James Naylor

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Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2DH
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About me

Private Counselling Practice
Individual, face-to-face counselling in a safe, contained and comfortable environment. At a pace that suits you!

I am a believer that it is you who holds the answers, though this needs careful facilitation if you are to maximise opportunities.

I am passionate, caring and above all hold myself accountable to being professional, transparent and fair; an ethical practitioner.

My Ethos
Everybody entering a therapy relationship will each have their own unique and individual experience, with some able to accept and respond to issues or stressors easier than others (this is ‘normal’ and OK!). A counsellor in private practice I do not usually set a limit to the amount of sessions, though some may prefer this, and I too may suggest a frequency and duration.
Whilst client and therapist may utilise core principles or approaches and ideas of many theoretical orientation within the 1-hour session, more importantly is the relationship between both parties, enabling a less directive and still, focused session and therapy. Likely, material will unfold which requires prompt attention and addressing, possibly extending the course of treatment further. I am open to and have capacity for working on a short-term and long-term basis, maintaining a mutually agreed focus toward an expected safe therapeutic ending.

I understand individuals may have clear goals in which it is preferred one may wish to attain through treatment. Although, quite often it can be hard to pinpoint a desirable outcome upon beginning therapy when experiencing a muddled view of a current distress or situation or relationship, which one is less at ease with or can see no way out (a spaghetti junction comes to mind!).

My belief is that it is the process of relating, exploring, and feeling or coming into contact with oneself which through collaborative relational dialogue opens up avenues otherwise left hidden, buried or untouched. Whilst this may sound exposing and frightening (it is!), attempting to come into touch with our, to use Winnicott’s term ‘True Selves’ can enable new insight and room for opportunity to move onwards, thus resulting in a breaking free from our ‘False Selves’; pleasing others or being what others want you to be, ridding oneself of old/current habits, or putting a stop to repeating unhelpful behaviours or unhealthy relationships, making room for the ‘Real You!’. This, enabling you to maximise your opportunities and growth.

About Me
Cornwall born and bred; I have lived here all my life in various areas of the County. I enjoy living now in the North East of Cornwall. Cornwall is known and adored by many for its wide open and sandy beaches, hidden coastal walks and wooded areas as well as the open greenery. Even the weather is uncertain amongst the seasons adding to Cornwall’s uniqueness. Within Cornwall’s landscape I get my enjoyment from walking and running, swimming and taking in the tranquillity Cornwall has to offer. When not outdoors I enjoy reading for personal pleasure and professional development, also listening and attempting to play music.

I am a male counsellor in private practice, working from my private office based in Bodmin, Cornwall. I am qualified and fully insured to practice in the UK, and a registered and accredited member of The National Counselling Society (NCS) https://www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org/counsellors/ncs19-08691 abiding by Its “Code of Ethical Practice” [ https://www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org/about-us/code-of-ethics/ ]
The core modality throughout my training is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which I use alongside my continuous personal and professional training, experience, and knowledge of other psychotherapeutic theories (Psychoanalytic and Jungian/Analytical Psychology), thus broadening my approach in delivering an individual face-to-face talking therapy.

I am also a student on a post qualifying training, learning and developing new and existing knowledge and skills to working therapeutically with children and young people, who have experienced/ing trauma, abuse and neglect. Of particular importance is the systemic approach, acknowledging and supporting the wider network surrounding a child; the parent/s or primary caregiver/s, the education system and other health or social care systems supporting an individual, for instance, foster or social care agencies or the criminal justice system.

Irrespective of culture, race, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation and any other personal characteristics, I am respectful of individuals’ beliefs and values, wishes and concerns, and aim to facilitate a safe and contained and welcoming therapeutic environment, and very importantly a therapeutic trustful relationship.

My Experience
Over a third of my life has been spent gaining experience and knowledge into the unique workings of human psychology and motivation; what makes us work or not work?! And, how to offer care and support for those who desire it.
I have been fortunate enough to discover, work and explore many areas of interest within the field of health and social care, including; autism and learning disabilities/difficulties, general physical health conditions and illness as well as end of life stage care in NHS community hospital inpatient and community-based home intervention care. Building upon this experience, I have developed my skills and awareness and knowledge within severe and enduring, chronic and acute mental health inpatient care, as well as primary care treatment working with common mental health conditions, drug and alcohol misuse, and self-harm and injury and suicide, as well as areas of social deprivation as in homelessness, domestic violence and abuse, sex working and sexual exploitation. Inevitably my areas of work have enabled my working practise to identify and manage risk safely among services, keeping strict confidential records and methods for reporting, engaging in the safeguarding of children, vulnerable adults and all individuals whom I come into contact with.

