James Palfreyman

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BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy, MA Trauma
Available for new clients
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Oakham LE15 & Ripley DE5
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Do you ever feel like a spectator in your own life? Maybe you feel stuck in a pattern of behaviour and don't know how to change it? Do you feel less deserving of the life you crave than everybody else? If any of this sounds like you and you are ready to explore it further, then get in touch. I have a keen interest in identity and how we see ourselves, and ourselves in relation to others. I provide a safe, non-judgemental environment where we can work through your issues or concerns at your own pace, focussing on your own personal goals.

I see all people as unique and value your life experiences and how life events may have impacted upon you. I believe that you are the expert on your own life and have the capacity and right to become the best version of yourself, as defined by you; finding contentment within your own thoughts and fulfilment within your life. I work in a way that promotes autonomy, helping you to take back control in your life, and clear some space to be able to let good things in, in the future.

I will work with you to find the triggers that impact on the way you are feeling or behaving right now, so we can explore ways that you might make the positive changes you desire. Greater self-awareness enables you to challenge negative thoughts and behaviours and see yourself through fresh eyes; allowing more control in you life and greater self-esteem.

It isn't always easy to acknowledge that we might need a little extra support in life; especially reaching out to someone that we don't know yet. We are all a work in progress and I assure you that I will handle you and your needs with care. I will listen to you, so that together we can understand and meet your needs; and make room for a more positive future

Training, qualifications & experience

I initially trained as a Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist, at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI), where I gained a First-Class BSc (Hons) degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy, and have since completed a Master's degree in Trauma Informed Practice at the University of Nottingham. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework for the counselling professions; I am also a member of the National Association of Trauma Specialists (NATS)

I am committed to continued learning and regularly attend CPD courses and events to help enhance and keep my skills up to date.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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£55.00 per session

Additional information

I offer Counselling and Psychotherapy for £55 per 50-minute session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I currently work in Ripley on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and in Oakham on Thursdays.

When you make contact, please say which location you wish to book for.

Further information

Appointments are weekly and take place at the same time and on the same day, unless otherwise agreed. (for example, every Thursday at 10.00)

I require 48 hours notice for cancellations. Cancellations within 48 hours will be billed for the full amount. Failure to turn up for agreed appointments without giving notice will be billed at the full amount and may result in Counselling/Psychotherapy being withdrawn.

Rutland Psychotherapy, 2 Market Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6DY

The Croft, Slack Lane, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3HF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

The Ripley office is wheelchair accessible. 2 Market Street, Oakham is a first-floor office and is therefore not accessible for wheelchairs.


James Palfreyman
James Palfreyman