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 amount 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 those whom reside within the UK.
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 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.
My first session will be used to discuss how therapy will be conducted, confidentiality and professional boundaries. This forms a therapeutic contract between myself and the client which if both parties are happy will be signed. We will then discuss your reasons for attending counselling and what you hope therapy will achieve.
The first session is often a get to know you and paper work session, to help myself and clients to feel comfortable with each other and the therapy room.
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.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I will not be accepting Cash/Debit card payments. Clients will be sent a payment link to their provided mobile number, in order to maintain social distancing.
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
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.
Online Therapy Institute- Moving your Practice Online (Introductory Course)
Continuous Professional Development (Informal Learning)
- Anxiety: Treatment Techniques that really work
- 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
- Men & Therapy- Key approaches to working with men
- Relationships and infertility
- Love and its shadows: Existential perspectives on relationships
- Attachment Theory and Science: A clear map for effective couple intervention
- Narcissism, Infidelity and Trauma: An integrative approach to couples therapy
- Evidenced-based psychological treatments for trauma- a cognitive approach to PTSD and complex grief
- The body keeps the score
- Trauma and major incidents
- Post incident report
- Negotiating the enduring trauma imprint in critical incidents
- Broken lives, broken brains, broken hearts- Find joy in healing the residue of trauma
- Heal your heart after grief: Help your clients find peace after break ups, divorce, death 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
Individuals's: £40 per session
Couples's: £60 per session
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.