Bethany Thornton Dip HE Couns. MBACP Accred.
I'm a qualified, experienced and BACP Accredited counsellor (Accreditation is a higher quality standard for more experienced members of the BACP), offering individual or couples counselling for issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, bereavement, the negative impact of past events, relationship problems and more. Sessions are held either in my comfortable counselling room in my home or via telephone or online counselling via Skype/Zoom/Whatsapp. I offer a discounted rate for the first session so that you can make an informed decision about whether you would like to work with me. Why not take a look at my introduction video too.
Through careful listening, reflection and professional insight I will support you in exploring the different aspects of the problems you’re having, so that you can gain clarity in what is happening in your life, come to terms with the past, be more in control of the present and have hope for the future.
All sessions are confidential so you can feel safe to share what has been going on for you. Clients regularly comment on how comfortable they feel talking to me and that they find the sessions helpful, in coming to a greater self-awareness and understanding of their situation and how to navigate through their difficulties more effectively. My qualifications and experience enable me to tailor counselling to the individual needs of each client, so you can be sure of a professional service that can be beneficial even from the first session. I've prepared an introductory video so you can get an idea of what I'm like, but I would also recommend trying an initial session so that you can meet with me and get a feel for whether you feel comfortable talking to me and whether I'm the right person to help you, so please feel free to get in touch to arrange this.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor with a Professional Diploma (DipHE) in Therapeutic Counselling, a British Psychological Society Approved Certificate in Third Wave Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (which incorporates therapies such as: Compassion-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness) and a COSRT Approved Certificate in Working with Couples and Other Relationships. I am committed to furthering my qualifications and training through continuing professional development and have recently undergone additional training workshops in Psychological First Aid, Emotional Resilience, Attachment, Projection, Concepts of Bereavement and Loss, and Information Governance (managing client information to NHS guidelines for confidentiality).
I am a Registered and Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Accreditation is a higher quality standard for more experienced members of the BACP) and I adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice,
I have DBS clearance and a Level 1 Certificate in Safeguarding Training for working with adults at risk.
I have significant experience working one-to-one with clients in private practice and within a Primary Care setting, providing counselling for a variety of issues including: depression, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, panic, stress, work-related stress, anger, insomnia, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, bullying, domestic violence, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, relationship issues, divorce, redundancy, spirituality, bereavement.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial Introductory Session (1 hour) is £30 (£45 couples).
Further 1 hour sessions are £40 (£55 couples).
Concessions are available, depending on your personal circumstances.
I offer a reduced rate to students who require personal therapy as part of their course.
Concessions offered for
The initial session will give us the opportunity to discuss what brought you to counselling and allow you to get a feel for what counselling involves and how you will benefit. If we decide that I am not the right person to help you I will endeavour to identify a suitable alternative option.