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About me

My name is Liam Balloch, I am an experienced, qualified, and BACP accredited Psychodynamic Counsellor. I qualified as a counsellor in 2016, but have worked in the mental health sector for over 11 years. I have worked in various settings including Off the Record Bristol, The Harbour and Care first EAP.

This has allowed me to work with a variety of people from all ages and backgrounds. I have experience working with a variety of mental health issues and challenges including Loss/Bereavement, Depression, Anxiety, Self Harm, Suicide, Relationships and more. I am DBS checked and have experience of working with young people and adults.
Most recently I have been working as the Clinical Lead within an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) offering Clinical Management to a team of counsellors and therapists whose role is to provide counselling and mental health support to employees of various national organisations.

I have (on and off) had counselling myself over a 10+ year period giving me a vital understanding and insight into how you may be feeling when you approach me for help and support. As part of my work I access regular clinical supervision.

WHAT IS COUNSELLING/THERAPY?

In this busy and often chaotic world, how nice would it be to have a space where you can stop, take a breath, reflect, think, and work towards change and understanding? Sounds lovely, doesn't it! Counselling offers you a space which is private, safe and confidential, on a regular basis, to talk about whatever you want or need to talk about.

Counselling sessions usually run for 50 minutes to 1 hour and happen on a weekly basis, however, I do offer flexibility around this.

MY APPROACH TO COUNSELLING/THERAPY

In a nutshell, the goal of Psychodynamic counselling is to "...help free people from the bonds of past experience in order to live more fully in the present." (Shedler, J, 2010). To me, this process as described by Dr Shedler is the core motivation for Found Therapy and sits at the heart of all our work.

Sigmund Freud (writing between the 1890s and the 1930s) developed a collection of theories which have formed the basis of the psychodynamic approach, although much has changed since his time.

The basic premise of the Psychodynamic approach is the belief that our behaviours and feelings are affected by our unconscious mind, and that the unconscious is filled with events from our childhood that are affecting our behaviours in the here and now. This approach says that all behaviour has a cause, the aim of counselling is to understand what that cause is, understand what unconscious behaviours are happening, and then interrupt that pattern by making healthier choices in our behaviours and feelings.

The counselling is talking based, it relies heavily on our therapeutic relationship being healthy, meaning you (the client) feel safe enough to open up in a deep way with me (counsellor).

No counselling is easy! The process expects you to open up about painful things, it expects you to feel that pain in a deep fashion so that you can process that pain and move into a healthy place, I hope that I can help you facilitate that change for yourself.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • FdSc Counselling - Distinction
  • Higher Education Cert Counselling - Pass
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills - Pass

Training

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Advanced Level Certificate
  • Treating Intrusive Thoughts and the Inner Critical Voice
  • Foundation Course Solution Focused Practice
  • Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachement
  • Trauma and the Body: Somatisation and Dissociation
  • Self-Injury and Suicide Prevention
  • Child Protection Level 1
  • Mental Health Training - CAMHS
  • Hidden Harm Training
  • Sex and Relationship Training

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

Initial 30 minute Introduction Session - £20

1 hour sessions - £50.00

1.5 hour sessions - £75.00

**Discretionary discounts available - get in touch for more details**

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Availability

*CURRENTLY ONLY OFFERING TELEPHONE AND ZOOM/SKYPE SESSIONS*

Flexible availability

Wotton-under-Edge
Gloucestershire
GL12

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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Liam Balloch FdSc MBACP (Accred)

Liam Balloch FdSc MBACP (Accred)