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."
Call me now or email to arrange your free 45 minute introductory session and take the first step on the road to a better life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Following the restrictions put in place to control the spread of coronavirus I have completed four training courses to develop the skills and knowledge to provide you with a professional, safe and secure online video counselling service.
I began counselling training in 2011 and completed CPCAB certificates in Counselling Skills (L2) and Counselling Studies (L3) over the following two years. After this, I studied at the University of Chester and qualified with an MA degree in Clinical Counselling in 2016. In the course of my MA studies I conducted a research dissertation into the reasons why young people do not seek counselling when they are experiencing difficulties.
Before opening my private practice, I was a volunteer counsellor in two Liverpool charities, Compass Counselling and The Brain Charity. In these volunteer roles, I have provided 500 hours of counselling. My clients had experienced a range of difficulties including serious health problems, life-limiting illness, relationship difficulties, bereavement, anxiety and depression, childhood abuse, 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
I have experience of short and long-term counselling and can provide either according to your preference. I offer a free initial 45-minute assessment appointment for you to talk to me about what is prompting you to seek counselling. I will explain more about how I work so you can decide if you would like to begin counselling with me. 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
I believe strongly that access to private counselling shouldn't be limited to those with good incomes. I have some sessions available at reduced rates for clients on low incomes. Please contact me to discuss your circumstances if you are unable to afford the usual session fee.
Assessment Appointment - I offer a low cost 45-minute initial appointment (£25) for you to talk about your situation and for us to find out what you hope to gain from counselling. This allows you to decide if you would like to work with me.
The 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.