Ben Harris MA Oxon, MBACP
Why am I so pained? How can I be more content? What should I accept about myself, my relationships and my environment and what should I seek to change? How can I find meaning in my experience?
I have a strong track record in helping people to break negative patterns and alleviate and manage emotional pain.
We do this by exploring links between your past and your current experience and uncovering the primary themes and dilemmas of your life in the context of a healing and supportive relationship.
A cautionary word: this is not easy work. If someone tells you that you can have what you dearly want without sacrifice you would be best advised to find someone who will be more honest with you. You will need to work hard. But I will support you all the way. I offer a fearless yet kindly exploration leading to a judicious mixture of change and self-acceptance. Potentially life-changing.
It can be difficult to pick up the phone to call a stranger sometimes. You are welcome to contact me by e-mail to introduce yourself, leaving phone contact details and a good time period for me to get in touch, and I'll get back to you swiftly to talk about moving things forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
I studied philosophy of mind and existentialism at Oxford University. This work continues to inform my therapeutic practice today.
I worked in the City for some years before choosing to employ my skills in a direction that felt more keenly attuned with my interests. I know what it is like to work in that high-pressured world and welcome clients for whom a sense that their counsellor understands some of that existence is important. I have undertaken work in the public, private and charitable sectors, worked with vulnerable clients on behalf of Mind and have facilitated group counselling.
I undertook a rigorous training with the Minster Centre, being awarded a Diploma in Integrative Counselling.
I am trained integratively which means that I have incorporated a thorough grounding from different perspectives on people's inner worlds and the human condition. I work psychodynamically, paying attention to the power of the unconscious and the ways in which past experience informs how we are in the world today. I also give due regard to the existentialist insights - how hard it is to find meaning and security when we have to take responsibility for our own choices against the backdrop of our finite lives. Research indicates that these approaches are helpful across a range of presenting difficulties.
My approach aims to help you (re)discover the richness of your own unique humanity and to secure a way of being in the world with more ease, freedom and contentment, with confidence to face those painful experiences that are part of all our lives. I know that this is possible from my own professional and personal experience, even when things seem bleak. There is a way forward.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
£40 for our initial 50 minute consultation to get a sense of each other and to discuss your needs.
Thereafter my fees per 50 minute session are £50 - £80, influenced by time of day.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays 8am - 8pm
Types of client