Huw MacRae Jones MBACP PhD PGDip Psychotherapy
Whatever your reasons for choosing counselling, talking about things with someone who is outside of your day-to-day life can really make a difference. Counselling is a chance for two people to work together to see what is behind distressing feelings such as anxiety or depression, a process which can ease these emotions, and make life seem more manageable.
Sometimes, distressing emotions are caused by life events, such as trauma or bereavement; other times the source of distress is less obvious. Whatever the cause, being alone with these feelings is tough, whereas sharing them with another person - though daunting - can be a relief and can help to change them.
If you are new to counselling, then chances are you will be met by a baffling array of terminology describing different practitioners’ approaches and training. Despite these differences, I feel that the most important factor in choosing a counsellor is whether you trust that person and feel that you can develop a good working relationship. I am happy to talk you through my understanding of these different approaches, including of course my own background which is in emotion-focused therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Practice (Distinction), University of Wales, Trinity St. David.
Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skill (Distinction), University of Wales, Trinity St. David.
I trained in Emotion-Focused Therapy, an evidenced-based approach combining elements of person-centred, Gestalt and existential therapies. This approach lays emphasis on the underlying emotional patterns which guide our thoughts and behaviours.
My counselling experience, both pre and post qualification, includes work with the charities Seren and New Pathways as well as Cruse and the NHS Bereavement Service. Through this work I have experience of working with clients experiencing the following:
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Depression and low-mood
- Self-harm and suicidal feelings
- Post-traumatic symptoms including flashbacks and nightmares
- Dissociative symptoms
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
Standard rate: £45 per 50 minute session.
Concessionary rate: £30 per 50 minute session.
First session free.
The concessionary rate is normally offered to those who are in receipt of a UK state benefit, those in receipt of a state pension and full-time students in higher education.
Concessions offered for
The ongoing situation with restrictions mean that face-to-face sessions may or may not be possible.
We can discuss the options for meeting face-to-face, online or telephone counselling following your enquiry.