Ian Newman PGDip (merit), ADPD, MBACP
I am a qualified and registered counsellor working in Kent and London.
Counselling is an opportunity to explore aspects of your life that could be causing you difficulty and making you feel stuck and unable to move forward. Having someone to talk through what is troubling you in a safe and private space can help you focus on those issues and bring clarity, focus and change. As a counsellor, this is what I offer my clients - the time and space to explore and discover new ways of dealing with past and current problems.
Having worked with many male clients over the last couple of years, I am keen to work with men who are experiencing mental health problems in order to break the stigma surrounding male mental health.
I offer short, long-term and open ended counselling that will help enable you to have the opportunity to talk through the issues that you wish to explore.
Your counselling session will last for 50 minutes and will be on a weekly basis - always on the same day and at the same time.
I currently work from my home in Kings Hill, West Malling and I also offer telephone and online counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling comes in different shapes and forms, often referred to as modalities. I trained in the Gestalt approach.
I trained at The Gestalt Centre in London where I was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy Theory (with merit) in conjunction with London Metropolitan University as well as a Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills and an Advanced Professional Diploma in Gestalt Therapy.
Gestalt is relational, so as a gestalt counsellor, I would play an active role in the counselling sessions. This may be in the form of providing feedback about what I experience as an active listener; it may be to ask you to say more and focus on a particular aspect of what has been shared in order to go into more depth; it could even be to challenge you, so you can be certain about something that has been shared.
This way of working can be quite creative and dynamic and differs from other forms of humanistic therapy where the counsellor can have a more passive involvement/role.
What is crucial to Gestalt counselling and all forms of talking therapy is the importance of you-the client and your experience. Nothing is ever imposed in the counselling sessions and you will never made to talk about or do anything you do not agree to.
Working in this way – with a focus in the here and now experience - offers an approach to counselling that can be rewarding and liberating. A short explanation, such as this, does not do it justice – therefore if you would like to know more and arrange an initial consultation to see if we could work together, please contact me as I would be delighted to hear from you.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial consultation cost £30.
Counselling sessions cost £40 per session.
There may be room to negotiate costs depending on income and this will be discussed during the initial consultation.
Concessions offered for
As well as counselling, I also offer an 8-week Wellbeing MOT. These sessions are more like coaching that counselling.
Details are available on my website.