Martin Handy MBACP
Hi and thanks for visiting this webpage where I provide counselling and psychotherapy in Stockbridge, Hampshire, but also nationally online and by telephone.
I offer 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.
What might I expect from counselling and psychotherapy?
Counselling 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 and what you want your life to look like once that change happens 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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
50 minute sessions cost £35 for online counselling and £45 for in-person counselling.
Concessions may be available. Please ask for more information.
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
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client