About me

Hi, I am Martin and I know life can be a testing and stressful experience. At times of heightened anxiety, if you are feeling sad or depressed you might ask an important question, can counselling help me?

You might be reading this today because you are struggling at work, with relationships,  have low self esteem or find facing the world very challenging? Covid19 has also brought many unexpected challenges and you might be finding these difficult to face alone.

Perhaps you want a better relationship with your partner or children or want to relieve the pain of a bereavement, anxiety or depression? You might find yourself thinking “I could use some help with my anger”, “I’ve been feeling low like this for too long now, “I wish I could stop feeling anxious” or “Will I ever get over this?”.

There are many other questions you may also be asking yourself and if any of those I have mentioned seem to fit then the answer to your important question maybe yes, counselling might help me.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified BPC accredited psychodynamic psychotherapist offering individual therapy to adults and young people. I am also a registered member of the BACP (MBACP).

I have been offering individual therapy and counselling for many years both in private practise and within organisations. I worked at Mind in Barnet for over three years and was also part of the Grief Encounter bereavement counselling team.

I offer access to open-ended counselling either face to face or online via Zoom

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.

BPC

British Psychoanalytic Council

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). 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.

British Psychoanalytic Council

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

Men's mental health issues.

Traditionally being strong might have meant appearing not to have a vulnerable side and yet of course we all do. Stoic strength might have been encouraged in your childhood or from role models but I believe that strength comes from within. Perhaps allowing ourselves to think about feelings or admit that at times we don't feel strong or need help might makes us even stronger?

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Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

My rate is on a sliding scale between £50 - £75 for individuals and each session is for 50-minutes. I do offer some low fee slots although currently these are very limited but we can discuss the details of this when we first speak. The initial consultation fee is £60.

Availability

I have limited availability at the moment and am happy to discuss days, times and details with you

Further information

Getting started can be anxiety provoking but we can manage this together. To take the next step send me an email and we can set up an initial session. In this initial session we will think together about what is best for you, what you want to get out of counselling and if you feel happy we can look forward and arrange a second session.

Bayley Hall
Queens Road
Hertford
Hertfordshire
SG14 1EN

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

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