Hi, I'm Colin, a psychodynamic counsellor offering face-to-face and online sessions.
As a psychodynamic counsellor, I will often look at your past experiences to help you make sense of your current distress. I regard all of my clients as unique, people with their own stories to tell. Essentially, my aim is to help you find a sense of meaning, self-worth and purpose, so that you might overcome the obstacles that are currently affecting your life.
Perhaps you are feeling under-valued, powerless, misunderstood or not listened to, or maybe just can’t quite put a finger on the problem. You may often find yourself being angry, lonely, sad or confused-People come to counselling for all sorts of reasons, and I recognise that this can be a daunting process.
Working Together - The Counselling Process:
I can offer you the opportunity to focus on your feelings, so that we can explore together what might be going on for you, and help you to understand what you are experiencing. You may then start to recognise often repeated and unwanted thoughts and behaviours. This can help you to identify new and different choices, enabling you to make changes that lead to a healthier, more confident and fulfilling way of life
I passionately believe in the process and lasting benefits of counselling, and I will support you throughout this journey by providing a safe, confidential environment to work in, and importantly, without judging you, enabling you to confidently explore whatever is troubling you.
I work in an open and honest manner, which will sometimes mean challenging your beliefs and assumptions, whilst maintaining a sense of respect and sensitivity, adapting to your personal needs, with the objective of finding a way forward that is right for you as an individual.
If you would like the opportunity of discussing either the way I work or the issues you are facing before committing to counselling, please feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail to arrange for an initial session.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling (University of Hertfordshire)
- Certificate in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling (University of Hertfordshire)
- Professional liability insurance and enhanced DBS check certificate.
My counselling experience is varied, working with adults, couples and young people, in both private practice, HM Prison Service, and within the highly respected counselling team at the Letchworth Centre for Health Living.
I work mainly with adults, of all ages and backgrounds, on a weekly and open-ended basis. I have particular experience and interest in working with issues around: Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Self-Esteem, Family/Relationship issues, Bereavement, loss and grief, Male identity issues, Work related stress, retirement and ageing issues.
I am a general counsellor, but have a lot of experience working with loss and male identity issues. I am committed to continuous personal development by attending regular training events and workshops. I also undertake regular supervision of my work, in line with BACP guidelines.
Previously, I spent 35 years in the corporate world, before taking the leap to re-train as a counsellor. This led to roles working within education, the voluntary sector (youth mentoring) and gardening!
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
- My charge is £45 for an individual 60-minute session.
Concessions are available on a discretionary basis (including counselling students). Payments can be made by cash, cheque or by direct money transfer. If you wish to pay by direct transfer the details will be given to you upon booking, payment by direct money transfer is required before each session.
I provide my clients with a private, quiet and comfortable room. Sessions last for 1 hour and are normally arranged on a regular, weekly and open-ended basis, at a time that is agreed between us. On some occasions, if you are temporarily unable to meet face to face, sessions can be held by Skype or over the phone.
Monday - Saturday
Early and late evening appointments available.