Anthony Purnell BSc (Hons), MBACP (Accred)
I see clients on a face to face basis and sessions are conducted out of a local Chiropractic clinic in the village of Bedwas; I also provide online counselling via video. There are no limits on the number of sessions I provide but I will seek to make sure from time to time that the work we do is still useful from a therapeutic point of view.
I can see clients online through the Zoom application, though clients should consider how private and secure their surroundings are if they wish to proceed with having counselling online. This service is only available to UK residents.
My Approach & How this helps
My approach to counselling is largely Systemic (Relational) and is my main area of training, although I also borrow ideas from other approaches like Solution-Focused, in order to increase the ways I may help my clients.
Systemic therapy seeks to understand how people create meaning through language; how they relate to each other; how their culture, class, race, gender and sexuality inform how they perceive the world. It considers the client, not as an individual but as part of social groups (family, friendships, professional and romantic relationships). It acknowledges how people interact with other influences, such as mental health symptoms, behaviours or objects. I seek to understand how these connections effect my client's well-being and if these relationships can be improved.
Systemic therapy's relational approach can also help individuals suffering with some mental health conditions by helping them to form a better relationship with their symptoms. The aim is to give my clients a sense of autonomy and control over their conditions.
Arranging a Session
Clients can email, text or phone to make an appointment, discuss or raise any concerns about starting therapy.
I accept cash or debit card. Alternatively, an online payment link can be sent to your mobile phone.
I understand that therapy can be an expensive business, especially if you attend every week. When I was seeing a counsellor I attended every four weeks. This made paying for therapy more affordable.
While it is recommended that people attend therapy every week, I am flexible and allow a maximum four-week gap between sessions.
It does mean therapy will take longer but I feel it is important that you have some control over the process, where possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc Systemic Counselling with First Class Honours
- BACP Registered Member
Online Therapy Institute- Moving your Practice Online (Introductory Course)
Areas of personal interest
Anxiety: Treatment techniques.
Identity: Formation, perception and meaning of identity.
Power: In relationships, culture, employment and society.
Relationships: Communication, attachment, conflict management, infidelity.
Bereavement: Death, divorce, break-ups and other losses.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per session
Individual's: £40 per session
Couple's: £60 per session
Over 60's: £30 per session (Proof of age required)
Students: £20 per session (Proof of enrolment required)
Trainee/Qualified Counsellors: £20 (Proof of enrolment/qualification required)
Unfortunately I am unable to counsel anyone under the age of 18
Concessions offered for
TITV- Coronavirus Safe Practice Statement
I am offering Face to Face (FTF) sessions but require clients to familiarise themselves with Covid-19 safety measures available at my website www.therapyinthevillage.co.uk.