Ben Keenan MGHI. HG. Dip. (Enhanced DBS)
As a Human Givens therapist I am trained to understand that for many people the symptoms they are suffering are brought about by their innate needs being blocked in some way. When it comes down to it conditions such as depression, anxiety, panic or any of the others that we can suffer from are almost impossible to give a definitive description of that would fit everyone. This is because the circumstances and responses that have lead to the difficulties are never completely alike for any two people. Trying to tackle a symptom head on using dogma in my experience is often only the cause of further distress. Carrying traumatic and painful memories are also blocks to our needs getting met but endlessly going over these memories serves only to deepen them.
Human Givens therapists are all carefully trained to be able to treat traumatic memories in a very fast and effective way. Over the years so much has been written about psychotherapy and counselling and often with such dizzying complexity that it becomes inaccessible. Therapy doesn't need to be like this Human Givens is intended to be a fast solution focused approach, our research shows that our clients often achieve life changing improvement in 4 to 6 sessions. This is a chunk to read I know but please remember that with the new understanding of how our minds work it means that for a great many people it just no longer has to be that way.
Training, qualifications & experience
Human Givens MHGI. HG. Dip. (Dist)
The Human Givens Register is PSA accredited (Public Standards Authority)
After having 27 years working in emotional support in a variety of areas within the voluntary sector I left to retrain in the Human Givens Approach. I now combine those years of experience with the powerful insights and techniques taught during the various levels of training required to achieve level 3 HG accreditation. I carry full public liability insurance and I also ensure that I have regular supervision sessions with a qualified Human Givens supervisor.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
My fee is £50.00 per session which is usually an hour or just over. I am able to take card payment if it is easier.
What to expect from therapy
This is a difficult part to write. Do I try to talk at you? Do I try to talk to you? Do I spout platitudes and pseudo science that at the end of the day will never mean much?
How do I work? well the thing is that while many people have a recognisable symptom that can be given a label or a name, the circumstances that have brought about these symptoms are different for everyone. Trying to pathologies and dictate a set way of treating any condition just doesn't work for me and I feel it causes unneeded difficulty for already vulnerable clients.
I try to keep my approach as grounded and as simple as possible. I don't use any theory or intervention unless I can understand it and experience it my self as I have a natural inclination to stay away from vastly over complex ideas. Many people have a fear of approaching therapy because of the powerful emotions that might be brought up. I personally feel that you should be leaving a session feeling better not worse. The Human Givens approach is about achieving measurable relief to symptoms quickly.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am flexible, with weekday appointments and some evening/weekend availability
Types of client