Darran Biles

Darran Biles

Norwich Wellbeing Centre
15 Chapelfield East
Norwich
Norfolk
NR2 1SF

07716 349068

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About me

Hello and welcome to my profile. I am a counsellor and therapist based in Norwich and am available for short, medium and long term therapy work. I am trained in both the person-centred and the body psychotherapy traditions - you can read more about these on my website.

If you’re thinking of coming for therapy, I hope this profile will answer some of your questions and help you decide whether you might be interested in working with me. Please do get in touch if you need more information, or to book an initial session.

Why Therapy?

While someone’s initial reason for seeking therapy may be a recognised ‘problem’ such as depression or anxiety, therapy as I try to practise it is oriented towards the whole person, not just the problem. I believe our so-called problems have important things to tell us and contain valuable information from our deeper self, which fundamentally knows what we need. Contrary to how it might seem, something must be working in us deep down for us to realise something isn’t working!

Many of us feel cramped by the expectations of those around us or of society in general, finding no easy outlet for our thoughts and feelings. I see therapy as a place where everything about a person, no matter how 'weird' or 'unacceptable', can be welcomed and explored. I don’t believe that anyone needs fixing, or that therapy should be about adjustment to society. On the contrary, I see it as a kind of ‘anti-social’ space where alternatives to mainstream ways of living and relating can be opened up.

I work with the understanding that human beings are not just minds but also bodies, that we are not just people but also animals, and that we are deeply connected to each other and the rest of nature. For me this feels particularly needful in the current culture, which promotes disconnection from our bodies, other people and the planet. As well as central Norwich, I also offer outdoor sessions in the countryside outside the city, which can help us reconnect with human and other-than-human wildness.

You can read in greater detail about the way I work, and more about me personally, on my website.

Training, qualifications & experience

My training and qualifications are in Person-Centred Counselling, Embodied-Relational Therapy (ERT) and Wild Therapy. You can read more about these on my website.

I was a student of the analytic tradition (Freud, Jung, Laing) for many years before I started working as a therapist. In addition to my private practice, I have worked at the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Counselling Service and at the Norwich Centre for Personal and Professional Development. I also worked at UEA for several years as a specialist mentor, and taught there on the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills.

Some of my important influences and inspirations are Jung’s ideas on dreams and the collective unconscious; the Process-Oriented Psychology (‘Processwork’) of Arnold Mindell; certain Buddhist practices and teachings; and critical perspectives on love, sex and relationships such as those discussed by Meg-John Barker.

I do a lot of thinking about therapy and have written about it in both an article (‘Reapproaching Rogers’, published in the journal Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapies in 2016) and a chapter for the 2018 book Re-visioning Person-Centred Therapy: Theory and Practice of a Radical Paradigm.

Before I came to therapy I worked in a variety of jobs, including supermarket shelf-stacker, postman, youth hostel assistant, teacher and translator (during five years living in Paris), WWOOF volunteer and live-in carer.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

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Fees

£45 per hour session. If you’d like to work with me but can’t afford my fee, please let me know and we can have a talk about it.

Maps & Directions

Norwich, NR2 1SF

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: French

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Availability

Tuesday-Friday, including some evenings

Types of client

Adults
Older adults