Dr Keith Abbott MA (Counselling & Psychotherapy), MBACP
I see counselling as a way of "Making more of tomorrow, today!"
It all starts with a conversation and I very much look forward to talking with you.
Who am I?
I’m a person-centred counsellor/psychotherapist, qualified to Master’s degree level and a member of the BACP. Unlike most private counsellors who work as sole practitioners or traders, I work in a counselling partnership (Abbott & Yang - of which I'm a co-founder).
I live in Loughborough but come from Glastonbury, England, and have a wide experience of helping people with personal, emotional and practical problems. Before becoming a counsellor, I’ve worked in the quarrying industry, as a solicitor and as a part-time university teacher to UK and international students. My doctorate – on modern approaches to enlightenment – fed my enthusiasm for helping people change in ways best for them, rather than in ways others might "tell" them to change, which led me naturally into counselling. I’ve counselled at an NHS hospital and at a counselling charity in Nottingham.
I'm passionate about helping you meet demanding challenges and change in ways best for you, whether your aim is to overcome specific troubles or to achieve greater self-understanding, happiness, or your own unique potential.
What I do and where I do it
Person-centred counselling and psychotherapy is an internationally recognized and scientifically evidence-based form of talking therapy which can be provided to individuals, couples or groups of clients.
Person-centred counselling is a non-judgmental approach which treats clients as their own best experts. Person-centred counselling offers you the chance of experiencing realizations and improvements personal to you, through being listened to attentively, deeply understood, and highly valued as a person in a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship. You can also expect me to be thoroughly genuine and honest with you.
I counsel close to both Loughborough and Nottingham town centres. I also offer counselling electronically (e.g. telephone and video chat) and by arrangement at other venues convenient to you.
My office address office address, for written correspondence but not therapy sessions, is on Nottingham University’s Jubilee Campus.
Who I help
Through my counselling partnership, I offer counselling sessions to:
- Private individuals, couples and groups
- Business / corporate clients
- International students and workers
- UK students
What I help with
There is a long list of ticked things which counselling may help with below. However, the counselling approach I use is non-diagnostic so I would like to stress that I always consider that I am working with a person not their troubles or an illness.
I am also here to help you improve aspects of your life that are already going well but you would like to go even better. Counselling really is all about you.
What's different about my service?
I counsel from within a culturally diverse partnership, and my partner and I have a unique combination of skills, knowledge and experience gained from different cultures, life events, professional , industrial and academic settings. We are not just text book learners and like most of us I have suffered knocks, fought battles and possess hard-earned insights.
My counselling partner and I see clients separately but can also work collaboratively to make the most of our experience, knowledge and multi-cultural backgrounds, to provide you with the support you need, at the time you need it most.
In short, we walk our talk and are very much here for you.
To find out more
There is more about me and my service at:
Or, please just get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MA (with distinction) in Person-Centred Experiential Counselling & Psychotherapy Practice from Nottingham University.
Advanced Post Diploma Certificates in Person-Centred Couples Counselling
I have undertaken continuing professional development training in couples counselling and have the above certificate.
I have a clear Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check which you’re welcome to inspect.
I’m an individual Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and follow their ethical code (see www.bacp.co.uk ).
I’m also an individual member of the British Association for the Person-Centred Approach ( see www.bapca.org.uk ).
Prior counselling work
Before counselling at Abbott & Yang, I counselled at an NHS hospital and at a counselling charity in Nottingham.
Other experience and qualifications
I have not come to work as a counsellor “straight from school” but draw upon life and work experiences of hard knocks and working alongside and with people from many different backgrounds.
I’ve worked in the quarrying industry and legal profession. I have a social science PhD in modern approaches to enlightenment and have taught UK and international students at Loughborough University.
Continuing professional development
As a member of BACP I do continuing professional development courses and activities relevant to person-centred counselling practice.
My work is professionally supervised to BACP-approved standards.
I'm professionally insured.
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
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- 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 problems
- 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
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Culture shock. (This can effect international workers, students and indeed almost any of us when we might have to "fit in" to an unfamiliar setting, such as a new work environment or family unit.)
Religion-related troubles (family, personal and psychological issues related to changing religion including leaving a "cult" or cult-like group/organization)
Spiritual/philosophical issues - including anxiety about the "meaning of life"
I'm also keen to help you increase the positive things in your life, such as:
- Personal and professional growth
- Building on your strengths and successes
- Making more of your good relationships
- Counselling can help you get more of what is right in your life, as well as get less of what isn’t right.
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I try to be flexible.
My fees are charged through Abbott & Yang. Individual counselling sessions are 50 minutes long and for individual clients having one-to-one counselling my charges range from £40 to £60 (there are discounts for groups, block bookings, advance payments, and to full-time students studying in UK).
You can pay by cash or by bank transfer.
Please ask about Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), corporate, and other business-related services.
My aim is to help you move from being in a difficult place to somewhere you desire to be, making positive choices to change your life for the better.
I'd love to hear from you - please get in touch.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Depending on venue, I can counsel from 9-5 weekdays and, by prior arrangement, weekends and evenings. I can counsel by telephone and video chat.
Types of client
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