CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - To meet the needs of clients who wish to receive 'in person' counselling rather than sessions over video, I am providing a "Walk and Talk" service. I will meet clients at an agreed location and conduct sessions over the course of a 60 minute walk.
At the moment you may be finding life uncomfortable, upsetting or challenging. Many people feel this way at some point in their life. You might be feeling unsettled by recent or sudden changes, or you might be finding that events and feelings from the past have reached the point where you aren’t managing them so well and you would like to feel better.
My counselling is Person-centred. I will listen carefully, without judgement, and respond with empathy and honesty to show what I have understood of the experiences, thoughts and feelings you have shared. I will also explore with you how you want to change things in your life.
Counselling can enable you to move towards the self you want to be by focusing on your values and experiences. This can make life more rewarding as you are able to be more authentic and do more of the things that matter most to you.
Feedback from a recent client - "Guy would push me, while maintaining a careful awareness of my limits, to question my feelings and thoughts. He’d never propose scenarios - even if to an onlooker they were blatantly obvious – but instead he’d allow me to reach the right conclusions for me at my own pace. He conducted himself with grace, kindness and compassion throughout, and I always felt like he had my back...I never thought, in all my 31 years, that I would feel so empowered and proud of the person I am. I finally feel comfortable in my own skin."
Training, qualifications & experience
I began training in 2011 and have over 650 hours experience of working with clients since 2015. I studied at the University of Chester and qualified with an MA degree in Clinical Counselling in 2016.
Before beginning in private practice, I was a volunteer counsellor in two Liverpool charities, Compass Counselling and The Brain Charity. I have worked with clients experiencing a range of difficulties including serious health problems, life-limiting illness, significantly challenging relationship difficulties, bereavement, anxiety and depression, PTSD, compulsive behaviour, childhood abuse, seeking meaning and purpose in life and pressures of working and family life.
In addition to my initial training I have completed courses including in the following areas:
- Managing risk when working with clients having suicidal thoughts
- Working with clients with long-term health conditions
- Transgender Diversity and Equality Awareness
- Supporting clients following sudden bereavement
- Counselling Children and Young Adults
- Trauma, PTSD and the Healing Process
- Counselling remotely using video platforms
- ‘Walk and talk’ counselling
I have experience of short and long-term counselling and can provide either according to your preference. If you have a condition that prevents you from coming to my counselling room- I will be happy to discuss the option of home visits.
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
Concessions offered for
Private counselling shouldn't only be available to those with good incomes. If you regard yourself as living on a low income and are unable to afford the usual session fee, please contact me to discuss your circumstances. The standard fee for each session is £45 and is payable before the session in cash or by bank transfer. If you request a home visit, I will also charge travelling expenses that will be agreed in advance.
My working hours are flexible. Please contact me to discuss your preference for an appointment time.