Ben Ford

Bangor, Gwynedd, LL56 4JN
Bangor, Gwynedd, LL56 4JN

About me

I am an Integrative Counsellor who brings compassion, a depth of psychological awareness, and years of experience working with people to feel better in a variety of contexts.

Right now I work in private practice as a counsellor/psychotherapist at Port Dinorwic Marina, voluntarily for the NHS primary mental health service, and for an addiction recovery charity running therapeutic retreats on Dartmoor.

Why me?

I have over 10 years experience working with people’s mental health and wellbeing, spanning a variety of people and settings. These include adult mental health care in the NHS, addiction recovery, youth offenders, people with dementia, physical and learning difficulties, in prisons, and community music groups.

Added to that I’ve been through some tough times myself. I am in a good position to help not only because I am qualified to a high degree, but I have spent years learning to look after my own mental health and recover from adverse experiences in childhood and adulthood. This doesn’t mean that I immediately understand all of my clients feelings, but I do share the common experience of seeking help and figuring out how to thrive in life, in spite of adversity.

How I work

My training was Integrative, meaning that I can draw from a variety of models, theories and practices to match the uniqueness of your situation. From a foundation of Humanistic principles, I mainly combine elements of Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Polyvagel theory in my client work.

I do not assume that the problems my clients face are just biological, or a problem of the self. I also understand how economic, social, political and relational environments also affect our mental health. I enable clients to explore their current and historical contexts, so that they can increase awareness of their perceptions, reactions, and narratives.

Our bodies, too, play an important role in feeling well. When we experience emotion, it is felt in our bodies. I can help clients to understand how their neurobiological systems can be regulated, through experiential practices and discussions. This helps people to regain a sense of control and empowerment over their mental health. I also hold an understanding of the effects of living with neurodiversities like dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD.

Training, qualifications & experience

I was awarded a distinction in MSc Integrative Counselling from Bangor University.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

Sessions cost £40 and last 50 minutes.

I have two slots at concessionary rates, at £25 per session. These are for people unemployed, or living in a household with a low income. Please ask for availability.

Payment is made either by bank transfer, or cash. This is made in advance of the session, to reserve your slot.

Cancellations within 24hrs of the session or missed sessions are charged the full fee.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Further information

Message me to book a session, or to arrange a 15 minute free consultation to explore how counselling could help you. You'll also be able to ask any questions, and I can explain how I work.

Port Dinorwic Marina
Bangor
Gwynedd
LL56 4JN

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

I currently have sessions available between 3pm & 8pm Monday's and Wednesday's. If you require a time outside of these hours please get in touch to see if it can be accommodated.

Types of client

Adults
Ben Ford

Ben Ford