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Hello, my name is Albert E. Phipps
I was the Chair of trustees/directors (I was a trustee for over 8 years) at a local mental health charity called MhIST. I was also a volunteer counsellor (for over 10 years) at MhIST. I am now the chair of the board at a counselling provider called 1point based in Bolton. 1point provide (on behalf of the NHS) around 50% of the therapy services for the people of Bolton. Moreover I am a registered member of the BACP (registration number 54540), you can find information about the register here and a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) registration number 081862.
I was elected to be lead public governor on the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust board (this was a voluntary unpaid position which I held for 3 years). Moreover, I have done work for workplace mental health limited; as in I have written and delivered a two day course on mental health first aid to a group of Teachers at a local school. I have also delivered seventeen two day courses on mental health awareness to approximately 250 staff who work for the Department of Work and Pensions
Similarly for several weeks I was asked to provide therapeutic services to students at The University of Bolton; due to increased demand because of the fire at student accommodation in Bolton.
Prior to 'retirement' I was a Psychology lecturer at the University of Bolton. I worked there for nearly 20 years, during this time I taught and assessed students who wanted to be counselors (helping them develop their therapeutic skills). I have also taught, supervised and assessed students skills on an MSc in applied counselling psychology at The University of Salford. In 2015/16 I was was voted the personal tutor of the year by the students of Bolton University. In 2016 I supervised the clinical practice of two Doctoral students.
In 2020/1/2 I was asked to give four guest lectures to third year students on the counseling and psychology degree at Bolton University. Likewise, I was also asked to give a presentation at the University's abnormal psychology conference.
My professional background and my role as a personal tutor means that I have gained wide ranging experience of providing people (of all ages and backgrounds) with help, advice and support. Therefore it seemed natural that I enhanced my tutorial skills with some training in counselling. Moreover, my academic training/teaching has given me an in-depth knowledge of psychology in general.
I am an integrative therapist meaning I combine several different approaches and I 'apply' them when appropriate. I feel this gives greater flexibility and enables me to adapt my therapy to the needs/circumstances of my clients.
I have a well rounded body of counselling practice (I was a therapist at MhIST for over 10 years). Whilst working at MhIST (and in my private practice) I have supported people from all walks of life. backgrounds and experiences who have presented a wide and diverse range of concerns. This means I have extensive experience of working with anxiety, depression, relationships, phobias, panic, attachment, self-esteem OCD, childhood sexual abuse as well as many other issues. For example, I am trained in Rewind Therapy which is proving to be very helpful for people who have PTSD.
Similarly, I have around 20 years of practical (teaching and supporting students) experience to draw upon. All the above shows I have extensive knowledge and the 'hands on use' of counselling/therapy.
I understand that (for some) seeing a therapist may seem like a daunting experience but I can assure you that you will be treated with respect, empathy and understanding. Moreover, my general life experience means I have a mature, practical and 'down to earth' approach to my work.
To sum up, I am someone who has studied psychology for over 20 years; who has taught and assessed counselling students at under and post graduate levels, and has over 10 years experience of working with clients with a wide range of issues/backgrounds. This coupled with my work as a University lecturer, trustee and NHS governor has given me a wealth of experience, all of which (I feel) helps me to help you. For an independent assessment see below.....
“I am delighted to recommend Albert Phipps’. I have known Albert for several years and know what a positive influence he has been in hundreds of peoples’ lives. I would be happy to have him treat any of my own family! He is respectful, dynamic, experienced, dedicated, thorough, creative and good humoured. He is everything you would expect of a great therapist!
Dr Jerome Carson, Professor of Psychology.
Finally, in order to comply with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations 2018) I am registered (number ZA401488) with the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office). This is a legal requirement and ensures all information I hold about you is dealt with securely/correctly.
How To Contact Me
The best way to get in touch is text, voice mail or e-mail, and I will get back to you within 24 hours. PLEASE NOTE if you leave a voicemail you need to give your phone number if you do not do this I will not (thanks to BT's lousy voicemail system) be able to contact you!
I am now able to conduct sessions online via Zoom or face to face in my home which is a few minutes drive from junction 5 of the M61. This is why I do not charge for missed/cancelled sessions (no room hire to pay for!).
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Essential Supervision Skills (a BPS approved qualification in clinical supervision).
University of Bolton; Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) a masters level qualification.
University of Bolton; Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills. **
University of Bolton; Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts.**
** Validated by ABC.
Bolton Institute of Higher Education*; PGCE for FE and HE (a teaching qualification).
Bolton Institute of Higher Education*; BSc (Hons) Social Psychology (1st class).
*Now the University of Bolton
I am committed to continuing professional development this is reflected in the courses I have attended some of which which are listed below:
From battlefield to street one uniform to another a two day course about PTSD in the uniformed services.
Psychological approaches in the management of psychotic symptoms & the experience of psychosis (provided by NHS Bolton)
Introduction to Mindfulness-based therapies a one day course.
CBT for depression a one day course.
Working with people with mental health and substance misuse problems a two day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Skills based training on risk management certificate (STORM) i.e. self harm and suicidal behaviours, developed by Manchester University, a two day course.
Living with self harm a one day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Introduction to solution focused therapy a one day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Motivational interviewing a two day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
The impact of sexual violence (presented by the manager of St Mary's sexual assault centre Manchester).
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Assessment and treatment of suicidality
Introduction to compassion based therapy a one day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Working with personality disorders (KUF framework) a three day course (with six e-learning modules) provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Working with PTSD the essential guide
Working with military veterans a one day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Single Session Therapy. One At A Time Therapy Presented by Professor Windy Dryden, Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths University of London
Living with hearing voices a one day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Alternative ways of thinking about mental distress. a one day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
The challenges of working with people on line
How to do counselling online: a coronavirus primer; an online course provided by the BACP/Open University
Prolonged exposure therapy for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Rewind therapy with Dr David Muss for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Schema Therapy the basics and beyond
Focused CBT for obsessional problems (OCD) presented by Professor Paul Sakovskis
Domestic violence and mental health
Overall the experience I have gained through supporting and teaching students, providing counselling/therapy within the charitable sector/NHS, and my private work means I am able to help people with a wide variety of issues in a warm and friendly manner.
Finally, I undergo regular supervision from a highly experienced and a former senior university psychology lecturer/accredited therapist; I am also fully insured and DBS (disclosure and barring service) advanced checked.
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
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session
Concessions offered for
In order for you decide if you will be comfortable working with me, we can meet up to talk about issues in general (around 30/40 minutes in duration); this is free of charge and with no obligation. During this session I will provide you with an information to make sure you are fully informed about the services I offer.
The first ‘proper’ session will be between 60 and 90 minutes in length; each subsequent session will be 60 minutes in length. The cost of all individual sessions is £40 payable on the day by cash, cheque or direct bank transfer.
Please note I offer concessions for key workers i.e. people who work for the NHS, Police and Fire Services as well as student therapists please contact me for details.
PLEASE NOTE If you need to cancel an appointment, I require at least 12 hours-notice if this not given 50% of the fee (i.e. £20.00) will be payable.
When I work
PLEASE NOTE I can see clients online via Zoom or face to face, contact me for further details
I have also had experience of working with adult survivors of sexual abuse.
I also have around 20 years experience of providing pastoral care for students e.g. the various emotional issues that can 'crop up' whilst studying.
I am also able to provide supervision for trainee and qualified therapists.
Please contact me for more details about any of these services.