Reg MBACP, PG Dip (Counselling & Psychotherapy)
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I aim to ensure that empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard underpin all my client work. I am person-centred and client-led and work in a non-directive way. I work hard to create the therapeutic space clients can use as feels most useful to them, offering support and gentle challenge as needed.
I have specific experience of working with LGBTQ clients and am confident and knowledgeable in working with issues including: gender identity and expression (including non-binary identities), sexuality, sex (including kink and fetishes), asexual and aromantic identities, multi-party relationships (more than 2 people) and non-monogamous or polyamorous relationships.
I have significant experience in providing employee assistance programme (EAP) time-limited work. I also have a wealth of experience working with students (university and college) and young people.
Training, qualifications & experience
James has experience of working in a number of settings - private practice, corporate/business, and in the charity/third sector. James has worked in both time-limited (usually 4-6 sessions) and open-ended (any number, decided by the client) arrangements. He has specific experience working with LGBTQ people, students (further and higher education) and young people (aged 12-25) and as part of an employee assistance programme.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP Registered, Awarded by Stirling University)
- Diploma in Relationship Therapy (Relate)
- Certification in Cyber Therapy (Online Therapy Institute)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (COSCA Registered, Awarded by Edinburgh College)
- BA [Open] (Open University)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
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Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£65.00 per session
Concessions offered for
£65 per 50 minute session (video, VoIP/phone and IM)
£35 for a one-off introductory session to new clients
When I work
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 2.30pm to 9.30pm
James grew up in North Wales and his experiences as an LGBTQ young person living in a rural area have shaped his commitment to using technology to expand specialist provision.
Prior to becoming a counsellor James undertook a number of different campaigning and public relations roles in an enormous range of policy areas including race equality, student rights, animal welfare and workers rights.
James is active in campaigning to challenge the stigma around mental health, and appropriately uses his own lived experience of mental health to work with clients to help them understand their existing coping strategies.