Ben Jones MBACP | Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
My goal is to provide a space for you to connect with and better understand the experiences that trouble you. This could be related to a specific issue in the short term, but also might be as general and open ended as the way you struggle to live or have lived throughout the course of your life. Often it starts with an attempt to reconnect with yourself and make deeper contact with where you are: something which might feel unbearable to do alone. Meeting in this place together, however, means we can approach your difficult experiences in a supportive environment, giving you the room to express your desires, fears, hopes and disappointments, and be curious about how and where they affect you.
My approach to therapy is embodied, relational, and influenced by existential and humanistic philosophy, while taking into account developmental perspectives and the way in which we are shaped from our early life experiences. This has in turn shaped the way I perceive what is therapeutic: I aim to be with the whole of you, acknowledging what's going on now as much as what was going on then. We might, for instance, find focus around anxiety, in stuck and past traumas, connecting to intimate relationships or just being present. Perhaps what is essential is that you're given the opportunity to think clearly, feel openly and speak from somewhere close to the heart about what's important to you and where it comes from. This can be a radical endeavour, especially when these channels for relating to ourselves and others are constrained – as they so often are – in day-to-day life.
Lastly, I take the view that whatever is happening for you needs to happen and is trying to, but what is necessary for leaning into this is the support to go along with it. This where our relationship can help, both the way it can be used to reflect themes or issues that occur in your life, but also the opportunity it gives us to unearth your experience, acknowledge your suffering, turn it over therapeutically and make new emotional sense from what we find. From this emerges not only the potential for living more creatively, but also a more meaningful, fulfilled life with the freedom to be more deeply connected with others and those that surround you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I've worked in a variety of clinical settings including national charities, local low cost therapy services and as an honorary psychotherapist within the NHS. I also have experience working within an IAPT service and so understand how difficult it can be to heal and transform in manualised treatments (CBT) that invariably leave little space for the complexity of who you are.
PGDip Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling – University of Brighton
Level 2/3 in Counselling Studies – CPTA
Brainspotting Phase 1 & 2 (Trauma Therapy) – BSP UK
Embodied-Relational Therapy Diploma (Relational Body Psychotherapy) – Ongoing
I have also engaged in further experiential training: exploring community and psychotherapy at the Philadelphia Association and authentic movement (and it's relation to the brahmaviharas) at the Karuna Institute. Fundamentally my interest is located in two things: how we find our voice in the world with others and how we inhabit and express our bodies together. The ongoing relationship here, its joys and challenges and its significance for how we live our lives sits at the core of my practice.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial session is £25.
£50 per session thereafter with some reduced cost availability for students, the unemployed or those on low income. Check with me regarding this.
Each session will be for 50 minutes, usually weekly.