Martin Handy MBACP

Martin Handy MBACP

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The Salisbury Practice
3 Clarendon Terrace
High Street
SO20 6EY

01794 278372 / 07864 029868

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About me

Hi and thanks for visiting my webpage.

Due to the current situation and COVID-19 Government advice there will be no new in-person appointments at The Salisbury Practice in Stockbridge, Hampshire.

I am offering all counselling online and will do this for the foreseeable future. Please view the Online Counselling page on my website below for more information.

I have also reduced my fees for clients who are self-isolating and who are experiencing reduced income.

The fee for online counselling is now £25 per session.

I provide counselling and psychotherapy for adults and young people (11-18).

Short-term (4-10 sessions), medium term (3-6 months) and more open-ended therapy can all be provided. Medium-term and long-term work is regularly reviewed in 1-2 month blocks in order to maintain pace and moving through a process of inner and outer change.

I also offer supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists.

What might I expect from counselling and psychotherapy?

The purpose of counselling is to work towards becoming more happy. It is a process of self-reflection and self-change. I offer enquirers an opportunity to develop their self-awareness and knowledge about themselves in order to find new ways of being. In the initial part of the process we explore what it is you want to change so you can break out of old patterns. The therapeutic relationship is the key to developing that self-awareness and finding new ways of being.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been working privately since 2014 as a counsellor. I have 24 years of experience working with young people and adults. I also have experience of working with survivors of rape and sexual abuse in a centre in Wiltshire where I had further training in trauma recovery.

Anxiety, and conditions like SAD (seasonal affective disorder), bipolar, panic attacks and depression are the most common issues for people coming for counselling and so the most common issue therapists work with and specialise in. What makes people's anxiety different are the causes of that anxiety.

I have worked in trauma recovery, more specifically in rape and childhood sexual abuse where I had a placement for training. I also specialise in LGBTQ+ issues  where gay affirmative therapy and relationships are explored. Relationships are a specialist area of counselling often focusing on having to make tumultuous decisions around separation, divorce, betrayal, abuse, bullying, affairs and family issues and what they can leave behind such as low self-esteem and confidence. Grief and bereavement can also trigger very intense emotions and require an awareness of the different phases of the grieving process.

Addictions are another area that clients approach counselling for to help work through their difficult periods in life. Anger is a common enquiry and requires looking back at the causes in the past as well as finding new ways of being, thinking and doing in overcoming destructive habits and attitudes.

Qualifications and CPD

Working with Young People (11-18), Bournemouth, UK

Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Southampton, UK

Working with Sexual Trauma, Wiltshire, UK

Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Southampton, UK

Compassionate Focused Therapy with Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse, Dorset Action on Abuse, UK

Diploma of Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Hampshire, UK

Bachelor of Education (Primary), University of Winchester, UK

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50 minute sessions cost £25 for online counselling. I will resume in-person counselling when the Government advises. This is usually charged at £45 per session.

I also provide concessions for training counsellors who require their own personal therapy as part of their training but can only offer these concessions on online counselling.

Maps & Directions

Stockbridge, SO20 6EY

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: No
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

I offer supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists, online, who want to support their clients.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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