MBACP, BA (Hons)
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*** COVID-19 Update - 2 Different Pay Schemes are currently available ... for now, I am also focusing on online/telephone appointments ***
Hello, and welcome to my profile.
My name is Anthony, and my goal is simple - to help you take back control, when it comes to your own mental health.
What to Expect?
If you seek the presence of empathy and a deep understanding, alongside a genuine manner that will never judge, feel free to get in touch (I also have an interest in working with the business and education sectors).
How will Counselling help?
I offer a uniquely creative, person-centred approach, where I will always try to see past any labels that may come up ... albeit, in a respectful, mindful and ethical way. I have experience with a variety of issues e.g. anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, and long-term illness. Ultimately, though, I will see you as unique, as we work together to build a trustworthy, healthy therapeutic relationship, where openness and consistency will always be key.
Step 1 - Initial contact, followed by a free 20 min conversation on the telephone, where I can find out more about you and what you hope to gain from your counselling experience, while also touching on certain elements e.g. Contracting.
Step 2 - 1st session/initial consultation via Zoom (preferable), or alternatively, on the phone - and possibly via e-mail as we go along.
Step 3 - Assuming all goes well, more will obviously follow, and ideally, on a weekly basis (at least, early on).
'After years of battling depression and anxiety, and a period where I hit rock bottom, I decided I couldn't carry on like this, so I searched for a counsellor and after looking through a list I found Anthony. I messaged him and he was very responsive. I didn't know what to expect, but I arrived to lovely surroundings and immediately burst into tears; after telling him about my issues, he was great, non-judgmental, and he really listened - just what I needed. I have been seeing him every week since, and he is really helping me deal with things. I would highly recommend Anthony, as he knows his stuff.'
'I just wanted to say a very big THANK YOU! I appreciate all of our time together and will continue to strive in getting myself better. Thank you for being part of my journey, I won't forget you!'
'Thank you for being there to listen to my troubled life, and for helping me through it.'
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified with a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, where I also completed my client hours via CICS (the Colchester Institute Counselling Service, which is accessed by a wide range of people). Other qualifications include a degree in Humanities & Philosophy, an advanced GNVQ in Business, and an Introduction to Screenwriting certificate; hence, a keen interest in potentially using creativity in my work with clients.
Experience, and what drives me as a Counsellor
I have worked as a courier, in the hospitality sector, and also, for an internet start-up. However, I decided to become a counsellor because I honestly felt this was the best way to utilise my talents, where the core conditions held onto by the person-centred approach - empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence (or being genuine) - have always felt close to home, and happily, a natural fit.
M.E./Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Finally, it is worth mentioning my own experience with M.E. - a condition that often involves many additional pressures (and over a long period of time), all of which provide a certain 'know-how', and a strong basis for working with a variety of issues.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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
£40.00 per session
Concessions offered for
To begin with, I offer all clients a free 20-min consultation on the telephone.
Via bank transfer or PayPal - ideally the day before, or failing that, on the day itself prior to the session.
Assuming face-to-face work does return at some point, I may also go back to accepting cash.
£40 per session (50 mins)
£100 for a 'block of 3' (a saving of £20)
(Please Note: Over time, you will be free to switch back and forth between the two, as and when your circumstances demand it.)
When I work
I am also interested in Positive Psychology.