About me

My name is Ian.

I am a qualified Integrative Therapist up to BA (Bachelor’s Degree, level 6). I am working towards BACP accreditation. I have many more therapy skills, which are available upon request. I regularly attend continuing professional development (CPD) courses that increase my understanding of the human condition.

I have a private practice in Aberystwyth where I see clients in a Covid-19 aware environment on a Friday, and I am able to work with clients on-line via a range of different methods using webcam at other times during the week to suit your needs.

I am in my early fifties and came to counselling as a combination of life experience and need, which pointed me in this direction. I have a working knowledge around addiction, complex PTSD, complex bereavement, adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s) and can apply the 12-step model to all of the above topics. I use a range of tools, one of which is Emotional Freedom Technic (EFT).

I volunteer with a leading bereavement charity where I also deliver supervision for other bereavement volunteers. I have also volunteered in the past for a charity dealing with childhood sexual abuse (female and male).

How the "Counselling Directory" profiling works as a therapist is that I am given a selection of boxes to tick. This, however, is quite rigid and does not reflect the difficulties/issues people experience. As an integrative therapist I truly believe my purpose is to help you realise that you already have all the answers you need inside. My job is to help you find these to your satisfaction. Every client’s personal journey always results in me learning more as well. I do not see myself as an expert in any one problem however in depth my experience may be in that subject, because to say one is an expert seems arrogant. As a high percentage of all communication is non-verbal I have completed a great deal of training that affords me the skills to hear as much with my eyes as I do with my ears. I utilise all my skills and senses to facilitate a supportive, nurturing and challenging therapeutic environment.

Our first session is a place where we can discuss your needs, what your aims are and if I am able to help. We discuss our contract with each other and decide how we move forward. All my work is supervised and I will explain how that works whilst maintaining your confidentiality. I offer one hour sessions, but if the needs of the client require longer sessions to achieve the goals this can be arranged so as not to be impacted by the fear of 'not having enough time'.

I practice in the centre of Aberystwyth. At this location I see clients face to face. The location meets all of the Covid recommendations.

I also see clients online via webcam with a range of different types of software. If required I am able to do phone counselling.

If requested walk and talk sessions are also available offering a range of beautiful walks with privacy being a consideration.

Training, qualifications & experience

2020               Online Events- Relational Depth in Counselling & Psychotherapy Mike Cooper  
2020               Cruse- On-going Telephone Support- Online Zoom training
2020BA in Counselling. BACP Accredited - Ammanford
2020               Carolyn Spring- Working with Shame.- Birmingham
2019               Cruse- Meaning and Purpose after Trauma- Hermon Community Centre
2019               Body Psychotherapy#9- Rhydlewis.
2019               Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner Course 1&2- Bristol
2019               Body Psychotherapy#8- Rhydlewis.
2019               Body Psychotherapy#7- Rhydlewis.
2018               Introduction to Emotional Freedom Technique- Bristol
2018               Body Psychotherapy#6- Rhydlewis.
2018               Body Psychotherapy#5- Rhydlewis.
2018               Body Psychotherapy#4- Rhydlewis.
2018               Cruse Supervision Training- Carmarthen.
2017               Foundation Degree in Counselling- Ammanford.
2017               Stopso- Specialist Treatment Organisation for the Prevention of Sexual Offending- Aberystwyth.
2017               Body Psychotherapy #3- Rhydlewis.
2017               Body Psychotherapy #2- Rhydlewis.
2016               Introduction to Coaching- Coleg Sir Gar.
2016               CRUSE- Endings- Llwyncelyn.
2016               CRUSE- Working with Trauma- Llwyncelyn.
2016               Body Psychotherapy #1- Rhydlewis.
2016               Rewind Course- Human Givens- Ammanford.
2016               Working with Anger- CCS- Llanelli.
2016               Working therapeutically with Groups- Coleg Sir Gar
2015               TA101-West Wales Institute for Counselling & Psychotherapy- Rhydlewis.
2015               SEREN Training- Understanding the impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Working Safely and Sensitively with Adult Survivors- Newtown Powys.
2015               Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy- Coleg Sir Gar
2015               CRUSE- Major incident Training- Carmarthen.
2015               CRUSE- Mindfulness- Haverfordwest.
2014               CRUSE- Sudden and Traumatic Death Training- Carmarthen.
2014               CRUSE- Bereavement Group Training- Narberth.
2014               CRUSE- Awareness in Bereavement Counselling- Carmarthen. + Ascentis accreditation

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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

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Additional information

£40.00 per hour.

I do have a limited amount of concessionary slots available.


I see face to face clients in Aberystwyth on Fridays. I am available 8am-8pm. For on-line counselling (Zoom, Signal or other platforms) I can be available by appointment.

Further information

I am working as a therapist because life often throws a curve ball. How you catch it can define your future.

Life events happen. They only mean you are living life, but these events can have an impact on all your personal relationships, leaving you feeling alone. Talking therapies are a way of moving forward and I look forward to sharing that journey.

3 Powell Street
Sir Ceredigion
SY23 1QQ

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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Ian Kavanagh

Ian Kavanagh