Hello, I am Ian Black, Counsellor and Therapeutic life-coach working in Suffolk and Norfolk area. (Monday to Friday). In addition to Diplomas in Therapeutic Counselling Fusion Therapeutic Coaching, I am a Relate Qualified Relationship and Couples Therapist.
I currently offer telephone and online (Skype/Zoom/WhatsApp video) therapy. This has proved highly successful since the Covid Pandemic Outbreak a year ago.
A Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy BACP; I am on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
While I provide counselling whatever the area of concern, my therapeutic approach means we will work together to help you deal with life's problems, I also offer coaching and guidance. Some people want a little more from their counsellor; maybe a way of achieving goals, or focussing on the future. For this I offer a bespoke coaching programme incorporating counselling, CBT and goals-focussed coaching.
You might have issues around communication, rows and arguments, low self-esteem, stress, depression, anxiety, bereavement, or you may wish to move on with your life but find yourself stuck; we can work together to achieve the future you want.
Increasingly, due to stresses of modern living and the current restrictions, relationships can be strained, I can support you to get through the tough times.
While my approach is applicable to anyone regardless of gender, belief or background, I have experience in dealing with military and ex-servicemen and their families the pressures and strains on relationships and families, and I understand the particular issues and how you may be affected.
Training, qualifications & experience
What I can help with but not limited to
Relationships; Anger Management, Anxiety, Asperger Syndrome, Depression, Health related issues, Mens Issues, Mental health issues, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Self Esteem, Self Harm, Service Veterans, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues.
Level 5 Diploma in Relationship Counselling, Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling,; Certificate in Resource Based Therapies, Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies; Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills.
Diploma in Therapeutic Coaching 2015
City and Guilds Level Six in Management and Leadership
Diploma in Arabic
Types of therapy
Since 2011, I worked as a counsellor helping unemployed, disadvantaged and vulnerable clients to (re) gain self respect and confidence, enabling them to enter or re-enter the workplace or feel better about seeking work. Underlying issues such as self-esteem, anxiety, bereavement, relationships often act as barriers to fulfillment and I have worked with numerous clients to achieve their goals successfully. I expanded my practice to help couples and individuals from all walks of life regardless of gender, ethnicity or belief. I incorporate coaching techniques and tips to improve mood, and especially communication, the biggest cause of relationship breakdown.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Pressures around military life, including the effects on relationships and mental health.
Concessions offered for
Individual clients: £40
Couples, £50 per session
Concessions and assisted payment schemes are available by discussion.
Online Monday to Fridays, 10am-to 7pm
Clients I work with
Adults, Older Adults, couples, late teens.
How I deliver therapy
Telephone counselling/Skype etc. No Face-to-Face sessions due to current pandemic restrictions. Weekends are available by arrangement. Call, text or email to discuss the best way forward.