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About me

I respect that you are an individual, and as such, your lived experiences are unique to you.  My practice is integrative which simply means I am able to tailor my approach to best suit your way of working.

I have experience working with clients, both men and women,  between the ages of 18 and 80 on issues including anxiety, childhood trauma,  single traumatic events, domestic violence and emotional abuse, bullying, bereavement, boarding school issues, suicidal ideation, family/relationship conflict, anger, frustration and low self-esteem.

Finding the right therapist is essential to creating an environment in which you can begin to heal.  I understand that coming to therapy can be a frightening prospect, and if you're anything like me, you'd feel better if you were armed with as much information as possible.  This is why I offer a free 20-minute initial consultation, in person or via Zoom where you will be able to ask any questions that are on your mind about the process of counselling and how it all works.  I am also happy to do this over email if you prefer.

How I work

I believe that the patterns that reveal themselves in our day to day lives and which prevent us from living wholeheartedly have their origins in the past.  These patterns can affect our relationships with others, and also with ourselves.  Acknowledging and understanding these origins can lead to healing in all areas of our lives but it requires a specific environment to be able to explore those wounds which have led to our patterns of behaviour.    Counselling provides this space and is a unique relationship that is founded on respect and authenticity, with your wellbeing always at the forefront of the work.  I create a calming and safe space to allow you to explore, at your own pace,  the issues that you are struggling with.

As a somatic psychotherapist I also strongly believe in the connection between the body and the mind.  Our bodies react in ways that we don't always understand and this can be both frustrating and frightening.  Some ways in which this might present itself are acute anxiety, panic attacks,  unexplained symptoms such as backache, headaches, and inflammation, feeling stuck or immobilised, anger issues and feeling fearful or under attack even though your mind knows you are safe.  Working with the body simply means that we draw our attention to how you are feeling physically and that I teach and invite you to be aware of these physical sensations during your sessions.  We allow those "gut feelings" to have as much say in your explorations as your words do.  By gently bringing your attention to those feelings your body and brain reconnect without the overwhelm that you might ordinarily feel.  I am currently training as a Somatic Experiencing practitioner. 

Why I work

Maya Angelou once said: "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you."  It takes enormous strength to share your story with another human being and it is a rare privilege, as a counsellor,  to bear witness to it.  Counsellors are often described as 'wounded healers' because we have all been wounded in some way.  My hope is that in the process of sharing your wounds and journeying towards healing, you will find the peace and understanding that you so richly deserve.

Where I work

Trowbridge and Online

Next steps

Get in touch for a short no-obligation session which may help you to decide if I'm the right person for you.  You will find further information on my website about counselling, and mental health in general. 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling.
  • MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy - I am currently furthering my study with a focus on Trauma and the effects on the human mind and body as well as Boarding School Survivors
  • Introduction to Somatic Experiencing® SOS Internationale
  • Certified in Mental Health First Aid


    Other Experience

    Alongside my private practice, I work with Bath Mind in their crisis support team based in the centre of Bath.

    Volunteering
    Olive Branch Counselling
    I have volunteered for Olive branch since 2019 and have worked with clients struggling with loneliness and isolation, bereavement, self-esteem, relationship break ups, family conflict and childhood trauma.

    SHOUT UK ( A text in crisis support service)
    As a crisis volunteer, I support people in the midst of personal crises.  The support ranges from school exam pressure and bullying to eating disorders, paranoia and suicidal thoughts.


Member organisations

ACC

Association for Christian Counsellors

The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK.

The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.

Accredited register membership

Association for Christian Counsellors

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Boarding School Syndrome
Childhood Trauma
Prolonged or single event trauma
Body Based (Somatic) Therapies
Parenting
Adult survivors of school bullying

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Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Free 20 minute Initial Consultation  (currently carried out via Zoom online)
50-minute session rate £40
Concessions available for student counsellors



Availability

I am currently taking new clients (face to face in Chippenham or online via Zoom)

Further information

COVID-19

Initial assessment sessions are being undertaken online via Zoom.
Face to face sessions are available in Devizes only.  Strict policies are in place to maintain government guidelines.

Online sessions are available temporarily for those who do not want face to face sessions at this time.

Trowbridge
Wiltshire
BA14

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Zoom

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Greg James Counselling - Dip. Couns, MACC

Greg James Counselling - Dip. Couns, MACC