James Hallam, MA Int Psychotherapy, BSc(Hons) Psyc; UCKP (Reg), MBACP
At Symphony Psychotherapy and Counselling I believe in embracing an attitude towards the practice of psychotherapy that affirms the inherent value of each individual client, responding appropriately and effectively to the person at the affective, behavioural, cognitive, and physiological levels of functioning.
When someone is dealing with complex issues they can feel overwhelmed or stuck. A Psychotherapist or counsellor can support you and help to integrate the parts of yourself and your life into harmonious sense of self. This can be by looking at short term goals over a limited period of time or on a longer open ended basis.
What that means for this practice is that Psychotherapy and counselling consists of a series of techniques for treating mental health and emotional disorders. It is the process of integrating the personality: taking disowned, unaware, or unresolved aspects of the self and making them part of a cohesive personality, reducing the use of defence mechanisms that inhibit spontaneity and limit flexibility in problem solving, health maintenance, and relating to people, and re-engaging the world. It is the process of making whole.
From this stance Psychotherapy and Counselling can help with many problems including, but not limited to, Anxiety and Depression, Bereavement and Loss, Compulsive and Obsessive behaviour, Family problems, Managing Stress and Life changes, Relationship issues, Self harm, Coming to terms with past Trauma and abuse.
Finding the right therapist is very important. Please look through the information here about myself and what you can expect from me, and if you think we may be able to work together please contact me
Training, qualifications & experience
2016 - 2018 - PG-Dip In CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at Nottingham University)
2012 - Masters Degree (MA) in Integrative Psychotherapy (Awarded by University of Birmingham and training at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Institute) - Accredited by United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP)
2006 - BSc (Hons) Psychology (Open University) - Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
1998 - BSc (Hons) Computer Studies (University of Wales)
2015 - Introductory Certificate Course in CBT
2015 - On going - Diploma in Clinical Supervision (Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute) UKCP accredited
2013 - on going - Foundation / Certificate in Hypno Psychotherapy - (National college of Hypnopsychotherapy)
2014 - Mindfulness - Bemindfulonline
2013 - On going - Series of seminars / study group in NeuroPsychotherapy
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial Assessment Session (up to 80 minutes) - £45
Psychotherapy / Counselling Session - £45
(Reduced rates are available for students)
1 hour session - £25
Some evening and weekend slots available.
I work from my office on Highfield Road in Nuthall (NG16).
This is just off junction 26 of the M1 (the Ikea junction on the Nottingham City side) or 10 minutes walk from the Phoenix Park Tram stop / park and ride or 2 minutes walk from the Woodside Drive Bus stop (served by the trent barton Rainbow One bus)