lting - Larry Watson
I am a vastly experienced relationship counsellor dealing with self, family, work and others, including separation, divorce, affairs and betrayals. Personal issues such as anxiety, panic, depression and as a coach addressing professional issues. I bring a depth of understanding of the personal, often private, pressure that living today brings.
I first qualified in relationship counselling having trained with Relate and now have decades of experience enabling clients to develop better relationships, in all settings, including with themselves. Feedback from clients confirms that my non-judgemental interventions have impacted significantly in both their personal perception of themselves and their developing ease in the world, empowering, enabling and motivating them to know that they can experience life in a positive manner.
My work is driven at your speed, metaphorically I walk alongside you on your journey, facilitating your recognition of how to develop the life you want. I can support you in this, identifying where change, often in thinking and perception, can support you.
I have facilitated numerous workshops on better relationships for home and work situations, dealing with the negativity of abuse, violence, discrimination of all types, inclusion and exclusion, bullying, personal bias, unfair dismissal and redundancy, stress, anxiety, depression, communication, respect, recognition, validation and love.
How Counselling Works:
When we know better we are able to do better which is when life starts to change for the better. When we become more aware, we value ourselves and know where our boundaries are, and become clearer on what is acceptable and what is now intolerable and, importantly, understand how to manage both.
Walk & Talk Therapy on the hills of Surrey
Feedback comments from walking and talking with clients has always been positive, ‘I really enjoyed getting out, getting away from it all, even just stretching my legs, the wind in my hair, the sense of space to breath and relax, unwind, let it all go, amazing, feel so much better, thanks, would never have thought of it!’
Whilst some clients like the one-one concept within a contained environment of a counselling room others appreciate the wide-open spaces and lack of containment combined with the physical stimulation of the exercise.
Clients and I go out in all elements (brollies provided bring wellies) which in and of itself can introduce the element of change just by facing the weather, hail or shine! In daylight or darkness (torches provided) again change, facing a different outlook, stars or clouds it matters not, it’s about change.
Change is constantly happening, yet we tend to be in denial, resisting or avoiding it, when did you last go splashing in puddles or watch a fox, a deer or a badger run up the track ahead of you? We feel depressed, overwhelmed, out of our depth, struggling, stressed, anxious, confused, lost without knowing where to turn or how to cope.
Being proactive, orchestrating our own change, taking charge, instigating our own change programme puts us back in charge, on track and is hugely empowering, giving us back our self-worth, sense of purpose and direction is cathartic!
Walking exercise and talking therapies are established through research as good for physical and mental so why not combine the two and get a double benefit. You will be using your bodies physical activity to increase blood flow which in turn will increase blood flow to the brain to enhance your thinking whilst potentially relaxing.
Issues I Have Dealt With:
I have supported clients through, relationship improvement and staying together, domestic abuse prosecutions, divorce proceedings and employment tribunals followed by their return to the new normal life they have achieved. Additional issues such as separation, divorce, affairs and betrayals, anxiety, panic, depression and as a coach addressing professional issues.
I work with clients on Skype, telephone and face to face sessions. The sessions are confidential unless it appears that harm or injury may be caused to yourself or another, at which point confidentiality is renegotiable. I am an accredited registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) abiding with their professional guidance and boundaries in working with clients. I am a counselling tutor within Adult Learning Colleges
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Education, Greenwich University - 1999.
- Relate Certificate in Marital and Couple Counselling Theory and Practice - 2001.
- Safeguarding Children, young people & adults levels 1 & 2 - 2016.
- Equality & Diversity in the workplace - 2016.
- Certificate in Mental Health, Dementia & Learning Disabilities - 2017.
- Prevent Certificate 2017
- I have been in private counselling practice and previously counselling with Relate since 1995.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am a Tutor for CPCAB Counselling Courses at Sutton College and ABC Awards in Counselling at Strode's College Egham.
Surrey Psychology Practice Castle House Park Road, SM7 3BT.
Home visits within the South London, Banstead, and Surrey area.
Online counselling using Skype
All of the above sessions are 50 minutes and £55 per session other than couple relationship sessions which are £65
At my Central London address my fee is £85 per session as additional costs are incurred.
10am till 10pm, last session 9pm - 7 days a week subject to establishing a mutually agreeable time
Quotes from clients :
I felt last night was a significant break through for me. Part of me has always known what lurks at the back of my mind but have never really truly acknowledged it. What made it more significant to me is that you barely know me but very quickly were able to sum up the mindset I have most probably had for decades and has unfortunately repeated and manifested itself into other areas of my life. (Sports, career, relationships with others)
On conclusion of our sessions defining his new understanding of happiness - 'enjoying participation without expectation'. He had found life threatening in the past and been unhappy so had avoided much of life, after sessions this was his way of being able to integrate with others by being OK within himself and being able to participate without expectations so no threat.
Testimonials from clients :
As a Counsellor he is very good at drawing ones attention to what matters in terms of a client’s developmental needs without being critical or judgemental.
He answers questions honestly, tactfully and consistently. There have been times when as his client, I have been extremely traumatised and a wrong word or careless tone could have pushed me over the edge. He always managed to move me forward, improving, learning and developing successfully. He has a highly developed level of sensitivity, awareness, and self awareness. I can see though, that he is no push over and can be very strong when needed.
Larry enabled me to understand my role in why my past relationships had been disastrous.