Ben Harris MA Oxford, 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 relationship.
I've helped many clients with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress and suicidality. What makes me stand out is my willingness to go to the uncomfortable places with you. I am non-judgmental and warmly supportive and I will challenge you when needed, with candour and humour.
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. Our aim? To change your life. No biggie then.
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 undertaking a rigorous training with the Minster Centre. I used to work with the mental health charity Mind offering individual counselling and group therapy - this demanding experience helped make me a more seasoned professional.
I work integratively with an emphasis on psychodynamic insights into the power of the unconscious and the ways in which past experience informs how we are in the world today. I also work existentially, thinking about the dilemmas of choice and responsibility in our 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.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£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 £70 - £100.