Group Therapist - MSc. Dipl. Cert. UKCP
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Hello, I'm James, I am a qualified and UKCP registered psychotherapist and have been working in Bristol since 2014. I am offering Group Therapy.
I’ve had a long-standing interest to know how I can have a deeper sense of being comfortable in my own skin, and more connected with other people. I believe that to know and understand yourself, is fundamentally important for a psychotherapist to enable someone else to explore themselves.
Group therapy - here's what you can expect.
Being in a therapy group offers a unique opportunity to explore and share and support others with personal themes as they arise in the here and now of the group meeting. Most of our personal wounding happened in relationship and relationship can be profoundly healing; we will attend to relational processes in the group, inviting creativity and curiosity into how we relate to ourselves and others.
You have the opportunity to explore thoughts, feelings, wishes, longings, reactions and experiences as they arise. Typical themes include intimacy, isolation, anger, anxiety, difference, joy, fun, shyness, shame, guilt, grief, loss, belonging, love, fear, spirituality and sexuality. This provides therapeutic work in itself or additional support to the work of individual therapy.
As in all therapy, building trust and safety is of primary importance.
Once the group has formed and is experienced by participants as supportive it becomes possible for group members to feedback to each other in respectful and constructive ways.
Participants are encouraged to talk about any personal or relationship issues relevant to the problems and goals that led them to therapy. Emphasis will be placed on examining the relations between members, as they arise in the here-and-now. The group will often be asked to share their impressions of one another in a constructive way, without judgement or blame; thoughts, fears, and positive feelings.
Disclosure about oneself is necessary to get the most from group therapy, you disclose at your own pace and there will be no pressure to do so. The group is not a place to impart or offer advice to others, but to share from your heart, who you are, to experiment with being more fully yourself. When we hear others disclose from their heart’s similar feelings or experiences to our own, we feel less isolated and more in touch with the world.
There is huge potential in confiding in, and ultimately being validated and accepted by others. If you'd like to know more, please get in touch with any questions or to arrange your free initial online session.
Training, qualifications & experience
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I worked with organisations as a 1:1 coach and facilitator for over 15 years. In my 40s, I trained in a five-year MSc in Gestalt (humanistic approach) at Metanoia Institute, Middlesex University.
I studied for a 1-year Gestalt Group Facilitation certificate at the Edinburgh Gestalt Institute, attended Rich Hycner's 3-day 'Therapeutic Artistry' workshop in 2017, and qualified in CBT approaches to Stress Management.
- Diploma in Contemplative Supervision, Karuna Institute
- MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy, Middlesex University
- Certificate in Stress Management (CBT approach)
- Clinical Diploma in Gestalt Therapy, Middlesex University
- Certificate in Group Facilitation, Edinburgh Gestalt Institute
- Certificate in Psychological Coaching (CBT Based Training) Centre for Coaching
- BA Hons. in Social Sciences (Psychology)
- Introduction to Gestalt, London Gestalt Centre
Retreats and programmes
I ongoingly undertake regular activities to further my understanding of myself (e.g. Buddhist retreats, Mindfulness retreats, personal therapy). Most recently, I have become part of the Diamond Approach UK Group 4 which now forms the mainstay of my support and inquiry into life.
- 2019 Pacific Gestalt Institute Residential Training Programme, LA (10-day)
- Introduction to Focussing Weekend
- 2019 Gianni Fransceti International Training Programme, IPSIG. Turin (Personality disorders: borderline experiences/Panic, panic disorder and anxiety)
- 15 years coaching 1:1 with managers and graduates in organisations
- 15 years facilitating self-awareness and emotional intelligence groups in business
- Running mindfulness groups in schools
- Samaritans Volunteer
- Youth Mentoring
- The Swan Project, Bristol Addiction Charity
- Cotswold Counselling, Cirencester
- The Listening Post, Stroud
I came to my own therapy in a desire to understand myself better, and throughout my life, my ongoing development and growth has been central to how I live. I've attended retreats and training programmes, from spirituality to mindfulness and bodywork, to explore my self and keep growing.
Recently, I began teaching Psychotherapy and Counselling on the Advanced Diploma at the Gestalt Centre Wales and then took up the role of Primary Tutor on the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling programme in Sept 2021. In 2022 I have completed my training as a Supervisor and now offer supervision to therapists and counsellors.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
- Free initial online session
- £45 mins, 2 hour group session (weekly)
If you are interested in joining the group, please drop me a line and I will make time for us to have a conversation.
When I work
From September 2022, I will be running a Tuesday evening group for 4-8 people, and a Thursday afternoon group with a colleague in Bath.