James Agar MBACP Snr. Accred. & UKCP Reg. Psychotherapist/Supervisor

James Agar MBACP Snr. Accred. & UKCP Reg. Psychotherapist/Supervisor

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South Woodchester

01453 873528

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About me

I see adults, couples and young adults (16+) in my practice based at my home in South Woodchester, near Stroud.

I have practiced as a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor since 1988 with organisations (higher education, social services, addiction rehab,trauma services, eating disorders, bereavement) and in private practice. I have been in full time private practice since 2003.

              The chief goal of the second half of life, and that of therapy
              by the way, is to make one's life as interesting as possible. 
              That seems a modest claim, especially for a person in deep
              pain, yet our lives are an unfolding mystery, only partly in
              our control, in which we are not only the protagonist, but
              often the most amazed of witnesses...

              The more consciously we address the questions of our lives,
               the more we will experience our lives as meaningful...

               James Hollis 2003

In my practice of both psychotherapy and supervision I am interested in offering different ways of reflecting on human experience. I understand that 'nature needs nurture,' and that a person's identity can be shaped by decisions made in response to significant relationships throughout life.

Depending on the quality of these influential relationships, particularly in early life, a person's decisions and shaping of identity can become embedded in suffering and negativity. A person can define his or herself by suffering and so might come to get what she unconsciously and negatively expects, no matter how she might consciously wish otherwise.

I value the analysis, or the "loosening of the bonds" of such personal suffering that can occur in with the help of meaningful relationships such as those created with counsellors or psychotherapists.

This loosening of bonds through the psychotherapy relationship can help the client to resource his or herself more effectively in daily life. Engaging in a psychotherapy relationship can also enhance the capacity for intimacy, facilitate congruence and openness to learning, and, ultimately, serve to make life more interesting.

Training, qualifications & experience

MBACP Senior Accred. Psychotherapist, (first accredited)1996;
UKCP Reg. Psychotherapist, 1996;
MSc Psychotherapy, 1996 (Metanoia Institute)
Certified Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist 1996;
Dip Alcohol Couns & Consultation, 1987;

Supervising Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy), 2003;
MBACP Senior Accred. Supervisor (Individuals), 2002
Diploma in Casework Supervision 2002

Experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist 1988-present:
20,000+ client hours (approx.)      
Experience as a supervisor (Includes both supervision of supervision and clinical supervision) 1997- present17,000+ hours (approx.)

Employment History:

Private Practice:            Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer full time   2003-present
                                      Psychotherapist (part time) 1996-2003
                                      Counsellor (part time) 1989-1996
                                      Clinical Supervisor (part time) 1997-2003

Senior psychotherapist (part time)     Survivors of Child Abuse                    1996-2003

Psychotherapist (part time)                London Borough of Hounslow             1993-1996
                                                            Social Services Department

Student Counsellor (part time)            St. Mary’s University College                1995-1996
                                                            University of Surrey

Counsellor                                          Turning Point Ltd.                                 1990-1993
                                                            Bedford Centre Alcohol Project
                                                            Ealing, London

Counsellor                                          Turning Point Ltd.                                 1988-1990
                                                            Davies Centre Alcohol Project
                                                            Battersea, London

Counsellor (unpaid)                            City and Hackney Alcohol                   1986-1987
                                                           Counselling Service, London

Residential Support Worker                United Kingdom Housing Trust             1984-1988
Arlington House, Camden Town           London

Member organisations

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Individuals £60.00 per 50 minute session
Couples £90.00 per 75 minute session or £110 per 90 minute session (I recommend longer sessions with couples where possible.)

Further information

In my terms and conditions I ask for 7 days' notice to cancel or change an appointment.

If you decide to end therapy with me I ask that you meet for at least one or two further sessions to discuss your decision.

Maps & Directions

Stroud, GL5

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


I offer appointments between 8am and 5pm Monday-Thursday.  I currently have limited availability for weekly appointments for either supervision or therapy.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

Supervisor Qualifications and Accreditations:.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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