Joseph Gale Burns
Whatever challenges you face, it can be a huge help to have a skilled and experienced counsellor to talk with, resolve issues, gain clarity, and work out what to do next.
Seeing a counsellor can feel a big step. Come and have a first session, and see if we can work together; counselling is a partnership, with two people sorting out one person's challenges.
I have worked in an NHS surgery and many other settings, so am used to handling many issues, whether of individual or couples. I am usually able to make counselling accessible to people of all backgrounds and heritages, whether this is your first session, or you have been in counselling for while.
Continued work, whether long or short term, can help you understand your challenges, feel more, and distinguish between the past and the present difficulties, allowing you to find a way ahead.
I also offer supervision to counsellors.
"A chance to talk things through, and some helpful insights from Joseph, have enabled me to resolve many problems" Olga Kelly
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a highly experienced counsellor, with over 35 years practice. I use a flexible approach depending on your needs, but make use of extensive experience and training in Re-Evaluation Counselling, Humanistic psychology, and Person-centred approaches.
I am a full accredited member of the UK Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (equivalent to UKCP registration), and abide by their code of conduct and complaints mechanism.
I have worked for many years in a GP practice, a complementary health centre, and in private practice, and have overseen the Counselling and Welfare Services of an acute hospital as an NHS non-executive director.
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.
United Kingdom Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners
UKAHPP is a national accrediting organisation for all those who apply the theories of Humanistic Psychology in their work. The UKAHPP is an independent member organisation of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the UK Register of Counsellors.
The Association is made up of a number of different membership classes e.g. Associate Members, Affiliate Members, Full Members, each with different requirements for entry. Full Members may use the initials 'MAHPP' after their names, and have undergone a rigorous accreditation procedure relevant to their discipline.
All members of the Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners must commit to acceptance of the UKAHPP Code of Ethical Principles, the UKAHPP Code of Practice, the UKAHPP Ethical Review Procedure and the UKAHPP Complaints Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40-£60 a 50 minute session, depending on financial circumstances (for you to assess yourself).