Dan Wyke MBACP Counsellor
Hello, thank you for visiting my profile.
I'm an experienced BACP-registered counsellor offering online/phone counselling to adults across the UK.
I provide a friendly and professional service for people affected by a range of circumstances and issues, including:
- chronic illness/long-term health conditions (including ME)
- addiction (gambling, drug, alcohol, pornography, sex)
- panic attacks
- low confidence/self-esteem
- loneliness/social isolation
- relationship/family/work difficulties
Whether you're suffering from poor mental/physical health & well-being, or are overwhelmed by problems that you feel unable to cope with on your own, a counselling relationship can help you to understand what you're going through and bring about the change you desire.
I'm a person-centred practitioner. This is a humanistic approach to counselling based on the understanding that we all have within us the resources to live as fully as we can. At times we lose connection with these resources. One way to re-connect with them is through a relationship that is genuine, non-directive and free from judgement.
I offer a warm and collaborative counselling relationship where clients can openly explore their concerns and increase their understanding of themselves. In turn, clients can move from feeling distressed and confused to a place of greater clarity and confidence.
I offer short-term and long-term counselling, mostly by Skype/phone and occasionally in-person. My fee is £50 per full-length session (50 mins). Shorter online appointments are charged at the rate of £1 per min, e.g. £15 for 15 mins; £20 for 20 mins etc. In-person appointments are held at quiet, purpose-built rooms in a residential street in Worthing. Parking is free and the train station is a 10-minute walk away. Online appointments offer clients greater flexibility. Some people find it easier to 'open up' online and the duration of appointments can more easily be tailored to suit clients' needs.
Please feel free to contact me for a free, no-obligation consultation so you can decide whether I provide the sort of service you need.
I can be contacted by email or on 07907 459901. If I'm unable to answer, please text me a message and I will return your call as soon as possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working as a counsellor for more than ten years.
I trained as a person-centred counsellor between 2005-2008. Between 2005-2006 I studied for Counselling Skills NVQ levels 1, 2 & 3 at City College, Brighton; and between 2006-2008 I took my Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (FdSc) at Brighton University. I also have a BA and MA in English which pre-date my counselling qualification.
I'm a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
My work is supported by regular supervision and I'm committed to continued professional and personal development.
As well as seeing clients privately, I worked for Gamcare in Brighton for 8 years, helping people who are affected by problem gambling. Alongside my counselling work, I also worked with older people at Age UK Brighton & Hove for sixteen years. Other interests which inform my work include chronic illness (particularly ME), literature, Buddhism and meditation.
I developed ME in 2010 and am acutely aware of the difficulties sufferers of this debilitating multi-system disease face. My style of work bears no resemblance to CBT. Therefore, I do NOT try to encourage ME patients to engage in harmful graded exercise therapy, nor do I attempt to convince them they are suffering from 'false illness beliefs'.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Living with chronic illness
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)
The Ageing process
Services and Administration
I work with clients by Skype/phone; and occasionally in-person in the privacy and comfort of a counselling room in the Broadwater area of Worthing.
Times and Prices
Counselling sessions last for 50 minutes. Shorter appointments can be arranged for Skype/phone sessions if required. Sessions are usually held on a weekly basis. I work with clients on both a long- and short-term basis. The decision to end counselling at any point remains with the client.
The initial phone consultation is free, then the fee is £50 per session or £1 per min for shorter Skype/phone appointments. Payment for in-person sessions can be made before or at the end of each appointment. Payment for Skype/phone sessions can be made by BACS transfer before each appointment.
There is no charge if more than 24 hours notice is given. Emergencies can, of course, be negotiated.
The counselling relationship is confidential. This means that I do not disclose any information you share with me to anyone else, except in the following circumstances:
As part of my ongoing professional development, I attend regular supervision and sometimes explore issues arising out of a counselling relationship with my supervisor. At such times I take care to protect the anonymity of my clients.
There are also certain legal circumstances in which a counsellor is obliged or encouraged to consider breaching confidentiality. If you are concerned about these, I am happy to discuss them with you.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I can usually offer new clients an appointment the following week, and sometimes sooner.
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile.
I do hope you will get in touch, but if for any reason you don't feel like contacting me, please take a moment to look through the profiles of other counsellors listed in the Counselling Directory. You may also want to check out another list of counsellors at www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Some Italian|
Weekdays, mostly day-time, some evenings
Types of client