Dr Ben James
I am a counselling psychologist and psychotherapist offering psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy and counselling. I see patients in face-to-face meetings on a minimum of a once weekly basis. Psychotherapy is an in depth therapy that can help people achieve lasting change in how they experience themselves and others. Counselling is less intense, involving once weekly meetings for perhaps a year or so but often not longer. I offer both types of psychological therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
in 2005 I qualified as a counselling psychologist, gaining a practitioner doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology from the University of Surrey. I am currently completing my training as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy in Bristol. I have worked in university counselling services, and in the NHS in primary and secondary mental health services, helping people with severe and enduring difficulties. Since 2011 I have worked in private practice.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
An initial consultation is £65. If we agree to regular meetings, the fee for those will form part of our discussion.
You might seek help for a specific problem such as obsessional behaviour, social anxiety or psycho-somatic symptoms. Or you may have more general feelings of anxiety or depression associated with dissatisfaction in work, the challenge of forming satisfying relationships or issues with money, food or sex. You may feel unfulfilled, bored or creatively inhibited. All of these difficulties affect the quality of your life. Psychotherapy and counselling provide an effective treatment for just such disorders and concerns and can contribute significantly to your mental health, sense of well-being and to managing your life more effectively.
I offer a confidential and private setting where you are encouraged to share and consider your inner world. The relationship between you, the patient and me, the therapist is the crucial element in the therapy. This can help you know and understand yourself better and offers you the possibility of lasting change in how you experience yourself and others.
If you believe that being helped to think about your concerns might be an effective way to address them for yourself, then you could benefit from psychotherapy or counselling. An initial consultation can help you decide whether psychotherapy or counselling is the best way forward. If you want to consider this process with me then please get in touch.