J Anthony Welsh, MBACP, BA (Hons)
*** COVID-19 UPDATE - Different Pay Schemes available ... for now, I am also focusing on online/telephone appointments ***
Hello there, and welcome to my profile.
My name is Anthony, I am a BACP registered counsellor, 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, 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 will apply).
How will Counselling help?
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, 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 short 15-20 minute conversation on the phone, 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 (ideal scenario) or WhatsApp, or on the telephone/via e-mail.
Step 3 - Assuming all goes well, more will obviously follow, and ideally, on a weekly basis (at least, early on).
Training, qualifications & experience
Training, Qualifications, Interests
I 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 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 provides a certain 'know-how', and a strong basis for working with a variety of issues.
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
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
Ideally, the day before, via Bank Transfer or Paypal.
In addition - assuming face-to-face work does return at some point - I may also go back to accepting cash.
3 Different Schemes
Option 1: Normal Rate - £35 per session (50 min)
(even in unprecedented times, there is still an argument for maintaining a certain professional standard)
Option 2: An upfront payment for the 1st 3 - £60
(a saving of £45)
Option 3: A Self-selected Fee - 15 to £45
(you select the most affordable figure within this range)
Please Note: For the duration of therapy, you will not be tied down to one or the other – in other words (within reason), if your circumstances change, you will be free to move to another scheme.
Concessions offered for
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.'