About me

Hi, I'm Keith, a BABCP registered cognitive behavioural therapist and counsellor. I work on the Fylde coast between Preston & Blackpool and have significant experience working in NHS mental health and specialist service teams. I now work solely in private practice for large organisations, the emergency services and for private clients.

I tailor my approach to each client and primarily use cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) over 6-10 sessions, to help with issues such as panic attacks, anxiety and depression. I actively work with clients to help them identify their issues and their goals for therapy and work at your pace to achieve them. My approach tends to be a little more challenging than some of my colleagues and I find that this works well for clients who are 'stuck' or who have been living with conditions for many years.

Counselling shouldn't be about constantly asking you, "How did that make you feel?", it's about working towards a solution for your issue in short term, focused therapy. If you are taking the time and effort to read this, then presumably you are looking for a solution to a problem and you'd like those answers as soon as possible, not in 12 or 36 months time?  In a nutshell, that's the difference between CBT and counselling.

I particularly like to work with anxiety disorders, such as Panic Disorder and Social Anxiety, and specialise in working with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I have a good record of success in tackling what can be very challenging and life limiting conditions for clients.

I currently also work managing critical incidents within workplaces, offering psychological support to staff following terrorist attacks, industrial accidents and armed robberies etc. The aim of this work is to tackle issues arising from such incidents early, avoiding the development of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I have extensive experience working with trauma across the armed and uniformed services and have attended several of the recent major terrorist attacks providing immediate post incident psychological support to those involved.

I appreciate that most of us work during the day and lead busy lives. I am happy to offer evening and weekend appointments to fit around your work and family requirements.

I have a therapy room local to me and cover the following postcode areas: PR1-4 and FY1-8. 

If at all sounds a little scary, then why not give me a ring for a quick chat? It costs nothing and might just get you started on the road to the future you want.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling for Depression
  • Certificate in Clinical Supervision
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Psychotherapy

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

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Fees

Additional information

£40 per hour for individual face to face therapy.

£50 per hour for couples therapy

Availability

I am not currently taking new clients and am taking a break from individual therapy work at this time.

Further information

I now offer supervision for therapists following training in clinical supervision. I have a small number of supervisees from a number of different therapeutic disciplines with whom I work on an integrated basis.

My training was initially in person-centered counselling, however my practice is based on an integrative approach.

Why not try a supervisor with a different modality and different life experiences from your own? I have done so throughout my therapeutic career and find it useful in broadening my perspective and in learning from different experiences and therapeutic approaches.

Fees for supervision are £50 for 1.5 hours. I offer a discount for student counsellors.

I appreciate that counselling students often have to engage in personal therapy as a requirement of their course and the costs of this, in addition to course fees, can create financial difficulties. For students in training, I offer reduced rates for personal therapy and supevision. Please contact me for details.

Elswick
Preston
Lancashire
PR4

Poulton-le-Fylde
Lancashire
FY6

Type of session

In person
Home visits
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Having amassed a large number of hours in clinical practice and having supervised a number of clinical staff in my NHS role, I felt some formal training was in order to help develop my practice and I now hold a Certificate in Clinical Supervision.

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Keith Swindell

Keith Swindell