Guy Polkinghorne, MSc, Dip. Couns, MBACP
Hello, I am a BACP registered counsellor and psychotherapist with particular experience in helping people with anxiety, depression, low self confidence, addiction and bereavement. I offer short and long term counselling and psychotherapy to adults and young people (12+).
I work during weekdays and evenings from my home in the centre of Bath, which provides a safe and confidential place to meet. The rooms are easily accessible by car (there is plenty of parking close by), by bus or on foot from the railway station.
I offer an initial session to give you the chance to tell me in confidence what is troubling you, to ask any questions you might have, and for you to see if I am the right counsellor for you.
When we go on to work together, you will have the time and space to talk about whatever is troubling you, and for you to be really heard and understood. I will try to help you resolve your concerns by enabling you to feel safe, accepted and supported without judgement. We will work together, establishing a relationship which allows you to get to know and understand yourself better.
Your choice of whom you see for counselling or psychotherapy is an important decision. You are going to want to talk about personal issues, perhaps sharing deeply sensitive information, so it is important that the person you choose is someone you can trust and feel comfortable with.
I am hoping that you will choose me, but if you don’t please remember to check that, like me, your counsellor is qualified, belongs to a professional counselling or psychotherapy body, adheres to a code of ethics and is properly insured.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor (CPCAB, BACP) experienced in working with people to help resolve their difficulties, gain insight, and to grow. I have a Diploma in Person Centered Counselling, which enables me to work safely and effectively with the general public.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and appear on their Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I have been working 1:1 with people in various ways for the last 30 years including outplacement counselling, coaching, and counselling. Apart from my counselling qualification I have a degree in Psychology and Sociology, an MSc in Human Resource Management, and a Diploma in Coaching.
All of my work is supervised monthly on a 1:1 basis by a qualified supervisor, and I am also part of a peer supervision group. My intention is to continually learn, improve and stay safe in my work.
I regularly attend continuing professional development (CPD) events to improve my knowledge and skills. Examples of CPD include 'Childhood issues which impact adult life', 'Working with blocked anger', 'Autism and Aspergers Syndrome', 'Understanding sex addiction', and 'Counselling children and young people'.
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
I charge £50 per counselling or psychotherapy session.
I have a few lower fee places, which are available for those on genuinely low incomes.
All sessions are 50 minutes in length.
How do I know who is the right counsellor for me?
When you talk to a counsellor, you should feel you can trust them and that you would be comfortable talking with them about very personal thoughts and feelings. If you don’t feel this is the case, you may want to consider finding someone else who you feel is more suited to you. You may want to meet with more than one counsellor before choosing someone.
How long does counselling take?
Counselling can be just a few sessions but it may continue over several weeks or months. This depends on your individual situation. Your chosen counsellor should discuss this with you before and during your counselling.
For more information please visit my website at the top of the page.