About me

About me:

As a qualified Humanistic and Integrative counsellor, if you choose to work with me I will value your uniqueness, listen to you and witness your story. Through counselling, you can find the way through the challenges you are currently facing by talking openly within a safe and confidential space.

It feels to me that I am privileged to have built up a wealth of experience over more than 25 years of working with and learning from so many people. I have worked with lots of different people in a wide range of voluntary and statutory health and social care settings.

Before counselling adults, my experiences have included working with homeless people, with children and young people, with the elderly, and supporting families under stress.

Since November 2016, I have worked therapeutically with adults who have been experiencing difficulties, including depression, stress, anxiety, relationship worries, abuse, childhood and adult trauma, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, loss, and bereavement.

Whatever people have brought to their sessions, they have found that being listened to, having a safe and confidential space and gaining self-awareness has been a helpful experience for them.

As a counsellor, I have learnt that people value the emotional space to share their fears, wounds and hopes.

As your counsellor, I will not tell you what to do or give you the answers but rather I will 'walk alongside you' without judgement. Metaphorically, as I 'walk alongside you', I may hold up a torch as you explore along an individual path of self discovery. I always aim to work in a way that shows compassion.

Face to Face sessions:

My face to face sessions currently take place in a wonderful practice room in Corsham, which is within easy reach of surrounding areas including Bath, Melksham, Chippenham, Trowbridge.

Phone and Online Sessions:

I also offer online counselling via Zoom and telephone, which does mean I can offer therapy to anyone anywhere in the UK.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

2019: Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling (with Distinction) from Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC)

2016: Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC)

2014: Master of Arts in Childhood and Youth from The Open University

2007: Professional Certificate in Management (Health and Social Care) from The Open University

2007: Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Health and Social Care from The Open University

Current Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for 2021/22

Complex Trauma Certification Training Level 1 & 2 (PESI)

  • Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Life Coaching
  • Anxiety
  • Anger and Aggression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Working with Trauma
  • Walk and Talk Therapy

Other CPD includes:

2020/21: Online and Telephone Counselling

2019: Working Therapeutically with Suicide Ideation

2019: Introduction to Internal Family Systems

2018: Talking about Loss and Grief

2018: Working with Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Member organisations

BACP

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

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Fees

From £20.00 to £45.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Scale of charges for Counselling Sessions:

People are currently facing lots of financial pressure due to several issues, for example, the rising cost of household bills, cuts to universal credit, furlough ending amongst other uncertainties.

It is for this reason that I have decided to change my general charge of £40 per counselling session and introduce a scale of charges instead. My hope is that this will enable people to continue to access support during these difficult times.

Therefore, the scale of charges will range from £20 to £45 per session depending on individual financial circumstances.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

Next Steps

If you are interested in seeking counselling with me, whether that is face-to-face, via Zoom or telephone, do contact me via email or phone (email is best), using the links on this website. I usually respond within 48 hours to any enquiry. We can then arrange an informal phone call (free of charge and usually 20 minutes) to discuss what you are looking to get out of counselling. Please see my website for the different counselling options currently available.

Leafield Way
Corsham
Wiltshire
SN13

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Online platforms

Zoom
Andy Meads

Andy Meads