"Geoff's understanding, perception and patience enabled me to finally make sense of myself and come to terms with my history. He guided me through the darkness and helped me find peace in the midst of the chaos that was my life"
Life is a process of transition, subject to constant change and consequent anxiety. From conception, the very essence of life is change. Sometimes we may struggle to cope with and adapt to change, for example: -
- When we are confronted with unwelcome and unexpected sometimes life changing experiences or difficulties that we may find overwhelming.
- When events befall us to the extent that we lose any sense of place or purpose in life.
- When we find ourselves asking the question, "Why does this always happen to me?" or "Why do I always end up feeling bad, like this?"
- We may sense that we are changing and growing without knowing why or how to cope with it.
Alternatively, no how much we try, we may have always had a sense of not really fitting in, not belonging or not being good enough - a sense that can sabotage our well-being and hopes for a happy life.
All of the situations described are bound to be seen as a threat to our security, this response coming from deep with our primeval ancestry where physical threat was constant and we relied on the fight, flight or freeze responses, the nature of which can be readily observed in the natural world. In these modern times, our reactions to life issues are more likely to be driven by emotional responses, fuelled by the dynamic interaction between our past experiences and present events.
I see a strong relationship between our own sense of well-being and that of the natural world. I embrace this view by working in a transformational way in the growing specialisation of Wilderness & Nature Based Therapy, whether this can be facilitated in local woodland or more distant wild places.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling.
Dip. Couples Counselling.
Qualified EMDR Therapist.
Cert. Wilderness & Nature based Therapy and Coaching
Cert. Transactional Analysis
Dip. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Dip. Life, Business and Executive Coaching
Registered Accredited member British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. Reg. MBACP(Accred).
In engaging in counselling with me, you are assured of a safe, confidential and supportive environment which meets the professional standards of both these governing bodies for counsellors.
Whilst I primarily work in private practice, I also work within the NHS counselling/IAPT service on short term contracts to help the service to maintain patient waiting lists within service level expectations.
I also work with clients through Employee Assistance Programmes providers and Private Health Insurance schemes.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Wilderness and Nature-based Therapy
I charge £40 for a 60 minute session with individuals and £50 for couples sessions.
I make a small number of concessionary sessions available.
I do not charge for an initial exploratory session as it is important to me to establish that you are happy to work with me, for you to understand how I work and what outcomes you are seeking, before you make any firm commitment to work with me.
As a qualified Couples and Relationship Counsellor, I see that it is helpful to recognise that the 'relationship' people create develops a form of existence and integrity of its own which is quite apart from the expectations, aspirations and fears of the individual which can, in any event, change over time. I've never met a client who planned for a meaningful relationship to be wasted; the reality is that the intense pressure of modern life can cause us to lose sight of that which is most precious to us.
The foundation of my Couples Counselling practice is focused on the essence of the needs of the relationship and the responsibility that the individuals have for it, along with their individual expectations of it. This approach avoids a tendency for individuals to feel blamed or shamed, encouraging a constructive way of working so that issues can be explored in a non-confrontational way. I also integrate my coaching skills to facilitate a developmental process which focuses on Emotional Literacy and communication skills.
"We first visited Geoff at a low point in our relationship. We knew that deep down we had the potential to be happy but somehow we just couldn't attain this. Our own 'stuff/baggage' seemed to be getting in the way and we didn't know how to make things different. Our work with Geoff has allowed us to understand ourselves and each other better. Geoff gives us a space where we can be really honest with each other and ourselves".