I am a fully qualified BACP registered Counsellor and a qualified substance misuse practitioner specialising directly in and the issues surrounding addiction.
Although I specialise in the addictions field, I also offer counselling for a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues and bereavement, however, I have a strong interest in problems surrounding addiction not only for the person suffering but for families and loved ones too. Addiction can affect all aspect of the persons life and their relationships causing distress and emotional upheaval. I have many years experience of helping families affected by addiction.
I also have my own experience of addiction issues and have been drug and alcohol free for the last 10 years. This gives me greater insight and understanding when it comes to the issues relating to addiction.
Addiction issues and problems is a vast area covering a large part of society and I deal with the core issues of addiction, not just the substances. I can offer help to people suffering with any addiction problems.
Addiction can manifest itself in many ways, I can offer help and support for the following addictions:
- Drugs (illicit and prescribed)
- Shopping and spending money
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Training, qualifications & experience
I am qualified to Diploma Level and I am a qualified substance misuse practitioner and an advanced qualified tutor in counselling and substance misuse. I have worked in the addictions field since 2005.
I also teach counselling at college level.
I chose to train in the approach of Integrative Counselling because it gave me the freedom to use a wide range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestalt, Psychodynamic and person centred counselling.
I hold over 8000 hours experience of group work facilitation helping people suffering from addiction.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Free Initial Counselling Consultation - 30 minutes
This is an opportunity for me to get to know you and your current situation and for you to meet me and to discuss if counselling is appropriate for you.
- £60 per session
- Each counselling session last from 50-60 minutes
- Reduced fees for counselling students
- Short term from 3 to 20 sessions
- All sessions take place in a private and confidential setting
Client 1 - "Before my course of counselling with Derek, I didn't know what to expect . . . I wasn't even sure if I wanted to be there. Within moments, Derek helped me to feel comfortable, I was able to speak about things I'd never spoken about before, he said things that made me feel 'not weird' for the things going on in my head and I soon realised this was my opportunity to do something special for myself.
Just 15 weeks down the line I've been able to make sense of so much, and make real changes that will benefit me and those closest to me for the rest of our lives.
Derek is brilliant at what he does, not only because of his skills as a counsellor, of which he has many, but because of his skills as a human, able to connect with other humans in a way that is so hard to find in everyday life.
Rarely will you find a more honest, wise and sensitive bloke."
Client 2 - "I initially sought counselling to assist me in dealing with a family member who has an addiction problem. I also felt I had lost touch with my true self. Derek helped me to see the role I play in building my own happiness, wellbeing, and self-esteem. He assisted me in setting and maintaining healthy boundaries in my relationships.
With his guidance I began a journey of self-discovery in which I finally understand a great deal more about myself. I uncovered the real reasons why I do certain things or feel intensely in certain situations. That awareness allows me to be more balanced and strong.
It was not always easy. Effort is required but it is truly worth it. I found the experience liberating and enlightening. What you need is an open mind and the willingness to look at things in a different way. When that willingness exists, Derek can help you to be better and feel better.
For the first time in years I feel like I am living my life as me - the genuine me. My journey will continue as long as I live, but I am stronger emotionally than I have ever been. I have taken control of my life. This is outstanding.
I thank Derek for his experience, thoughtfulness and insight. Seeking his counsel was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. If you are considering counselling with Derek, I whole-heartedly encourage you to do so!"