Bill Swindlehurst - Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
I support adults, and children and young people, in dealing with their difficulties by listening to them and helping them to make sense of their issues. These issues can be wide ranging and include depression, anxiety, low self esteem and stress.
Some difficulties might seem to be there in the background all of the time, or just flare up now and again. They sometimes just wear us down or even consume our waking life, leading to a sense of frustration, desperation or hopelessness. Being able to talk about these difficulties with someone in a safe and confidential space, someone that will listen non-judgementally and try to understand you, allows you to explore them without any pressure and get a clearer picture of your situation. I can offer you this, along with sensitivity, openness and honesty.
Training, qualifications & experience
My counselling training started in 2004 and I gained my Diploma in Counselling in 2009. I then gained my Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People in 2012 and then completed training in Couples Counselling. I gained my BACP accreditation in 2013. Prior to becoming a counsellor I worked with families as a Family Mediator. The situations I encountered in mediation encouraged me to train as a counsellor. I have worked with individuals for some years but my work with families has led me to build on my individual counselling and to expand my counselling work by training in Couples Counselling and counselling Children and Young People - whilst trying to maintain my Person Centred way of working and being. I now work as a counsellor with individuals, couples and children and young people.
I have worked as a Person Centred Counsellor since 2008 with people that have had depression, relationship difficulties, anxiety, anger issues, expressed suicidal thoughts, experienced bereavement or loss, been victims of abuse, experienced difficulties around their sexuality, and various other issues in their lives that have caused them to seek help. After gaining my Diploma I went on to work for a Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents, then later trained in Couples Counselling. I have also completed training in Emotional Freedom Techniques.
Over time, contact with people from the LGBT community and the touching experiences I gained from a transgender training event have heightened my awareness of the difficulties faced by LGBT people, despite societal changes. As a counsellor who will work with gender and sexually diverse clients from an affirmative standpoint, I am registered with Pink Therapy.
I was a Registered Family Mediator with Relationships Scotland where I worked extensively with family issues. I helped couples who were having difficulties making arrangements about contact with their children, due to separation and divorce. I also worked with families who were having disputes that needed resolving.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I can provide counselling sessions during the day and in the evening on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, should that tie in with your schedule. Each session costs £40 for individual adults. Sessions for children and young people cost £15. Couple counselling costs £45 per session. These fees are negotiable and I'll consider concessions for people who have difficulties in paying. Evening appointments cost a little more.
These individual sessions are usually face to face but, if Skype would be more convenient, then we could hold the sessions that way with the same privacy. Skype allows longer distance counselling work and is quite flexible.
Living near the bases at RAF Lossiemouth and Kinloss Barracks, I have a wide experience of working with military personnel and the difficulties they have encountered.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|