Hi, I'm Colin, I am an experienced and qualified counsellor based in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
Are you wondering if counselling will help you and how long you will need to come? Well, many people do find counselling helpful, research shows that around 80% of clients are better off after therapy, and that 65% of clients improve after seven sessions of therapy. Of course every client is different but perhaps this information will give you an idea of the potential of counselling to help you.
Some of the areas of counselling I may be able to help with are:
A traumatic experience of some kind. This could be a one off incident (like a car accident) or something that happened a lot of times and is more complex (abuse in a relationship or in childhood etc). I can also help if you are struggling because of bereavement, depression, low confidence, anger problems, relationships issues, difficulty with decision making, anxiety, worry, stress.
My way of working is to offer different forms of therapy according to the needs of you, the client, including CBT and EMDR therapy. Counselling is about respecting your needs and values, and a counsellor should not bring their values or beliefs into the counselling session; it is about helping you to achieve what you want to achieve from counselling.
The counselling I offer is open to everyone irrespective of faith or background. So, whether you want help with issues like stress or depression or are looking for spiritual help, please call for a free initial phone or Zoom consultation with no obligation.
Counselling is a unique opportunity to focus on issues that are troubling or problems that seem overwhelming. It can be a means of change or coming to terms with a loss or hurt. I'm here to help and I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have many years experience in counselling and hold several qualifications including a Diploma in Counselling (Level 4) and a Diploma in Supervision (Level 5), I have also completed the EMDR Works accredited training programme.
I have been offering counselling to individuals and couples in private practice since 2010 and before that, I had a lot of experience volunteering with different counselling agencies. I am experienced helping individuals and couples who have suffered loss, trauma, relationship problems, depression, guilt anxiety and other problems.
- EMDR certificate from EMDR Works (all four-parts of the EMDR Europe Accredited training programme completed)
- Level 5 Diploma in Supervision (Level 5)
- Level 4 Integrated Counselling Diploma (Open College Network).
- Level 3 Advanced Counselling Certificate (Integrated.
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB).
- Psychodynamic Counselling Skills Certificate (Herts Counselling Foundation).
- Fully confidential service.
You can be assured that everything between myself and my client is confidential.
I am a Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and also an accredited member of The Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC). I follow both the BACP and ACC ethical guidelines.
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
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Fees are agreed with the client in advance based on ability to pay and number of sessions agreed. I have some availability for special rates for low income clients. Sessions last for 50 minutes (EMDR sessions up to 1.5 hours).
Fee of £50 per hour (special rate for trainees).
Please contact me to find a suitable time to meet on evenings or during the day.