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Malcolm Couldridge, MA, Dip.Psych. MBACP

Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5
07736 939713 07736 939713 Registered / Accredited
Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5

About me

I am an accredited/registered and experienced psychotherapist and counsellor based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. I provide a safe and confidential space where you can work with me in your own time and at your own pace to resolve personal issues, review coping strategies, change unhelpful patterns of behaviour, increase self-awareness, improve self esteem and learn to live and relate more healthily and more creatively.

Therapeutic work involves listening actively and creatively, supporting you to reflect on your experience and unravel and find expression for thoughts and feelings that can feel stuck, confusing, in a muddle, distressing or disturbing. It can also be a place for looking at immediate issues in a new light.

The way we work will depend on the issues you want to talk about. A key element will be the therapeutic relationship that grows between us. For this to happen successfully, it is important to build a strong sense of trust that whatever you want to talk about will be received and responded to sensitively and productively.

Speaking about difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences is not always easy. Therefore we will work together to support you to talk freely and openly, gain a better, deeper understanding and acceptance of who you are, and find new and more effective ways of responding to personal situations and circumstances that may be unrewarding, unsatisfying and perhaps a cause of distress.

At present, I work one-to-one and offer face-to-face and, in particular circumstances, Skype or telephone sessions. I also offer counselling and other support within organisations. Issues I work with include depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement, problems in relationship and anger management. I offer both longer- and shorter-term psychotherapy and we can talk about what approach might be more suitable for you as part of the initial assessment that we will complete together.

If you have any questions or want to find out more, by all means call, email or text me, whichever is best for you.

I look forward to hearing from you and speaking with you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Relevant qualifications:

  • MA and Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling (2003 - The Minster Centre).
  • UKCP Accreditation and Registration.
  • Certificate in Telephone Counselling (1992, Childline).
  • PTLLS -teaching qualification (2010).
  • Parentlink - Parent Training Qualification.

Experience:

  • Psychotherapist and counsellor (current).
  • Employee Assistance Programme (brief session work) counsellor (current).
  • Trainer - Social Care and Personal Development (current).
  • City & Guilds Assessor: National Advocacy Qualification (current).
  • Advocacy Supervision and Training (current).
  • Mental Health Advocacy (1999-2010).
  • Counsellor: London-based Mental Health Counselling Service (2001-08).
  • Social care including service management (1980-2006).
  • Parentlink Trainer and Group Coordinator (1994-1998).
  • Childline Telephone Counsellor (1992-94).
  • Social Care: mental health - in-patient and community, learning disabilities, autism, children and adolescents (1980-ongoing).

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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.

UK Council for 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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Please call for further information or if you have a specific request or concern.

Therapies offered

  • Integrative

Fees

£50 per 50 minute session. Day-time and evening sessions available. Concessions negotiable.

Further information

My approach to therapy and counselling is founded in and draws from a rich variety of approaches to human development and relationship and integrates psycho-dynamic, humanistic and other thinking about who we are and how we relate to ourselves and each other. This stems from my experience that no one approach can describe or address the complex nature of who we are and who we can become.

My interest in psychotherapy arises from my own continuing journey of self-discovery, which has included individual and group therapy, over 30 years of experience working with a wide range of different people and settings, and ongoing training and reading.

I have a particular interest in the way that music and film interacts with and impacts on our daily lives.

I also offer training for organisations in a range of social care-related subjects (e.g., working with challenging behaviour and aggression, counselling and listening skills, risk management, introduction to mental health, boundaries and good practice, person-centred planning, Mental Capacity Act/DoLs, effective advocacy), and other areas (e.g., stress management, time management, assertiveness and parenting).

Harpenden
Hertfordshire
AL5

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Street parking outside or nearby

Availability

Monday (evenings), Tuesday (mornings/daytime/evenings), Wednesday (evenings), Thursday (mornings).

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Malcolm Couldridge, MA, Dip.Psych. MBACP

Malcolm Couldridge, MA, Dip.Psych. MBACP

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