My name is Angus and I offer a confidential and safe space in my home for you to explore any mental health issues that you are experiencing. As a qualified psychotherapist you will find that I am non judgemental, and can offer both empathy, compassion and congruence.
You may have noticed that you have different parts to you and may recall or have heard others say something like ‘part of me wants to go out and get some fresh air and part of me wants to stay in and watch a film’ or ‘part of me wants to stay in the relationship and part of me wants to leave it.’ These parts, as the examples show think in different ways and believe in different things (like the members of a family!) and are often battling within us because of this. By understanding what these parts’ intentions are and how they’ve come to be with you in the first place you will be able to feel more connection, compassion and curiosity towards them and thus move towards a trusting relationship where they no longer control you.
This is a Mindfulness based approach called Internal Family Systems (IFS) of which I have a Level 2 in. It is non pathological, going beyond just coping and managing emotions (in other words trying to control or banish parts such as anger or anxiety that other parts don’t like.) Instead with this model you can move towards harmonising and reintegrating these inner parts which manifests as you being a confident and best version of yourself. For real change to occur some work between sessions is required but at a pace which is right for. The benefits of working with this approach can be truly life changing and the rewards rich.
I am also a qualified and accredited Level 2 Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner and clients have found this form of energy healing to work well in conjunction with IFS. This is a beneficial resource that you would be able to utilise in between sessions if you chose to. Originally I trained in Person Centred, Psychodynamic and Gestalt counselling as part of an Integrative Diploma Course.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling Practitioners (BACP,) AAMET International (Association of EFT practitioners,) and abide by both organisations code of ethics.
Alongside my private practise I work for Off The Record as a counsellor and supervisor which provides free counselling for young people. I have also worked as a therapist at the Freedom Project which is an LGBTQ + youth group.
My background is in education where I was a secondary school teacher. My subjects were Music, Drama, History and Personal, Social and Health Education. I have also provided pastoral care for supporting students who were underachieving that were eligible for free school meals. Prior to this I lived in Mexico and Spain where I taught English as a foreign language and believe that this experience gave me a greater sense of difference, culture and global equality issues. I have previously been a counsellor in a secondary school in Bristol as well as at Oasis Talk which works within the NHS primary care system.
In order to develop professionally I stay abreast of emerging psychological, social and neurobiological research findings. I also engage in frequent Career Professional Development training. I have regular one to one and group supervision which helps to inform my practise.
I offer an initial consultation which would last for 30 minutes, the cost of which is 20 pounds, where you would learn about me and how I practise and I would learn about what brings you to therapy, and whether you would be seeking to work in the short or long term. Short term work would normally last between 6 to 12 sessions. This might be more goal specific, with a focus on more immediate issues such as a dilemma. With long term work we would explore deep rooted issues such childhood trauma. Above all the initial meeting is a chance for us to see if we could blend and work together.
If after reading this you are interested or have some further questions please don't hesitate to get in touch by either calling me on 0117 939 3830 or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Professional Counselling Studies
- Internal Family Systems Level 2
- Transactional Analysis 101
- Emotional Freedom Technique - Levels 1 and 2
- Bachelor of Arts - Combined Honours Degree in Music and History
- Post-graduate Cert in Education - Middle Years Music
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £45. Each session lasts for 50 minutes. I am generally available from Monday to Friday from 8am to 9pm.