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'.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available on weekdays during the day time and evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|