About me

* I am currently away until Wednesday 22nd of July and will get back to you as soon as I can when I return. Thanks for your patience.*

I feel that my role as a counsellor is to provide a safe and supportive environment through which you might better understand how you feel, the difficulties you may be facing and how you can move forward in whichever direction you wish to.

I strive to work with every person in an accepting and compassionate way and feel that whatever comes up in counselling will arrive when you are ready. As trust develops you may go deeper into your past and present story, your emotions and physical sensations.

Exploring what it is like to relate and connect with one another in the counselling room, and to connect with yourself, is often the beginning of shifting from where you are towards where you want to be. It is a brave decision to make to bring yourself here.

Having both witnessed and experienced the power of feeling heard and held, I believe fully in the counselling process and aim to practice in a way that is accessible to anyone, recognising the differences and unique qualities we each have.

As a Humanistic counsellor I believe that, given the resources, everyone can make positive changes to the way they live, can work through their issues, can take charge of creating their future and lead themselves to a life containing greater fulfilment.

*At the moment I am not offering home visits or face-face sessions as part of my covid-19 safety protocol. I am available for online calls through Zoom or, if you'd prefer, I also offer counselling on the phone. I will be returning to face-to-face sessions in August*

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified Counsellor and registered member of the BACP and have been working and volunteering in mental health and therapeutic settings for the past 12 years.

As a counsellor and in my professional life I have worked with many different organisations and with people whose experiences are incredibly varied and unique. With each person, I work with I seek to keep in mind the different lives we live and how our histories and the structures of society impact our well-being and opportunities for change.

Some of the issues I have experience of working with in counselling young people and adults include:

  • Anxiety and Generalised Anxiety disorder
  • Low mood and depression
  • Panic Attacks
  • Feelings and thoughts related to suicide
  • Complex trauma
  • Historic abuse
  • Bereavement
  • Relationship issues
  • Isolation
  • Self-harm
  • Problems arising from study
  • Issues of self-worth
  • Exploring feelings of sadness

Therapeutically my experience outside of private practice includes counselling residents at the YMCA and at Nottingham Trent University, working with Univesity students as a Specialist Mental Health Mentor, facilitating group workshops including holistic development circles and working with children and young people in play.

I have participated in personal therapy and attended immersive therapeutic workshops regularly over the past 15 years. This work has shaped me as a counsellor and helps me understand how I wish to practice as a therapist.

I am someone who is dedicated to continual learning, to developing myself as a practitioner and seeking to understand how I might best meet the needs of every person I work with.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

From £35.00 to £55.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I think it's really important that everyone should be able to access a space where they can feel supported and be heard.

With the above intention in mind I offer 60 minute sessions at a standard rate of £45 per hour and offer a number of reduced rate spaces for anyone from a low/no income background or for whom this price would be a barrier to accessing counselling. Solidarity sessions, priced at £55 per hour, enable me to offer an additional low cost space.

An initial hour long session, where we can meet and seek to discover if we would be a good fit, costs £35.

I understand it is not always easy to discuss costs in any situation and hope we can talk this through in our initial meeting in a way that feels okay for you. Should you wish to i am also happy to talk about pricing with you over the phone before we have an initial session.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Currently my practice days are Monday - Thursday. I have some flexibility in appointment times on Tuesdays and Thursdays and can offer evening appointments.

Further information

The therapy room is situated in a an office in Stroud town centre. It is up two flights of stairs and i'm sorry to say is not accessible to those who are in a wheelchair or wouldn't be able to climb the stairs. I am happy to make home visits should this be comfortable for you

Currently my practice days are Monday - Thursday. I have some flexibility in appointment times on Tuesdays and Thursdays and can offer evening appointments.

Stroud
Gloucestershire
GL5

Chalford
Stroud
Gloucestershire
GL6

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Languages offered

None

Benedict Fox

Benedict Fox