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About me

I am an experienced counsellor who provides a safe and confidential service for adults, of all ages, in Lincoln and beyond. I am committed to creating a therapeutic service that supports and empowers you, as an individual, to regain meaning and purpose in your life.

Many people experience periods of feeling distressed, trapped, or overwhelmed by their thoughts and feelings during challenging times. It can feel a real struggle during these times, but counselling can assist you to gain greater clarity about the experience, and assist in regaining balance in your life. As a counsellor I promote and aim to improve positive mental health and emotional wellbeing as I believe strongly that together they produce better results.

I am predominantly a person centred Counsellor, who draws upon other therapeutic models of counselling, to give you the opportunity to restore balance into your life.

I have experience of a wide range of emotional issues including:

  • Anxiety, confusion, fear, panic attacks and feelings of not coping.
  • Bereavement and loss.
  • Low self worth, lack of confidence, and feelings of inadequacy.
  • Separation.
  • Depression including low mood, tearfulness, and intense sadness.
  • Loss of meaning and purpose in life, life changes such as redundancy and retirement.
  • Work stress.
  • Bullying.
  • Post traumatic stress.
  • Addictions.

Benefits of Counselling for the individual:

  • Less anxiety and stress
  • A greater sense of direction
  • Increase in self-confidence and motivation
  • Relief from distressing emotions, low mood and depression
  • Greater resilience and healthier ways of coping with difficulties
  • More satisfying relationships with others
  • Improved sleep and general health
  • Increase in self-awareness.​

“I truly experienced the relationship of trust in the counsellor and felt that Ja​mes was really helping me to work t​hrough the issues we discussed.” ​

- J.W

“James is a great listener with a gentle and calm manner and makes me feel that I am in a safe space. I have been able to vent, cry and all the rest and can’t have been the easiest of clients but he never let that show. He has helped me go from suicidal to a new positive way of dealing with my emotions and issues in a short space of time. I feel as though I have a future to look forward to thanks to his help and guidance. Thank you so much James!”

- H.H

I do provide counselling session via video or telephone at present but hope to start face to face sessions again shortly.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MSc Psychology (currently undertaking)
  • BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Certification
  • L2 Certification in Equality and Diversity
  • L3 Mindfulness Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

National Counselling Society

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

£40 session (1hr)

Availability

Appointments available 7 days a week.

Lincoln
Lincolnshire
LN2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Families
Groups
Organisations

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James Relf Dip.Couns MNCS (Accred) MBACP

James Relf Dip.Couns MNCS (Accred) MBACP