Existential therapy is essentially philosophical. It is about coming to terms with life, the world and oneself. It is about facing the worst while preparing for the best, becoming equal to the task of living well while aiming for authenticity and wisdom.
The style of counselling I practice is also practical, rooted in concrete problems of today. It incorporates humanistic and cognitive approaches; and my business background enables me to support you with professional and work related matters. I adapt the emphasis depending on your needs.
It is about us working together to help you find new meanings and direction.
"I realise now that if you had told me what my problems were it wouldn’t have worked, I needed to find out for myself – with you there, us exploring together".
(Said by a client towards the end of his therapy).
It gives you space to think things through and gain fresh perspectives on your concerns. We will look at how you currently live your life so we can see where some thoughts, behaviours or beliefs may be undermining or limiting you. Through understanding yourself better you can evaluate your options and see how you can overcome present difficulties. In turn you can find a renewed sense of direction and zest for life.
"The surprising thing has been breaking down the amorphous mass of yuk into component parts that I could think about rather than just feeling 'I've been done over' and 'I've lost my family'. I was falling into depression but now am experiencing little moments of joy."
(Said by a client who had gone through a difficult time with his family business).
Counselling can help you become more accepting of yourself, more relaxed and happier. The focus is on current dilemmas and your hopes for the future. It is forward looking.
Issues I've helped clients with include:-
• anxiety and stress
• life crises and dilemmas
• bereavement and loss
• depression, despair and alienation
• feeling empty and directionless
• relationship difficulties
• separation and divorce
• professional and work related concerns
• incapacity, illness and ageing
People often start therapy because of a sudden crisis such as divorce, bereavement, illness or redundancy. Others come because of a 'slow burn' crisis like chronic anxiety that makes every day an exhausting struggle.
Having worked through their original issue people often surprise themselves by going on to find well-being they did not have before, becoming a revitalised, more ‘filled out’ person.
“I came to get for help with my bereavement. I hadn’t expected it to make such a big difference to all of my life.”
(Said by an older female client at the close of our work together).
There is no age barrier. It is never too late to make sense of life and find peace of mind.
Training, qualifications & experience
My professional qualifications are
MA in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling, Sheffield University. 2005
Accredited Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). 2005
Accredited Mediator. RSPP, Regent’s University. 2002
Certificate in Existential Supervision and Group work. 2009
Member of The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Member of the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA)
Member of the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA)
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Chronic illness and pain
End of life
Concessions offered for
£75 an hour
£60 for supervision with qualified therapists
£50 for supervision with trainee therapists
Week daytime and Saturday mornings
Before becoming a psychotherapist I worked in business and IT for many years, was a management consultant and also non-executive chairman of a city IT company.