J Anthony Welsh, MBACP, Dip. P. C. Counselling
Hello there, and welcome to my profile.
My name is Anthony, I am a BACP registered counsellor working in the Bishop's Stortford area, and my goal is simple - to help you take back control, when it comes to your own mental health.
What to Expect
So, if you seek the presence of empathy and a deep understanding, alongside a genuine manner that will never judge, please feel free to get in touch. In a similar way, if your goal in life is simply to grow on your terms, in the process, potentially finding more space to unleash that inner voice, again, I would love to hear from you (I also have an interest in working with business or the education sector, where the same principles apply).
How will Counselling help?
In a safe environment, I offer a uniquely creative, person-centred approach, where I will always try to see past any labels (including medical ones), albeit, in a respectful, mindful, and ethical way - having said that, I do have experience with a variety of issues e.g. anxiety and depression, relationship issues, 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.
To begin with, please phone or email to book an initial assessment, where we can talk openly about what you hope to gain from your counselling experience; and from there, if it feels right, we can then set up another session, with a view to seeing each other on a weekly/fortnightly basis.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training, Qualifications, Interests
I recently qualified with a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, completing over 100 hours of client work in the process (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
In the past, I have worked as a courier, in the hospitality sector, and I was also involved in an internet start-up; however, I decided to become a counsellor because I felt this was the best way to use my talents, where the core conditions held onto by the person-centred approach - namely, empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence (or being genuine) - have always felt close to home, and also, for me, a natural fit.
M.E./Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Finally, it is worth mentioning my own experience with M.E. - a condition that can involve many additional pressures - and over a long period of time; all of which provides a certain 'know-how' and a strong basis for working with a variety of issues.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Photos & videos
The fee will be £35 (for a 50 min session).
Positive Psychology is also an area that really interests me.
Client Testimonial: '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-judgemental, 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.'
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Nonetheless, there is only a gentle slope (driveway) and a small step to naviagte.
Ideally, I am looking for morning/afternoon appointments on a Tues, Wed or Thursday; however, at the moment, I am also open to other days/times, including evening/weekend appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|