My roles within this field has enabled me to support children, adolescents and adults requiring various levels of support, guidance or treatment, within a multitude of settings; community or residential care, general inpatient and psychiatric inpatient wards, police custody and court cells, drug and alcohol clinics and specialist mental health units; eating disorder units and mother and baby units.

Within my work I communicate closely with many professionals, of various clinical teams, such as nursing, psychiatry and psychology, community crisis and forensic psychiatric teams, approved mental health professionals and deprivation of liberty safeguards teams, local child and adult safeguarding teams, academia, psychotherapy and counselling teams, police and prison service, drug and alcohol teams and other private/voluntary or charities/Community Interest Companies, I come into contact with.

Training and Qualifications
I completed my counselling training in Cornwall, qualifying with a level 4 diploma in Counselling Practice. The core module or approach for theory and practice in my training is CBT and an optional module working with trauma. This, awarded by AIM awards and the course accredited with The National Counselling Society (NCS), meeting Professional Standards Authority (PSA) regulations https://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/what-we-do/improving-regulation/our-standards

I have continued my learning, currently undergoing a post qualifying training in working therapeutically with children and young people, who have a trauma/s, experienced or experiencing emotional abuse and/or neglect. This training is not only important to the clinical practice of treating and supporting children and adolescents. The belief that every child matters and has the right to a childhood full of opportunity and most importantly love and safety, is the core component to healthy development into adulthood, thus tracing the origins of our adult self, to those earliest emotional experiences and relationships is key in supporting individuals of all ages..

Aside my counselling qualifications, I have a Higher National Certificate in Applied Psychology, awarded by Plymouth University.
I have used my health and social care, psychology and counselling qualifications, training and experience of study to develop my working practise, for instance, managing a high caseload of service users with addictions, undertaking assessments, measuring outcomes from treatment and support, as well as analytical and research skills to expand my repertoire of theory and improve my practise and technique. Although my learning is always ongoing, developing and interesting.

Continuous Professional Development and Theoretical Interests
I have a wide interest in counselling and psychotherapy. Some of my trainings have led to my explorations of particular theoretical modalities, such as Psychoanalysis – from Freud to Klein, Winnicott to Lacan, Laplanche, Foucault and Miller, to name a few. Also, an avid interest in Analytical Psychology, the originating work of C.G. Jung. I am in a long-term Jungian analysis which is an enormous contributor to my personal and professional development.I am also interested in more recently developed forms of therapy or therapies aimed to improve access for those suffering with particular mental illness, disorder or problems, for instance; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) – used to treat anxiety and depression, bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia and personality or eating disorder/s.
Most recently though my attention has been drawn toward emotional regulation and dysregulation, evidenced from a neurobiological and attachment theory approach, and what neuroscience can teach or show us about affect, the importance of early emotional learning and brain growth/development, and areas or hemispheres of the brain localised for particular emotional responses. This is particularly important to understanding behaviour in children and adults whom have experience emotional trauma, physical abuse and/or neglect; whereby areas of the brain (neurons/transmitters) not used or responding due to say lack of touch, sense of feeling and love, and safety or security by the primary caregiver makes them redundant at early infancy a stage of greatest plasticity, essentially depriving the capacity for developing a full personality.
Interestingly, there are links between early therapeutic work of psychoanalytic theory and more contemporary psychotherapy modalities and sciences.
Some interesting and contemporary clinicians I have had the pleasure to read only thus far are Graham Music, Anne Alvarez and Allan Schore, to name a few.

Training, qualifications & experience

Level 2 Safeguarding Children

Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide and Self-Harm

PREVENT Training (Risks of radicalisation)

Seminar led by Graham Music, Reflection on Trauma: Exploring clinical approaches through the lens of neurobiology, attachment theory, psychoanalysis and the body.

Introduction to the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis training in Clinical Psychoanalysis.

Mental Health First Aid.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

Qualifications currently studying towards
Studying and in training towards a Level 5 Post-Qualifying Diploma for Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People.

Remaining two years of the BSc Honours Psychology.

Qualifications achieved
Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice

Level 4 Certificate in Approaches to working with Trauma

Level 4 Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Theory

Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Applied Psychology

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies - Person Centred Counselling.

Level 3 National Vocational Qualification in Health and Social Care

Level 2 National Vocational Qualification in Health and Social Care

Aset Diploma in Criminology.

GCSE’s: Math, English, Science, Information Technology, Design Technology, Religious studies, Art and Design, Business Studies.

