I am an experienced Integrative counsellor based at Creech St Michael, a village just outside of Taunton, Somerset and five minutes from junction 25 of the M5. I offer Integrative counselling, which means I work with many of the major counselling methods like Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychoanalysis and so I can tailor the therapy to suit each individual person, because in counselling one size does not fit all. I work from a small barn conversion at the back of my cottage, which is a peaceful, warm building that echoes its rustic past and offers a safe, relaxed and quiet place to explore one's thoughts and feelings - a small sanctuary from the modern world.
If you are undecided if counselling would be helpful for you, it's worth considering some reasons for it and it's likely benefits.
Most people at some point in their lives experience difficult or low times and cope with them the best way they can. These problems can range from stress, anger, anxiety, obsessions and depression to loss, bereavement and low self esteem. In fact these problems can be anything that stops you from living a normal, fulfilled happy life or leaves you feeling worried and concerned.
At these difficult times, most people would agree that it’s helpful to talk to someone because the old saying 'it’s good to talk' is true. But who do you talk to? If we confide in a friend or family member there’s a chance that person will feel some responsibility for the situation. This in turn might cause the talker to hold back and not to let it all out, for fear of upsetting the listener. Alternately, if one talks to a professional counsellor, things will almost certainly be different. One reason for this is that counsellors and psychotherapists are not personally connected to their client’s difficulties and worries. A good therapist will be genuinely interested in their client, empathic and non-judgmental and do their best to help their client deal with their situation and move forward. It’s all about support – support while the client explores their thoughts and feelings. Support to maybe see things differently and support in resolving their situation and hopefully feeling better. I offer my clients a safe, comfortable and private setting in a relatively peaceful village location close to the Bridgwater to Taunton Canal and would welcome your call if you would like to ask me anything further.
Supervision for Counsellors
I know from my own experience that finding the right supervisor for your practice is vital but recognise that the search for the right person can be daunting and even a little scary. That is why I offer a free 30 minute meeting so that we can get to know each other and we can get an understanding of what you need from supervision and what I can offer.
I hold an OCN Certificate in Supervision facilitated by Lisa Mass Counselling in Buckinghamshire. My approach to supervision is based on the 7-eyed model by Hawkins & Shohet which considers the relationship between client and counsellor, emotional responses to the client, the counsellor’s own process and interventions. I also draw from the CLEAR Supervision model by Peter Hawkins.
I am passionate about the need for good quality supervision and feel strongly about supervisors being adequately qualified and not just drifting into it from counselling. The supervision I offer is individual one to one and face to face. It would take place in my therapy rooms at Creech St Michael and could be in the daytime or early evening Monday to Friday.
The cost of Supervision is based on £45 for an hour and a half. Concessions for student counsellors may be available.
Training, qualifications & experience
OCN Certificate in Counselling Supervision 2018 Lisa Mass Counselling, Bucks
Certificate in CBT 2014 AQA Bridgwater College
Higher Diploma in Counselling Practice 2011 Bridgwater College.
Advanced Certificate in Counselling 2009 Bridgwater College AQA
Certificate in mental Health Awareness Bridgwater College 2009 NCFE
Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills Bridgwater College 2008 AQA
Certificate in Counselling Skills 2007 SCAT, Taunton. CPCAB
David is on the Accredited Register of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Experience gained while working with local business owners and staff when providing Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) support.
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).
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