James Williams | Registered MBACP | Counselling & Mindfulness | HSP Therapy
When you are feeling low, sad, stressed, anxious or depressed, or you’re experiencing relationship issues, talking to a counsellor can really make a difference. Help with these difficulties can be achieved through a process of self-exploration within a safely held, honest, non-judgemental, empathic and trusting counselling relationship. These are the core conditions for person-centered therapy.
I am experienced in counselling people from all walks of life, including parents, carers, LGBT and young adults. I have specialist expertise in working with highly sensitive people (HSP) and parents of highly sensitive children (HSC).
I work in a person-centred way which means I will listen closely and be sensitive to your needs focusing on the relationship between us. I will be warm and open providing empathy, trust and presence. With these relationship qualities it is always my intention to hold a safe space for you to explore your inner experience without judgement and create the potential for you to feel more at ease.
I understand that deciding to see a counsellor can be difficult. You might be feeling uneasy, vulnerable, confused or overwhelmed. I’m sensitive and easy to talk to, and will listen closely to your needs, focusing on the relationship between us.
In our relationship, I will provide warmth, openness, empathy, trust and sensitivity. With these qualities, it is always my intention to hold a safe space for you to explore your inner experience without judgement and create the potential for you to feel more at ease.
Please feel welcome to get in touch to discuss any queries you may have about counselling with me. I am happy to arrange a one-hour reduced fee (£30) introductory session. This can help you to get a feel for whether I might be the right therapist for you and gives you an opportunity to ask me any questions. It also allows me to understand your needs and issues more thoroughly and to see whether my approach is appropriate for you.
If we feel that we can work together, then we can arrange to talk on a more regular basis, ideally weekly. Each session lasts for one hour and costs £50.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & Qualifications
- Certificate in Counselling, Iron Mill College, Exeter, Devon
- BACP Accredited Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, Iron Mill College, Exeter, Devon
- Mindfulness for Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), The Sharpham Trust, Totnes, South Devon
- Existential Therapy Workshop with Mick Cooper, Iron Mill College
- Psychotherapy and The Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) licensed therapist with Dr Elaine Aron, author of The Highly Sensitive Person and The Highly Sensitive Child. Also listed on Elaine’s Highly Sensitive Person website as a resource for parents of highly sensitive children: https://hsperson.com/resources/for-parents-of-hsps/
- Parenting from the Inside Out - Course for Mental Health Professionals, Mindsight Institute, Dr Dan Siegel
- Volunteer counsellor for Counselling for Carers Charity since 2017
- Experienced in counselling parents, carers and highly sensitive people.
- Published author of a collection of books to help understand highly sensitive children and to support them along with their parents, family, friends and carers.
As a farmer’s son who previously worked for the National Farmers Union (NFU) and studied agriculture at Harper Adams Agricultural College, I also have an interest in supporting the mental health of farmers, farmers’ sons and farm workers.
BACP Registered Member 377147. I aspire to follow the BACP Ethical Framework, a copy of which is available online www.bacp.co.uk
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.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
HSP licensed counsellor/therapist, psychotherapy and counselling for Highly Sensitive People (HSP).
Mentoring and counselling for parents and carers of highly sensitive children (HSC).
NHS and carer wellbeing support.
Each session lasts for one hour, unless we have previously arranged otherwise.
The first introductory session is at a reduced fee of £30.
£50 is then my standard charge for each subsequent session.
I have a limited number of concessionary spaces for people on low incomes and student counsellors. Please contact me for more details.
Payment is by card or bank transfer at the beginning or end of a session whichever you prefer.
Concessions offered for
Dad, husband, author, counsellor – I am many things, but above all I aspire to be a compassionate, generous person who supports and helps others. I do this through my writing about high sensitivity and through my therapy practice based near Totnes in South Devon.
I have had a broad and varied experience of life. I was born and brought up on a small dairy farm in North Shropshire, England, and I went on to study a BSc (Hons) degree in Agri-food Marketing and Business Studies at Harper Adams University. Subsequently, I worked in the farming, wine, restaurant, insurance and financial services industries, before relocating to Stoke Gabriel for a new, quieter life as a counsellor and fully present dad.