Jeremy Boughey, Counsellor Psychotherapist, PGDIP (MBACP), MSC Health Policy
'Banish The Crows' Independent Counselling Psychotherapy
St. James House
'Banish the Crows' Independent Counselling Psychotherapy provides a safe, therapeutic space to explore and be at ease with your past, recognise your present situation, and aspire to a different, better future that is free of emotional and psychological impediments. An independent offering, Banish the Crows is the private practice of Jeremy Boughey, an experienced, credible therapist with over twenty-five years experience of working with and being passionate about people and their emotional, psychological, and mental health and well-being. Alongside his independent therapy work Jeremy is a lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at Staffordshire University.
Qualifying in 2017, I am an integrative counsellor psychotherapist. Integrative therapy is a combined approach to counselling and psychotherapy that brings together different therapy styles. Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. The most common type of integration is where the therapist has a solid grounding in one theoretical approach that is accompanied by a willingness to carefully incorporate techniques from other therapeutic approaches.
My grounded style operates from the belief that the inner conflict, within a person, is due to that individual's confrontation with the givens of their existence and their relationship with life, their lived experience and ultimately, their death. My work is based on the idea that we are strongly motivated, as human beings, to live purposefully and meaningfully, and that we find meaning in life as a result of responding authentically and humanely to life's challenges. In this sense, I believe that:
- Life has meaning under all circumstances, even the most challenging and miserable ones.
- Our main motivation for living is our will to find meaning in our life.
- We have freedom to find meaning in what we do, and what we experience, or at least in the stance we take.
- Sometimes we need guided help and support to address these concepts and to understand the guilt, suffering or exposure to death or the threat to our living that often precludes our 'existential crisis'.
My style incorporates a dynamic, analytical method and is used to help the person discover ‘clues’ to their unease and distress and to then consider alternative ways of viewing and overcoming their current struggle in locating meaning in life. This style might be described as an 'existential' model but is also consistent with the principles of a model of counselling psychotherapy called 'logotherapy'. I believe that this model lends itself well to working creatively with all aspects of human experience – whatever the therapeutic needs or problem(s) being faced by the person, regardless of their age or stage of life.
Me and my values:
I was born in 1963 and grew up in South Cheshire. I am openly gay in my professional as well as my personal life and hold progressive views about life and our identities, promoting a liberal, positive view of difference and diversity in our society and our cultures. My counselling is LGBTQ affirmative, which means I will fully accept your sexual and gender identity, whatever it may be and however fluid, and do not view these essential parts of who you are as characteristics that need treating or changing.
I live with my partner and our dog in the North Staffordshire area.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as an integrative counsellor psychotherapist in 2017.
My formal studies spanned four years and were completed at Staffordshire University. My qualification is a postgraduate diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling. I was awarded a Professional Distinction overall and my academic tutors awarded me the Best Performance on a Counselling Psychotherapy Award.
As part of my training and portfolio submission to the BACP I have provided extensive counselling psychotherapy to a range of health care professionals through an NHS placement (2015 – 2017). In this sense, and together with my knowledge and experience of working in a variety of health care settings, I have the credentials and considerable expertise to offer insightful and supportive therapy to people who work in our public, private and independent health care services.
Prior to commencing my counselling psychotherapy training in 2013, I graduated with a Masters Degree in health care policy and management (Birmingham, 2010), achieving a merit overall and I was awarded a distinction for my academic dissertation.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD):
As part of my professional registration with the BACP I am required to participate and evidence continuing professional development (CPD). CPD is about therapists and other professionals working in care settings demonstrating their commitment to 'lifelong learning'. This can be about formal training or training updates in particular areas of therapy practice but learning can also take place through a wide-range of activities in various contexts, and may include experiential learning activities.