Current Employment/training and Duties

Counsellor James Alexander Naylor Private Counselling Practice, Bodmin, Cornwall:

Assessment and development of treatment plans for clients based on diagnosed condition, clients’ wishes, and other lifestyle aspects.
Use of cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to address mental health conditions and improve client outcomes during a crisis.
Careful exploration through clients’ history and present issues, to identify sense of meaning and self or identity.
Referrals taken from the individual, community mental health teams or GP, as well as affiliations with a local (AAAIB) counselling service.

Counsellor (Sub-contractor) CBT Clinics, Nationwide, UK:

Short-term EAP/Insurance counselling treatment. Development of treatment plans for clients based on diagnosed condition, clients’ wishes, and other lifestyle aspects.
Use of cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to address mental health conditions and improve client outcomes during a crisis.
Careful exploration through clients’ history and present issues, to identify sense of meaning and self or identity.

Trainee Therapist with CLEAR (Children Linked to and Experiencing Abusive Relationships), Cornwall:

Studying and practicing towards a Post-Qualifying Diploma for Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People.
Supporting individuals experienced/ing abuse, neglect and emotional trauma.

Previous Experience and Duties

NHS Support Worker; Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Early Intervention in Psychosis, Bodmin:

Supporting individuals through their first presentation with psychosis, delivering psycho education and promoting recovery, making sense of and coming to terms with psychological distress and symptoms. Encouraging healthy lifestyles, social inclusion and promoting development.

Referral Coordinator, Private Secure Mental Healthcare Ambulance Service, Cornwall:

24 hour on-call service, taking referrals for the transfer of patients either informal or formally detained under a section of the UK Mental Health Act, from community/police custody or hospital into another hospital as required, including forensic/secure hospitals and prisons, both regionally and nationally, including repatriation to home communities.
Liaising with psychiatrist, approved mental health professionals, other health and social care teams/staff, as well as police and other emergency services.
Identifying and developing/improving service provision, through analysis of recorded information, i.e. patient records, physical risk and company risk, quotes for public service and private transfer funding, auditing, and management reviews and meetings.

Recovery Coordinator, Addaction, Truro/Looe/Liskeard/Bodmin:

Assessment and development of treatment plans for clients based on diagnosed addiction, clients’ wishes, and other lifestyle aspects associated with working toward recovery from alcohol, prescribed or illicit substance misuse.
Used cognitive behavioural therapy techniques and other psychosocial evidenced-based models to address mental health issues/conditions and improve patient outcomes during a crisis, such as psychosocial difficulties, i.e. housing, benefits, employment, criminal justice service, communication skills.
Assessment, and liaison with specialist addiction doctors setting up detox and relapse prevention treatment plans, for differing levels of detox/rehabilitation requirements.

Healthcare Assistant, NHS - Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust, Bodmin, Cornwall:

Supporting individuals with acute, chronic or severe and enduring mental health illness;
safe handling of violence and aggression;
enhanced communication skills with direct patient care, and multi agencies/professionals;
maintained mandatory and voluntary training and established a leading role.

Prisoner Custody Officer, GeoAmey, Bodmin Magistrates, Cornwall:

Responsible for the safe handling and care of prisoners/custodies awaiting court appearance;
professional conduct in a court setting;
maintaining human rights of custodies and working within national and regional legislation and local policy;
appropriate and safe use of custody cells and specialist vehicles to transfer custodies safely;
handling and completion of legal secure and confidential documentation.

Student - University of Plymouth, Knowledge Spa, Truro, Cornwall:

A student of Mental Health Nursing, studying HE Diploma.
Academic, ethical and practical skills gained, not completed.

Spectrum – Autism and Learning Disability, Cornwall:

Health and social care role supporting individuals with learning disabilities/Autism and Aspergers Syndrome living in supported residential setting;
developed communication skills;
team working skills, developed my ability to work on an individual basis;
managed my time to obtain health and social care NVQ's levels 2 & 3;
encouraging and promoting individuals' rights to activities, life and social inclusion.

Member organisations

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am currently midway through a specialist children and young people training, working therapeutically with those surviving abuse and emotional trauma.

I am passionate about using my own emotional world; thoughts, feelings and prejudice to drive my professional approach to ultimately supporting a child or young person in need.

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA

Additional information

£50 per individual 60 minute hour session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I provide a private counselling practice Monday to Friday with some evening availability also. Please discuss due to the ever changing availability.

Further information

Male counsellor with a wealth of experience in areas of mental health services and addictions.

First Floor Front Right Office, 10 Turf Street, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2DH

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme


James Naylor
James Naylor