Edward Alexander Conn BSc. (Hons)., P.G. Dip. (Couns) MBACP
I am a specialist psychotherapist with 15 years of complex case experience. My approach to psychological support focuses on the present rather than unduly on the past. I find clients want insight, advice, information and understanding of their circumstance as well as emotional support. I work with my clients to collaboratively build the outcomes they desire.
- "When I called on Edward for help, I was in a desperate and thoroughly miserable place, struggling to function day-to-day. I was struggling to make sense of a recent traumatic experience which had caused my life to completely fall apart. I was impressed with Edward's ability to get to the heart of the matter quickly; he absolutely nailed it each time I brought him a different aspect of my problems."
I understand that approaching the idea of therapy can be nerve racking, and as such my approach is very relaxed and flexible. I will build and explain an understanding of the issues you bring quickly and gently, to begin working with you toward the outcomes that you want and the quality of life you deserve.
I am happy to treat and discuss any area of mental health concerning you but specialise in a deal mostly with:
Addiction and combined with mental health (Dual Diagnosis).
"I found Edward a great help when I was dealing with depression and anxiety, and a crisis brought to the surface by alcohol. He helped me to find my way again without being in any way judgmental or prescriptive. I particularly liked the fact that his sessions were relaxed - for someone who finds it hard to talk about personal matters, I found myself able to talk openly and without fear, even when I was at my most anxious. I am grateful to Edward and I recommend his approach to therapy wholeheartedly."
"I would just like to say many thanks for your help and support with my anxiety problems . You have helped me to understand why and what was happening , explaining it to me really helped a lot . I can't thank you enough for listening to me and talking me through everything and explaining how to deal with things."
"I am doing really well at the moment and managing to hold down my job and coming down on my meds and want to say thank you so much for how much you've helped me....you helped me massively and I'm so grateful"
"Before I came to counselling, everyday was a battle. Doubting myself in everything I did, all because of anxiety. Within two quick sessions I have learned that something which was causing me such a problem could be fixed so simply. I have gone from doubting everything to being able to make composed decisions and feeling like I have control. Would thoroughly recommend to any who may be struggling!!"
"I was having a very challenging time when I first came to see Edward and this involved my entire family, in particular my partner and young son. Edward always listens and this feels very genuine; as a result you can begin to make sense of what's been going on in your personal life because he is able to explain what's happening. This has been invaluable, as I was faced with some very dark experiences that I've been able to make sense of and shift a huge sense of shame and self blame."
Trauma and and Recovery
"My previous journey(s) with counselling/talking therapy met with mixed results. With Edward however, I found a trusting, understanding listener who enabled me to move forward from a dark period. I have no doubts that his reflections paved a new way if ‘you reach rock bottom’. I found Edward incisive, helping clarify my difficult past life/work experiences. He helped enormously to identify patterns of behaviour/thinking that clouded my judgement; my day to day troubled existence and to reframe my thinking. It wasn’t easy. But it was worth persevering. And today is better. I feel secure that I will pick up again with Edward if the wheels are coming off. Recognising I needed help for multiple issues, such as addiction, loss (work, bereavement, friends, home life) I found with Edward a counsellor who could herd and guide my thoughts into a more manageable place."
Relationship and Couples.
I have a special interest in the dynamics of relationships and working with couples. Often what I see is how over time and through over familiarity and life and role changes, relationships suffer, cease to grow and quality of communication diminishes. As a result the relationship suffers as do both parties. Misunderstanding and resentment can then take a foothold. I have developed a way of working with this in a comprehensive and direct way, helping to bring problems into focus quickly and discover better ways of relating that bring meaning and trust back.
My career has been spent with over 15 years specialising in complex issues and delivering pioneering work and developing new ways of treating addictions and effective ways of dealing with anxiety, depression, life issues and personal growth.
I trained at the eminent Psychosynthesis and Education Trust in London as well as in Dual Diagnosis at Teeside University in the North East of England. I have training in hypnotherapy, PTSD and Bio-Psycho-Social approaches to mental health, well being and addiction.
My work and research has been published and I have appeared on BBC1 for my pioneering work in treating addictions, most recently I supported a journalist for The Guardian in a feature piece of complex addiction and previously appeared in The Northern Echo and The Herald (Glasgow/UK).
I have worked with so many different issues over the years it is best to contact me to discuss what I can do to support you and I am happy to talk for free over the phone for initial enquiries.
For full information view my main website: http://www.become-whole.co.uk
For addiction information in Durham: http://www.addictionconsultingdurham.co.uk
I endeavour to get back to any enquiry very quickly as I know how frustrating it can be to leave a message and hear nothing back.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked as a Dual diagnosis therapist with addictions for many years, working full time in private practice, community and charitable settings. I have been responsible for the running of and setting up of two separate specialist alcohol counselling services and managing a team of Counselling Psychology Doctorate students in training.
I have a private SKYPE based international practice for all aspects of rehabilitation and specialist addiction recovery and transpersonal crises, with clients from as far afield as Saudi Arabia, The Far East, mainland Europe and all over the UK.
My qualifications are in Business Mangement, Transpersonal Counselling and Dual Diagnosis and Complex Substance Misuse, as well as shorter courses in PTSD, addictions and many others.
1. BSc (Hons) Management and Administration Studies (Aston University)
2. P.G. Diploma. Psychosynthesis Counselling (Psychosynthesis and Education Trust)
3. Dual Diagnosis and Complex Substance Abuse. (Teesside University)
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
For more information see here: http://www.become-whole.co.uk
and here: http://www.addictionconsultingdurham.co.uk