My most recent CPD includes:
- Certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling. November 2018 (Macclesfield Counselling and Training Centre, Macclesfield, Cheshire)
- Sex in the Digital Age - The Impact on Attachment and Intimacy. June 2018 (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists, London)
- ‘Your Inner Child’ – a whole person approach to working with people seeking recovery from childhood relational neglect, and trauma. March 2018 (‘Your Inner Child’ – Catherine O’Riordan, Manchester)
- Understanding the psychological harm of male circumcision. January, 2018 (Genital Autonomy & 15 Square, Keele, Staffordshire)
- The Adult Attachment Interview – A Workshop with Dr Mario Marrone. October, 2017 (Mindsite, Stockport)
- Introduction to Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). June, 2017 (Paul Morland, Ch. Counselling Psychologist; BPS, Keele University).
- “Oedipus is Alive and Well!” - facilitated by Professor Michael Jacobs. May, 2017 (Mindsite, Stockport).
- Existential Psychotherapy and Uncertainty - facilitated by Professor Ernesto Spinelli. March, 2017 (Mindsite, Stockport).
- Working with Deliberate Self Harm from a Cognitive Behavioural Perspective. February, 2017 (SDS Seminars, London).
- A Disorder for Everyone! Exploring the Culture of Psychiatric Diagnosis and the Implications for Practice - facilitated by Dr Lucy Johnstone, Clinical Psychologist. October, 2016 (Jo Watson Training Counselling and Psychotherapists).
- Introduction to Existential Therapy. September, 2016 (The Existential Academy - New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, London).
- Introduction to Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. April, 2016 (SDS Seminars, Manchester).
I have over twenty-five years experience of working with emotional, psychological and mental health and well-being. Prior to establishing Banish the Crows, I worked in higher education as part of the counselling and mental health service at Keele University in Newcastle under Lyme.
Alongside my independent work at Banish the Crows I am a part-time lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at Staffordshire University.
Please visit my website: banishthecrows.co.uk for more extensive information about my professional experience.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am experienced in working with people of all ages who experience difficult thoughts about continuing with their life, as well as people who intentionally harm themselves as an expression of their emotional or existential distress.
Family, friends, and significant others of people experiencing these thoughts, feelings, and behaviours experience their own distress and discomfort and can be helped through counselling psychotherapy in their caring and supportive role.
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I charge £48 per 60-minute one-to-one (single person) sessions and £64 per 60 minute session for couples sessions (£48 for the single person work between joint sessions). 90 minute individual sessions are also available. However, do feel able to negotiate with me if you have circumstances that challenge your ability to pay the full amount. I operate a small number of concession appointments and whilst I cannot guarantee a concession or discounted arrangement I will do my best to accommodate your request. My work is typically face-to-face but I will also consider providing web-based and telephone counselling therapy to people who are limited in their ability, for whatever reason, to attend a face-to-face consultation.
I offer optional, one-off 30-minute consultation sessions - free of charge, to enable potential clients to meet with me and get a sense of who I am, how I work, and the place that I work from. I believe that this can be helpful for the person when they are seeking to establish whether I am the person that they can and want to work with to address their current difficulties.
I am registered for tax purposes with the HMRC and session payments are taken on the day at the end of the session via cash, debit or credit card, cheque, or bank transfer (BACS), for clients who bank online. I will provide you with banking details if you decide to pay by BACS and a receipt or an invoice if and when these are required.
Currently, I am not registered for private health insurance schemes.
My practice is situated within St. James House Enterprise Centre, a smart, fully serviced and comfortable setting in Longton, one of Stoke-on-Trent's five towns. The centre provides toilet facilities, two waiting areas, and is disability compliant. My consulting room is on the ground floor. There is ample, free parking available for those travelling by car. Longton Bus Station is also a 15 minute walk to and from St. James House.
I provide a 60 rather than 50 minute session and you will be welcomed with an optional hot or cold drink and comfortable surroundings. 90 minute individual sessions are also available for people seeking a longer session - this is a popular option for people travelling from outside of the Stoke-on-Trent area.
The serviced reception area is accessible between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. In the evenings and at weekend periods there is a secure entrance, which is accessible from the rear car park and uses an intercom system.
Directions and a further selection of photographs of my consulting room, and St. James House are available on my website: banishthecrows.co.uk.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Consultations and regular sessional work on Thursdays and Sundays. Evening appointments are available on Thursdays from 6 p.m.
Types of client