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About me

Hi, thanks for looking at my profile. I have 15 years experience of working in Wells and online as a counsellor/psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and life coach and executive /management coach.

Although I work as a generic counsellor, I specialise in this issues that relate to communication that leads to conflict - either within ourselves (just think about the arguments we have with ourselves when we tell ourself 'I am not good enough', 'I am too fat', 'I should be better'...) or with other people.

With counselling, the counsellors' experience makes a real difference but on its own, it is not enough. My practice is grounded in experience but also in a commitment to achieving the most effective skills set, based upon the latest research, to give you the best care I can, and help you face the future with hope.

My counselling work is:

  • Grounded in Experience: I have over 15 years' experience working in counselling and 15 years' experience working in industry, much of it as a senior manager before that.
  • Grounded in Research: My approach to counselling is based upon empirical research, and I draw upon different academic areas to support my work particularly psychology, sociology and education/learning theory. I hold a PhD in learning and development for the School of Education at the University of Bristol for my research in to how fun can be harnessed to help us thrive as human persons. Fun plays a big role in my counselling approach!
  • Grounded in Practice: My approach is deceptively simple. I follow a practical process: we reflect on our experiences and gain an understanding of what drives our behaviours, fears, ambitions. Once we have that understanding, we can identify the best actions, skills and tools to help us move forward.

I am committed to placing you, the client, at the heart of the process. Treating you with respect does not just mean following a set of guidelines but a deep philosophical commitment to understanding and identifying how I can help you.

What to expect working with Dr Damian.
First and most importantly, respect. In broad terms, you can expect to be treated with respect, dignity, and a balanced level of give and take. You can expect questions and conversation, openness and honesty. I will not judge what you have to say or you; I believe that we do things for a reason, even if we do not know what that reason is – our joint role is to figure out what is going on and how we can change things, to do this we need to be open and honest.

Do not expect counselling to be easy. A quick chat and everything will be fixed is unrealistic and fanciful. Tea and sympathy have no place in the counselling room. YI will, of course, be very supportive and help you feel safe in sharing your problems, but I will also challenge you; to make you think hard about the questions that are asked. Don’t forget, it is your money and time, cosy, boring, counselling relationship that is full of politeness and clichés, where tricky topics are avoided is not, in my opinion, counselling and will not help you resolve your problems.

What is counselling like with Dr Damian
Everyone is different with and has unique issues and goals for counselling, this means that my approach to counselling will be different depending on the person I work with. However, generally you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and process new insights gained from the previous counselling session.

Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. I tend to work with people in six-week cycles, so that we have a focus for our work; counselling should not be like going down a rabbit warren!

You will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process; reflecting on what we have said during a session and doing any ‘homework’ that is suggested. By doing this you will bring what you learn in the sessions back into your life.

How many session will I need?
This is a really difficult question to answer. It is difficult to predict how many counselling sessions you will need. Some clients require 4 to 6 sessions, some will require significantly more, while others may only need 1 or 2 sessions. Generally, the more complex and long-standing the problems, the more sessions are required to develop and maintain the desired changes.

Although I trained as a generic counsellor initially, my advanced counselling training developed me as a specialist in working over short time scales of up to 6 - 10 sessions

Getting started
Making a choice to work with a counsellor and improve your mental health is not easy but it is rewarding and worthwhile. I aim to make you feel as safe and comfortable as possible while we work together towards your goals and rediscover the meaning of fun in your life.

From the start I will try and make the process as easy as possible. Either give me a call or drop me an email using the links provided. Once we have made contact we can agree a time to have an initial chat, for about 15 mins, about what you want from counselling and how I might be able to help you (this can be done over the phone or through the secure, encrypted video conferencing platform (doxy.me) that I use. At the end of this session I will suggest that you take a day or so to think over what was said and decide if you want to continue seeing me as your counsellor. If you do, then just let me know and I will send you a link to my online appointment page and you can book an appointment at a time to suit you. The we can begin work!

Training, qualifications & experience

  • PhD (School of Education, University of Bristol)
  • MSc Counselling Research (University of Bristol)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling – Organisational Settings (University of Bristol)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods (University of Bristol)
  • BA (Hons) Economics and Management Studies (University of Leeds)


Diploma in Hypnotherapy (Hons); Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (merit), Cert. Life Coaching, Cert Mediation Skills

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Workplace bullying and harassment

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness


  • Individual Sessions = £60.00
  • Couples Sessions = £90.00

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


In the current situation, I am working exclusively online and offering evening and Saturday morning appointments.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Dr Damian Stoupe (MNCS Acc) - the conflict counsellor

Dr Damian Stoupe (MNCS Acc) - the conflict counsellor