Anthony Purnell BSc (Hons), MBACP
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 or Narrative Therapy, in order to increase the ways I may help my the 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 affect my client's well-being and if these relationships can be improved.
How this helps
This approach helps clients to construct new meanings, new ways of seeing the world and a greater understanding of how they are connected to those around them whether family, colleagues or friendship groups. It also helps clients to understand the impact they have on these social systems and the impact these systems have on them.
Systemic therapy's relational approach can also help individuals suffering with some mental health conditions. By helping to form a better relationship an individual has with their symptoms. The aim is to give my clients a sense of autonomy and control over their conditions.
From a local chiropractic clinic in the village of Bedwas, I provide counselling to individuals and couples; the rooms are very comfortable and are suitable for therapeutic work.
My aim is to create a safe space to help people discuss their problems openly.
By Car: Parking is available behind the Bridgend Inn Pub.
By Bus: Caerphilly to Graig Y Rhacca service (A) runs through Bedwas, as well as the Newport to Bargoed service (50).
Both services stop at Caerphilly Bus Station which is located at Caerphilly Train Station. See https://www.stagecoachbus.com/
By Train: There are frequent trains form Cardiff to Caerphilly train station. These services runs as far as the Rhymney Valley, but check times before travelling. See https://www.thetrainline.com/train-times/caerphilly-to-cardiff-central
Arranging a Session
Clients can email, text or phone to make an appointment, discuss or raise any concerns about starting therapy.
In Cash or by Debit card, payment is due at the end of the session.
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.
Due to the hectic pace of daily life, I believe in being available when it's convenient for my clients. That is why I provide weekday evening and Saturday appointments.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc Systemic Counselling with First Class Honours
- BACP Registered Member
I have worked for the last 3 years with a mental health charity based in Porthcawl, during my time there I have had clients with a range of issues.
Continuous Professional Development
- Working creatively with post trauma states, dissociation and addictions
- Search for a secure base?
- Practical counselling strategies and interventions in addiction work
- Person-centred and cognitive explanations of addiction
- Neuroscience of addiction
- Sugar - the new baddie on the block?
- Who am I now? Military Veterans - working with a warrior’s identity in the therapy room
- Can you tell me who I am?
- Man up: Experiences and learning from working with men in therapy
- Relationships and infertility
- Love and its shadows: Existential perspectives on relationships
Areas of counselling I deal with
Individuals's: £40 per session
Couples's: £60 per session
Concessionary Rates for Students: £30 per session (Please bring your student ID to the first session for the discounted price)
Concessionary Rates for the over 60's: £30 per session (Please bring proof of age to the first session for the discounted price)
Unfortunately I am unable to counsel anyone under the age of 18
Session time: 50 mins
There is no set limit on the number of sessions, however there will be occasional reviews (every 6th session) to make sure therapy is still appropriate.
The recommended frequency for therapy is once a week, however 1 session every 4 weeks is the minimum level permissible. This must be agreed before therapy begins.
For Organisations and Businesses
Organisations paying for employees to attend therapy can block book sessions in advance. This is available on request and will need to be discussed with me before therapy begins.
Therapy can be a great benefit to your employees and to your organisation. The HEALTH AND WELL-BEING AT WORK Survey May 2018 conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development highlighted the beneficial affect of positive mental health on organisational performance and engagement.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Wednesday and Thursday: (9am-1pm) (4pm-8pm) Saturday: (9am-2pm)
Types of client