John Williams MBACP
Old Station Road
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor with my own practice in Carmarthen, West Wales.
Wherever possible I endeavour to see new clients within 24 hours of first contact when required.
My office is conveniently located in a discreet and tranquil location, but within a few minutes walk from the town Centre, bus and railway stations. There is free parking to the side of the building, although if this is full there is a paying carpark less than 200 metres away (£1.50). I am in full time private practice and appointments are available every day, evenings and weekends.
I have a background in professional health care and volunteer for Cruse Bereavement Care as a bereavement counsellor and supervisor. I am the former Chair for the West Wales Area management committee for this organisation and responsible for some trainings. In addition to being a qualified counsellor, I have also completed 4 years of psychotherapy training.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (B.A.C.P) and adhere to the ethical framework set out by this organisation. I am also on the Professional Standards Authority accredited register for approved therapists. I work with individuals, couples, groups/organisations on a face to face basis. I specialise in bereavement, anxiety, depression, couples counselling and also have experience in many other areas.
Most of us need support at one time or another; counselling can help as it provides a safe space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. It is very beneficial to talk with a trained counsellor who will listen and not judge you. The counselling I offer is a confidential service.
I believe that you are the expert on yourself and that counselling can help you discover hidden resources which can move you forward. Uncomfortable feelings or emotions can be an invitation to look at ourselves more deeply and integrate their messages into our every day lives. I will work with you in a respectful, professional and empowering manner. Sensitively working at your own pace and toward your chosen outcome. As an integrated counsellor, I work with a variety of counselling models to accommodate your individual needs. In addition to face to face counselling, I offer counselling by either telephone or Skype, please get in contact for details.
Training, qualifications & experience
Higher National Diploma in Integrative Counselling (B.A.C.P. accredited)
Cruse Bereavement Care Foundation Course.
Certificate in Advanced Counselling & Psychotherapy (West Wales Institute for Counselling & Psychotherapy).
Advanced Training in Counselling & Psychotherapy (WWICP).
Diploma in Advanced Counselling & Psychotherapy (WWICP)
Certificate in Group Facilitation. (Ascentis).
Certificate in Supervision. (Cruse Bereavement Care).
MIND Distance Learning Training.
NVQ 3 in Health & Social Care.
SEREN- Understanding the Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse.
I.T.AA- Transactional Analysis 101.
S.O.B.S- Understanding Suicide.
Dr. C. Murray Parkes OBE- The Roots of Complicated Bereavement.
Cruse Bereavement Care- Trauma & PTSD.
Hywel Dda- Addictions + Addictive behaviour.
PRISM- Substance Misuse 1 & 2.
C.C.C- Mental Health Awareness Training
Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust-Working with couples.
The Berne Institute- Group Psychotherapy Training.
Lynda Howell CTA- Working With Trauma.
Robin Shohet- The 7 Eyed Model of Supervision.
Steve Page- The Shadow & the Supervisor.
Cruse Bereavement Care- Telephone Support Training.
Viv Morgan-Larcher-The Use of Art Psychotherapy.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
£40.00 for a sixty minute session.
£30.00 for the first assessment session *
£50.00 for couples for a 90 minute session (£40.00 for first session)
Supervision for counsellors £45.00 for a 90 minute session
Groups/Organisations by negotiation.
My fee may be negotiated for concessions.
* The first assessment session lasts for an hour, this is an opportunity for us to both meet each other and discuss what you want from counselling.
Please note I always allow 15 minutes between clients, this protects your identity and maintains a high standard of confidentiality. I work with adults and young people (16 or over)
BEREAVEMENT, GRIEF AND LOSS.
Bereavement can be a devastating experience, where our whole world goes into turmoil. This is one of the most shocking or shattering experiences in life which can be difficult to negotiate. People who experience the death of a loved one can feel like they're going crazy and are swamped with strong emotions like anger, guilt, fear and sadness. The little things we used to find so easy can become a huge effort. People who care for us sometimes try to help by saying we should be over it by now. Bereavement is a unique experience to us all and there is no set time limit for grief. I have over 8 years experience within the field of bereavement in various roles such as counselling and group facilitation. I have worked with clients who have been bereaved through illness, homicide, suicide, the loss of a child, multiple losses, accidental & sudden death to highlight just some of my extensive experience. There are various models of grief which may help you. Although in my experience people benefit from being listened to and having their feelings witnessed by a trained listener. I will be authentic and human with you. I will not medicalise you or hide behind forms or techniques. Being bereaved is like going through a torrential storm - there's no way round it, but going through the storm of grief can help you begin to rebuild your life.
Couples therapy is very different from individual counselling. The main focus of therapy is on the relationship rather than the people within it. My interventions are based on helping couples to achieve better interactions which helps the relationship to flourish. I will help you explore your communication patterns and how these impact on the fabric of your togetherness. Relationships progress through developmental stages which counselling can help you negotiate. I have a high success rate with couples and I find this work very rewarding. Not all relationships will flourish, some may end in separation, although actively attending counselling with a desire to change can be greatly helpful.
Anxiety can manifest in various ways, it can affect how we think, behave, feel and how we relate to others. Heightened states of anxiety can result in panic attacks. These panic attacks may vary in intensity with symptoms which can include: a racing heart or pulse, shallow breath, perspiration, an impending feeling of doom, body tremours and loss of consciousness. Panic attacks can literally feel like the person is experiencing death. Counselling can help you to recognise triggers and develop strategies to better manage your anxiety. Counselling can also help you explore where these worries originate from, which may be from your childhood and assist you in permanent, long lasting change. I have completed extra training in transactional analysis psychotherapy which is more effective for this deep work.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Week days, evenings and weekends.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|