain a clearer sense of their personal resources and as a consequence achieve self determined positive change.
The first session with me is free of charge and is offered without obligation; subsequent sessions are charged at £40 per session. Sessions ideally occur on a weekly basis and are 60 minutes in length.
My practice, which has been purpose-built and includes a waiting area and toilet facilities, is located at my home address in Berrow near Burnham on Sea. It is airconditioned and is designed to cater fully for the needs of wheelchair users. The setting is private and peaceful and there is ample off road parking for clients' vehicles; in addition the location is well served by public transport. Being in private practice the service I am able to offer can be tailored to meet each client's individual needs. Daytime and/or evening appointments are available and I provide for both short-term and long-term therapy requirements.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My practice and all facilities (e.g. toilet designed to cater fully for the needs of wheelchair users) are located on the ground floor. Private parking is located directly outside the front door.
I see clients between 9 AM and 7 PM Monday to Friday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|