Ian West - Registered (MBACP)
I am MBACP Humanistic Integrative Counsellor. Over the past 10 years of working in varied fields in psychotherapy I have come to appreciate each client as unique individuals with a specific set of needs. It is not a one size fits all formula which is why I work with an integrative approach and tailor my professional skill set for each client. Finding the right therapist is as much about qualifications as it is their style and personality, I want to encourage anyone thinking about choosing a therapist to find one that fits right for you.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Alongside my private practice I work at a residential treatment center specialising in addiction related issues such as, substance misuse, depression, compulsive disorders, trauma, grief, abuse and family and relationship difficulties.
I understand the difficulties and commitment when engaging with therapy such as finding the time, anxiety about the process and financial commitment. The move to re-invest in yourself will be a rewarding and worthwhile one. Over the years I have witnessed individuals change and evolve dramatically, identifying needs and emotions and developing coping skills to manage and confront problems and begin to lead more meaningful lives.
Therapy will allow you to talk about whatever the life event or situation is that is causing you distress. I will work with you to provide you with an opportunity to begin exploring and identifying your potential for growth and change by addressing underlying issues. If you are considering therapy as a means of improving your life, then I can guide you in this endeavour.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Psychiatry, Pschopathology and Psychodynamics (2017)
- Time-Limited Psychotherapy training (2017)
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (2008/2013/2017)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (2015/17/18)
- Certificate in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (2014/15)
- Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (2015/16)
- Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (2016/18)
- Transactional Analysis training (2009/2017/18)
- Certificate in Auricular Acupuncture/Mindfulness
- Certificate in Motivational Interviewing & Skills (2009/13)
Some of my past work experience has been:
After qualifying as a counsellor I began working for a charity supporting homeless people with addiction related problems. I have worked as a Counsellor based in a residential setting providing counselling to various individuals who may present with various issues such as mental, physical, emotional, sexual and substance abuse issues
My roles include facilitating therapy groups, lectures and work shops on various topics.
As the years pass working as a clinician and my hair turns thin and then departs, I believe one of the most essential components in successful therapy is the connection between client and counsellor. This sometimes almost magical experience is not a given and doesn't always happen. When it does, generally we will both know it because we feel it and then the trust grows and our world opens up to new possibilities.
I have been in personal psychotherapy & psychodynamic therapy and regularly meet with a more experienced practitioner for clinical supervision & attend continuing professional development (CPD) events to maintain, improve and broaden my clinical knowledge and skills.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- People at a crossroads in their lives
- Dissatisfaction/emptiness in relation to life
- Couples counselling and psychotherapy
- Sexual identity and sexual confusion
- Tapping into creative potential
- Loss and change
- Alienation and isolation
- Shame, self-criticism, feelings of inadequacy and underachievment in life
- Childhood neglect and related issues
- Organisational/Workplace difficulties
- Cultural identity and displacement
- People affected by suicide
- People affected by someone else's addiction/dependency
- Adults whose parents are/were addicts/alcoholics
- Addictions (drugs/alcohol, sexual, porn, shopping, addictive relationships..etc..)
- People involved in 12-Step Recovery Programs'
I offer an initial consultation appointment for £50 where we can explore the reasons why you are seeking therapy, and for us to consider what I can offer is appropriate and then based on that discussion, to work towards a plan and book in either a short-term or a more open-ended contract. It also gives us the chance to experience how comfortable we feel in working together while creating a safe space within the process.
Individuals: £50 (50 minute session)
Low cost counselling is also available by negotiation. I hold 1 appointment available per week for low income house holds I believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to get the help they need.
Due to the nature of my work I am often not instantly available to receive incoming calls, so if you don't get me in person and are wanting to talk with me about how I work, what I can offer or to make an initial appointment, please leave/send me a clear message with your name, contact details and a good time you can be contacted and I will get back to you as soon as I can or send me an email with above information.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and adhere to the Ethical Frameworks as set out by the BACP.