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Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4

About me

Hi. At times we are challenged in life and we may need help to work through the issues that can affect in many ways. Whatever we are experiencing, either mild, moderate or severe, it can impact on our work and personal life greatly.  At times admitting we need a hand out of the situation can be a long journey.  Just getting to this point of looking for a therapist means you’ve addressed so much already and that you wish to take the next step. To find the right counsellor you need someone that is right for you. You’re going to be talking about some sensitive and uncomfortable stuff so its about working at your pace and trying to feel as comfortable as possible in a difficult situation. That is where the counselling relationship has to be right. Its knowing your safe and can discuss anything and know there's no judgement, no opinions or anything but support.

I am a qualified Intragrative counsellor so I'm trained in psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis, Cognitive behaviour therapy, Gestalt, Person Centred and Mindfulness.I have a Bachelor of science degree and Diploma in Higher education, both in Therapeutic counselling which I studied at Leeds Beckett University. This teaching of the various theories and psychology added to my own life experiences to give me the ability to address a vast array of issues people experience. I am also a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

For me, counselling is a vocation not a job. My own personal experiences and my counselling training has enabled me to understand myself better and my patterns of behaviour. It has also taught me counselling can help by  giving understanding of why and what is affecting me. I feel this is so important for us to move forward and get on with our lives. We are always learning through all our life, so learning about ourselves is part of this understanding who we are and what affects us. So having me as your counsellor you can do this and get the information to understand what and why our issues can change us. So with counselling you can obtain the skills to change and allow growth to move on in life. My passion for counselling motivates me to always keep learning and understanding a person’s behaviour and thought process. To be able to apply coping mechanisms for the client to help create a positive way to help with their issues and discard the negative behavioural patterns we can adopt.

I work with clients of all ages, adolescents and adults. I treat each client individually as I understand everyone is unique and needs specific therapy appropriate to them.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma of Higher Education in Therapeutic Counselling. Leeds Becket University.

Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Counselling. Leeds Beckett University.

Level 3 Award in Education and Training.

Training in:

  • Counselling the SEN Client.
  • Understanding Transgender.
  • The Role of Body and Brain in Trauma.
  • Prevent Training.
  • Working Creatively with Grief.
  • Getting the Most from Supervision.
  • Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect-Core V7.
  • Domestic Abuse Awareness Including CAADA DASH.
  • Forced Marriage 7 honour Based Violence.
  • Safeguarding Everyone Protecting Children, Young People & Adults at Risk.
  • Introduction to the Autism Spectrum.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

 1 hour sessions of £40 and are over phone or video call. This allows me to work throughout the country 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Due to disability I am only able to do phone Counselling or video call to for the time being

Further information

I offer a free consultation to chat about what the client needs from counselling and how we can satisfy those needs

Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom
Kevin Westwood

Kevin Westwood