Dip.Couns MBACP, Accred AGSRDT
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Life can be overwhelming, especially right now. You may be feeling anxious, depressed, have low-mood or confused about your feelings. I welcome clients from all backgrounds & identities & offer a safe space in which we can explore issues. I specialise in LGBTQ+ (GSRD - gender, sex and relationship diversity) issues and I have accreditation with Pink therapy as an advanced accredited therapist.
Before I trained as a Counsellor I had a lot of experience in different roles in Peterborough, helping young people and adults with issues such as Drugs, Alcohol, Mental Health, Sexuality, Gender Identity, Homelessness, Offending Behaviour and Victims of Crime. I have extensive knowledge in the Criminal Justice System. I realised my path in life was to empower people, especially when they are facing difficulties in their life. This was when I decided I had to put my empathic nature to even better use, which is when I discovered the world of Counselling. Whilst training in Peterborough, I had to go through personal therapy, so I know what it's like to be a client in the room. After all, how can I practice as a Counsellor if I don't know what it's like to be on the receiving end?
I have done a lot of work with victims of crime and I am passionate about championing equality in all communities.
My sessions are based in my own counselling room in Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, near to the city centre. There is free street parking outside and is also easily accessible by bus.
I provide counselling for people aged over 16 years old. I am one of very few male counsellors in the area.
What is counselling?
Counselling is a safe and non judgemental space for you to talk about your issues confidentially. It is an individual process which allows you to open up about difficulties you have encountered in a safe environment. Counselling is not advice giving. It is about empowering you to talk about and explore your issues so that the route cause can be discovered and then for coping strategies to be discussed. It is not about solving problems, some things we cannot change, but we can change the way we react and how we think
What to expect
You can expect to be respected and encouraged to explore your issues. In the first session, an initial assessment will be carried out. This is for me to ascertain why you have come for Counselling. I will ask about your background, history and what you would like to achieve in Counselling. I will establish some boundaries within the first session; these are things we can discuss together. Boundaries are to make sure I am practicing ethically in accordance with the Ethical Framework. You can expect for us to form a good working relationship.
Counselling requires you to open up about what can often be very painful memories and emotions. Sometimes within the process, you may feel worse before you start to feel better. This is because we are discussing these upsetting issues which is bringing them back into your conscious thoughts. Counselling is not a quick fix. It requires dedication, patience and honesty. You have to feel ready and committed to face your issues. I am here to help with your healing process. Together we can create a good working alliance to help you accomplish this.
Training, qualifications & experience
I work within the BACP Ethical Framework which ensures I practice professionally and safely as a Counsellor. As part of this, I attend monthly Supervision. I never reveal clients names or any details that will reveal your identity.
As well as holding a qualifying Counselling Diploma, I am constantly updating my knowledge by attending several CPD's a year. Some of these have included;
- Working with LGBT people
- Treating generalised anxiety & panic attacks
- Working with Trauma
- Anger Management
- Trauma focused CBT for children and young people with PTSD
- Stalking and Harassment
and I keep up to date with Safeguarding legislation.
As a counsellor in Peterborough I have worked at/with The YMCA, Thorpe Hall Hospice, YPCS (young people's counselling service), Embrace CVOC and City College Peterborough. I hold my private practice for counselling in Peterborough.
- Foundation in Pink Therapy's Gender, sex & relationship diversity - present
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - 2016
- Level 3 certificate in Counselling theories - 2014
- Level 2 certificate in Counselling skills - 2012
Below are just some areas of Counselling I deal with:
- Anger Management
- Domestic Violence
- Family Issues
- Gender Identity
- Low self-esteem/confidence
- Relationship Issues
- Suicidal thoughts
*If the issues you face are not on the list before, please contact me (Nathan Osborne Counselling in Peterborough), as the list is not exhaustive.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
£40 - £65
*Training and consultancy rates on request
In these unprecedented times we may find ourselves wanting to access therapy. Due to Covid-19 this will be done remotely, either via Zoom or on the telephone. Please contact me for further details.