Jonathan Toft Bsc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy MBACP (Accredited)
I guess whatever difficulty you are experiencing at the moment, that brings you here, has become too great or too puzzling to manage on your own? I want say that's okay, and it can happen to us all at some point in life. However, I admire your courage to find a different way and seek help, as all too often we try and just "Pull ourselves together" and carry on.
Carrying on, in it's self, can be tiring.....
I provide a safe, confidential and supportive space to help us explore your way of being in the World, and how your environment might be contributing to how you are feeling. Please understand that I'm not here to judge you or your choices; I simply want to try and understand aspects of your life that may cause distress, confusion, dissatisfaction or anger. Such feelings can often lead to a sense of feeling anxious, stuck, unfulfilled and frustrated.
A place where you can simply just be.....
I work with people, 18 years and over, from many cultural backgrounds or sexual orientation, and offer sessional appointments during the daytime and evening.
How I can help you
As a Humanistic, Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I do not have a fixed or predetermined way of working. How often have you felt like a square peg being told how great that round hole would be for you? As I believe everyone is different, our time together and the relationship we build, will find a way of working that feels right for you.
We will explore behaviours, beliefs, feelings or habits that are concerning you; taking account of your aims, wishes and circumstances. This may involve looking at past and present relationships, with an interest in how previous experiences maybe influencing your present relationships.
We can work together in a brief and focussed way or, alternatively, you may prefer a more open and exploratory approach and work with things as they unfold? We would discuss this before commencing, and review your goals at regular intervals.
I understand how challenging the next step might be for you so please use any means of contact that you feel most comfortable with. You can ring the number shown here or use the email button. Alternatively, you could use the contact request on my website.
I really want to highlight my offer of a free 30-minute initial meeting. Not only is this free from charges, but also free from any further obligation. You can ask any questions, and get a feeling of what it might be like to work with me. This will also help me gain an understanding as to what brings you to therapy at this stage of your life.
I work from a private room with free, discreet, off street, parking.
Frequently asked questions
Q. What happens should I wish to explore further?
With the outcome of therapy greatly influenced by the quality of the relationship we build, you may need to visit more than one counsellor before you find someone you feel comfortable enough to work with. I offer a free 30-minute introductory session, to see if I am the right person for you, and to give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about me and the process of counselling. Rest assured that there is no obligation after this initial session if you feel either myself, or the time is not right for you to continue.
Q. How long are the sessions?
Should you wish to continue, counselling sessions last for 50 minutes and, where possible, are at the same time each week.
Q. How many sessions will I 'need?'
As every person coming to therapy is a unique individual, there isn’t a definitive answer to this. However, we would discuss this at the initial assessment, decide on a way forward and review our work together at regular intervals.
Q. Is what we talk about confidential?
The sessions are an opportunity to speak freely about your life. What we talk about is confidential, barring very specific circumstances that we would talk about during the assessment. I am bound by the ethical code of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), of which I am a member.
Q. How much do sessions cost?
Each session is £45 (Discretionary discounts may be possible for counselling students and people on low income). We will arrange a regular time to meet each week as continuity and regular attendance are important in therapy as they give a structure to the process.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy - The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute
As an accredited member, I adhere to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) code of ethics and their principles of good practice.
I have worked in several academic and charitable institutions providing support to male and female clients of all ages.
Although not an exhaustive list, I commonly work with Abuse, Adoption Issues, Anger Management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Dissociation, General counselling, Health related issues, Identity problems, Loss, Mental health issues, Personal Development, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self Esteem, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues.
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
£45 per session.
Discretionary concessions maybe available for Counselling and Psychotherapy students requiring support during training. Please make your circumstances clear during our first contact if you wish to discuss availability.
I have daytime and evening appointments available and there is secure and private (off road) parking directly beside the Counselling room entrance.