Craig Coventry MBACP(Accred), MA, BSC.
10 Chertsey Road
3 Paris, Parklands
I am a registered and accredited counsellor, psychotherapist and trauma therapist in Woking and Guildford. I have gained experience in working with a wide range of issues as a result of working in organisational settings, college environments and in my private practices.
What can counselling help with?
There are many reasons why people decide to come into counselling.
It could be that you are dealing with high levels of stress, anxiety, loss and bereavement, or you may be having difficulties in your relationships. You may feel depressed, held back by low self-esteem or trying to escape the grips of a destructive addiction. You may be struggling to overcome difficulties resulting from psychological trauma as a result of abuse or neglect. It is impossible to list all areas that counselling can help with, however, if you feel like you are having difficulties, you do not have to work through them alone.
How I can Help you
As a therapist, my aim is to help you explore and process your inner experiences at a deeper level in order to increase your self-awareness, in a manner which enables you to navigate yourself through your difficulties. As a Humanistic therapist, I aim to view you as a whole person and understand you and your difficulties within the context of your life (past and present) and work on how your difficulties are affecting you in the 'here and now'.
Processing thoughts and emotions can at times be extremely difficult, however, it is often our desire to ignore, deny or avoid the difficulties which makes them harder to deal with. Where necessary, I can help you work on emotional regulation and anxieties through using techniques in mindfulness, grounding, self-soothing and distress tolerance.
When working with issues such as sexual abuse, neglect, PTSD, C-PTSD and personality disorders, I offer a 4-stage therapeutic process.
1) safety: emotion regulation, Psychoeducation, grounding, self-soothing.
2) Processing traumatic memories: whilst using techniques learnt in stage 1.
3) Working with loss: loss of a person, a limb, the life you should have had, the person a significant other should have been. Ultimately working on acceptance of the reality of life.
4) Integration: bringing together new knowledge, understanding, a better ability to cope and regulate yourself, a new self-concept and view of the world into your current life and a transition into a life with a future as opposed to reliving the past events and emotions.
*This process is not a rigid structure per se, and is adaptable to each individual. What is paramount, however, is that stage one techniques are learnt at a satisfactory level before processing traumatic memories.
**This framework can also work well for anxiety, depression and other difficulties.
When and for how long?
Therapy sessions last for 50 minutes and are held at the same time each week (please enquire if you need more flexibility as this may be possible depending on my availability). I offer both short-term and long-term/open ended contracts which can be discussed at the initial consultation.
The first step is to call or email me to arrange an initial consultation. You can make contact anytime in the week, even in evenings or at the weekend. Please be aware my phone is on silent when I am working so please do leave a message with contact details and I will usually be able to get back to you by the evening or the next day at the latest depending on how late I am working (day time is often best time to call).
All therapy rooms provide a quiet and comfortable setting. The Woking therapy room is within a 1 minute walk from the train station. The Guildford Clinic is located near the top of the High Street, a 10 minute walk from the train station or a 5 minute walk from London Road train station. Local pay and display available in Guildford and Woking.
*unfortunately the Woking Practice has no wheelchair access.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.
BSC Psychology and Counselling.
BACP Registered and accredited Member.
Certificate in Trauma Therapy.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Essentials: training provided by the APT.
Committed to Continued Professional Development through regular workshops and ongoing training.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
*Optional free 20 minute telephone consultation
£50 per 50 minute session.
£55 per 50 minute session.
Covered By Health Insurance?
I am a registered practitioner with AXA PPP, Cigna, Allianz Healthcare Worldwide, Aviva, Healix and Vitality Health. I can also provide invoices for clients to claim back fees from other healthcare providers- please check with your individual healthcare provider as each provider works differently.
Limited concessions may be available for those on low wages or have financial difficulties, please call to discuss prior to the initial consultation.
Whatever the reason you decide to come into therapy, rest assured that I will provide a warm, friendly, confidential and professional counselling service. I understand that making the first contact is often the hardest step for many people and I am happy for you to call and ask any questions you may have about what I can offer you with no obligation for you to book a session if you feel it's not right for you.
The Initial Session
The initial consultation is where you are provided with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and for me to understand why you have decided to come into therapy and how I can best be of help to you. Importantly, the initial session is for us both to decide if we can work together. It is important that you feel comfortable with your choice of therapist and that we can build a working relationship that will enable exploration and allow you to grow and work through the difficulties you arrive with.
Depending on your situation, the work could mean reviewing how past events and relationships have shaped who you are, how you view the world and how you respond to life's challenges. It could also mean looking at different parts of your personality and the level of conflict between the different parts (e.g. a part of you that wants to succeed and a part that feels incompetent and unworthy). Many of my clients have also found it beneficial to work through negative perceptions of reality which have been 'internalised' from negative experiences and working towards a more accurate view of reality.
As human beings we acquire an ideal picture of ourselves, and how our life should be. However, at times these can be at odds with the reality we are faced with or sometimes even unrealistic for anybody to achieve. This can give rise to states of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and difficulties with stress and anger. Understanding your self-concept and beliefs of how life should be, and finding acceptance of the life you currently have is a prerequisite for growth and change and this is often one of the central tasks in therapy.
I have a particular interest in working with trauma. Trauma is a psychological state which can arise from one-off events such as car crashes or ongoing events such as sexual, physical or emotional abuse, neglect, and many other situations. Trauma can simply be defined as someone 're-living' their past experiences as if the past is actually happening in the 'here and now'; it is a 'whole person response' including mind, brain and body. Trauma often happens when an individual's experience is overwhelming and the individual feels stuck, helpless, powerless and unable to escape or prevent the situation from happening. Much of my CPD (Continued Professional Development) is centred around working with trauma survivors, the effects it can have on their lives and, more importantly, how individuals can recover from it. For more info on trauma and trauma therapy please visit my website: http://www.craigcoventrycounselling.co.uk/therapy-for-psychological-trauma
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays Only 10am - 10pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|