I am a professionally qualified integrative counsellor and an accredited registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have considerable experience in areas of bereavement, trauma, anxiety and disability and also meet the criteria to provide personal therapy to trainee counsellors.
My work as a counsellor has taught me that so many people who struggle with change and loss in their lives need someone just to understand .
Approaching middle age, I found myself reflecting upon my own experiences of change and loss and trying to imagine what it must be like for others in similar situations.
In 2005 I lost most of my eyesight due to a retinal disease. After battling depression as a result of this life changing event, I decided to become a counsellor so that I could help others through their dark days of change and loss.
At this time, a successful experience in personal therapy helped me understand not only the impact of my disability but also the impact of my many layers of unresolved grief stemming from the loss of family, friends, sporting and work colleagues as a result of the troubles, illness, tragic accidents and suicide.
I find that my considerable life experience is my greatest asset as I walk side by side with my clients on their journey of self discovery.
To be understood is a powerful thing.
If you find this resonates with your life at present then perhaps 'talking therapy' can help....
Sometimes life's journey finds us standing at a crossroads without direction. Let me help you find the way ahead!
As an integrative therapist, I provide a safe, confidential, therapeutic environment conducive to growth and change where you can express yourself honestly without fear of reproach or judgement.
This acceptance, honesty and understanding allow you to delve deeper into yourself, where you can ask yourself: “If this counsellor can accept me, why can’t I?”
What I hope you will get from therapy
The ultimate goal of therapy is self-acceptance so you can experience life to the full.
I believe that all therapy should be structured in such a way as to maximise your insight into the cause of your behaviour. This helps with ongoing assessment by providing evidence of how the historical setting has contributed to the present problems.
Berne (1966) says "we can heal the past in the present in order to assure the future."
As an integrative counsellor, I am afforded the flexibility to tailor therapy to client needs. This is a fluid process of identifying and understanding these needs, reflection upon best fit theoretical application and evaluation.
With this in mind, I will ask you initially;
“What is it that you want from therapy? What is the goal?”
I hope as we journey together that I can help you gain insight which can, in turn, help you identify problems, unused opportunities and resources.
How to get started
Please either phone me or email me to set up an initial session. Together we will establish your needs and the direction you would like to go. It gives us an opportunity to decide if I am the right therapist for you. Should this be agreed, a contract of six sessions would usually be offered, followed by a review of our work together. If appropriate an extended contract will then be offered.
This means that we will both commit to ongoing therapy until you feel that the work is complete.
My hours are from 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday but I will upon request arrange after hours or weekend sessions to suit client needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
- FdSc in counselling studies (commendation)
- Level 4 Certificate in counselling studies (distinction)
- Child Protection
- Mental health first aid training
- Kids, alcohol and sexual health training
- Bereavement workshop
- The wisdom of the body - psychodynamic workshop
- Addressing issues of anxiety - psychodynamic workshop
- The concept of self- psychodynamic workshop
- Sexual abuse workshop - nexus
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
£40 per hourly session
Currently providing personal therapy to trainee counsellors at special discounted rates
For more details please don't hesitate to call or email
flexible with after hours appointments including saturdays
These are some of my areas of special interest:
“Brian is an excellent person to talk to. He is professional, kind and understanding. He never judges and his insights are very useful in helping to resolve personal issues and feelings. I would highly recommend Brian as a counsellor.” SB 27/09/2019
"I never knew that i needed to be heard until you invited me to talk and actually listened to a voice i never knew i had." MM 2020
A strong, deep person,
Wise enough to allow me
To grieve in the depth of who I am,
And strong enough to hear my pain
Without turning away.
I need someone who believes
That the sun will rise again,
But who does not fear my darkness.
Someone who can point out
the rocks in my way
Without carrying me.
Someone who can stand in thunder
And watch the lightning,
And still believe in a rainbow.