Our relationships are fundamental to our lives, whether that’s with our family, friends or colleagues. They can bring us comfort and also anguish.
I believe in three things:
- That our relationships can be key to a leading a fulfilling life.
- That where we come from informs who we are, but does not necessarily determine where we end up.
- That we each need to express who we are without fear of judgement.
I will work with you, using the counselling relationship to mirror important relationships in your life, so that we can more easily see patterns of behaviour that no longer serve you. Counselling can be a healing journey, sometimes challenging, and a rewarding experience that can help you gain insight and aid personal growth, making life more fulfilling for you.
What I Offer
I’m Brian Beamish, a humanistic integrative counsellor, based in South Wales. I’m a friendly, safe and professional therapist, providing a confidential and non-judgemental space to talk about a wide range of issues, including gender and sexuality, anxiety, depression and relationship issues amongst others.
My training was undertaken at the CPPD counselling school in London on a BACP-accredited course and I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework.
As Coronavirus (COVID-19 restrictions continue to lift, I am able to see people face-to-face. I take extra precautions to ensure your safety - the therapy room is well ventilated in between appointments and all surfaces are wiped down with antiviral agents.
I am still able to offer video (MS Teams) and telephone counselling if that is your preference.
Feel free to contact me to see how we can work together: southwalescounsellor.com or call me on 07485 474 201.
Some of the key areas I work in:
Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience in our lives. Through the counselling relationship, we will work together to manage these and, with acceptance and insight, there is a good chance that things will begin to shift for you.
Interpersonal relationships can be a source of both joy and pain in our lives. By exploring these in therapy and using the therapeutic relationship in the room as a mirror to your outside life, we can build a better understanding of what the dynamics are and how to change them.
Gender and Sexuality
Our own gender identity and sexual orientation play a vital role in expressing who we are. Self-acceptance is a cornerstone of living our lives authentically and without the support of family and friends, this can be hard. Therapy seeks to build self-acceptance and navigate new paths towards healthier relationships with friends and family.
Often, it seems, people with a neurodivergence are expected to fit into a neurotypical world, whether this is Autism (ASD), ADHD or another neurodivergence. If there are divergent ways of thinking and behaving that you're curious about, or that you know about already and don't want to have to explain, then I have experience working with neurodivergence and my therapeutic style is inclusive, welcoming and affirmative. I also recognise and affirm intersections between neurodivergence and gender and sexual diversity where it occurs.
What is Counselling?
Counselling is a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space for 50 minutes each week where you can process your concerns, life events and struggles. I believe counselling can lead to self-acceptance, insight and positive change in your life.
I will work with you each week to address issues that you bring, at your own pace and in a safe environment. I offer short-term and open-ended counselling, with daytime and evening availability to suit your requirements.
Feel at ease to contact me via my website southwalescounsellor.com, email me or call me on 07485 474 201 for a free consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
My counselling qualification is a BACP-accredited Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling from CPPD (UK) Ltd.
I have worked with people of all ages and backgrounds, including in LGBTQ+ and young people's organisations in London, and carers, educational and community development charities in South Wales
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Sessions last for 50 minutes and I charge £40 per session. I accept payment via bank transfer (BACS), cash and PayPal.
I am sometimes able to offer concessions to counselling students or those on lower incomes.
When I work
I have availability in the daytime and evenings to fit with your requirements. Call me on 07485 474 201 for a free consultation to see when we can work together.