Individuals and Couples - Martin Firstbrook BA (Hons), PGDip, MBACP
I work with individuals and couples who want a place to reflect and make sense of their current difficulties so that they can get back on track. I offer a friendly, down to earth, research backed approach both online and face to face. I can provide counselling, psychotherapy and coaching, or a combination as determined by your unique needs.
I start from the perspective that people make sense i.e. their behaviour and what they are experiencing have meaning that can be understood in the context of their history and their current life context. Exploring this meaning together is an important aspect of my approach.
Many of my clients are struggling with their life, relationships and work challenges for all sorts of reasons including anxiety, low self-esteem, feeling low/depression, relationship difficulties, imposter syndrome, anger, panic attacks, betrayal, feelings of isolation, trauma/PTSD, eating disorders, bereavement, self-harm, suicidality, general work related difficulties.
Some of my clients simply want to use the space as a way of exploring and understanding themselves or their relationship, finding meaning and purpose in their lives, considering their career direction, wondering about their identity or issues of spirituality.
I am professional but down to earth. When you work with me, there will be times of serious reflection, but there will also times of laughter and lightness. I am actively involved as a therapist and coach, I am not a blank screen who occasionally nods. There will be times where it is important for me to simply listen and to help you listen to yourself but I will also engage with you actively, including sharing ideas and thoughts that may support meaning making and understanding of your situation.
My training is integrative, which allows me to adapt my approach to your unique needs. As a result, my approach may range from a cognitive approach, to a more imaginative and intuitive approach, depending on what the situation demands. Whatever method used, the intent will be to support the development of insight and enable you to get back on track.
You can make a booking online at www.psycheinthecity.com or you can contact me via text, email or phone to make a general enquiry. I sometimes have availability not shown through the online booking system so please get in touch if you don't see a suitable time. Typically, the next step will be an initial consultation. During that meeting we will discuss your situation and get to know each other a little before deciding on whether we will work together for a length of time and on what basis.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced, qualified and accredited counsellor, psychotherapist and coach.
My training is fully accredited by BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy). I am a Registered Member of the BACP, adhering to their Ethical Framework, fully insured and in monthly supervision.
As a coach, I have deep and varied training and qualifications including accreditation by the World Association of Business Coaches and accreditation as a specialist in test use from the British Psychological Society. I have over 12 years of experience working as an executive coach in the City and globally (Asia, Africa, US, Europe).
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling, accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Level 1 & 2 Gottman Couples Therapy / Couples Counselling Training
- Postgraduate Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies (ongoing)
- Certificate in Groupwork - Gestalt Centre
- Member of the British Psychological Society
- Member of the BPS Special Group in Coaching
- British Psychological Society, Qualified Specialist in Test Use
- Accredited to use a range of psychometric tools including: Hogan Assessments HDS, HPI, MVPI; Talent Q Dimensions; Neo PI-R; MBTI; BeTalent Strengths, Values and Decision Making Style
- Meyler Campbell Business Coach Programme, accredited by the World Association of Business Coaches
- Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial Consultation - £40 (£50 for couples). This is a 50 minute initial meeting to discuss your situation and get to know each other a little. For this session I charge a discounted rate of £40 (£50 for couples).
Further sessions priced by location and time:
Online - £75 (£85 for couples)
Epsom - £75 (£85 for couples)
City- £85 (£95 for couples)
London Bridge - £85 (£95 for couples)
Fees are reviewed each year on 1st April.
Private Health Funded
I am a recognised psychotherapist with WPA Healthcare and Vitality Health Insurance. Fees covered under private health are charged to your insurer at £85/session, including initial consultation.