About me

I have spent the majority of my working life in an office environment, I always felt something was missing and I wanted to help people, but was unsure in what direction to take this. A while back my own mental health suffered, and I found myself having counselling, I did not know what to expect from this, but found it invaluable in my recovery.

From my own experience of counselling and the admiration I had for what it had done for me, I wanted to give something back and help someone else who may be struggling. I made the decision that I wanted to become a counsellor, I studied for three years and qualified in 2018, I began counselling as a volunteer in an organisation dealing with addiction, I have also been a volunteer counsellor for a local charitable counselling service.

My theory of counselling is a Person Centred approach, which means that I will be lead by you, by accepting you as an individual, I will listen without judgement and trust in you to find your own answers. I continue to develop my counselling skills by attending seminars and workshops, I also have clinical supervision every month to ensure safe practice. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

I like nothing more than walking with my dogs, whether that is in the countryside or on a beach somewhere, I love being outdoors whatever the weather, which is usually raining, I find it very therapeutic.

Training, qualifications & experience

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

I have worked with addiction, anxiety, depression, grief and many other issues, I continue to develop my skills.

I am a registered member of the BACP.

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).

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

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

Additional information

Each Session is £45.00

Fees are payable at each session, how many sessions you have are dependant on you and your needs.

Because the relationship between counsellor and client is so important I offer a free, no obligation interview of about 15 minutes. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions and decide whether you would like to proceed with counselling.

Availability

I can provide evening sessions Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings.

Gloucester
Gloucestershire
GL1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Martin Ferris

Martin Ferris