Neil Dowsland, BACP Accredited Counsellor & EMDR (Attachment-Focussed) Therapist
Accredited Counsellor, EMDR Therapist & Attachment-Focussed EMDR therapist offering a tailored and confidential service to adults (18+).
It can be tough at times; sometimes unfair, confusing or painful. If we don’t fully understand the reasons why we feel, think or behave in certain ways, it can start to affect other areas of our lives.
Difficulties may present themselves in response to current or recent events, or can be longstanding problems resulting from earlier experiences or relationships which can continue to influence us, often without our knowledge. You may notice recurring, and often destructive, patterns in relationship with others or yourself which are unwanted or confusing.
I have a specific interest the psychological impact of trauma; this could be a ‘one off’ overwhelming event, such as car accident or violent attack, or a series of events or experiences stretching back to childhood, such as abuse or poor relationships with early attachment figures. Such experiences can continue to cause difficulties in the present with symptoms often being anxiety, depression, hypervigilance, hopelessness, dissociation, alterations in self-perception, difficulty managing emotions, nightmares or panic.
I have completed advanced training with Dr Laurel Parnell, the developer of Attachment-Focused EMDR (AF-EMDR), which approaches trauma from a relational perspective. Relational trauma (or Complex-PTSD) occurs in the context of relationships where there has been a profound violation of human connection and where healthly attachment is significantly impared. This can be in adult life, but it is also very common for this to occur in the formative years with a parent, primary caregiver, teacher, relative or any significant other. It may result as a failure to provide adequate care or attend to a child’s emotional needs; it may follow neglect, bullying, abandonment, traumatic loss, physical, sexual or emotional abuse committed by a person of trust or being raised in a dysfunctional family.
Psychological therapy is a collaborative supportive process that provides an opportunity for you to explore any difficulties that you may be experiencing in a safe and confidential setting. A therapist will not make any judgements about you, they will have no expectations of you and will help you to gain intellectual and emotional insight into your situation. Such insights can bring clarity, understanding and relief with a renewed sense of direction. Psychological therapies can help to address issues such as the effects of past traumatic or overwhelming experiences, depression, anxiety, anger, OCD, relational problems, phobias and more.
Short-term or open-ended therapy is available, depending on your needs, and regular reviews will be incorporated.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (Registration number: 143120) and I am committed to the 'Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions' which governs safe and professional practice. I am a member of the EMDR UK & Ireland Association, having completed an EMDR training programme approved by EMDR Europe, along with completing advanced clinical training with Dr Laurel Parnell in Attachment-Focussed EMDR.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience within several NHS trusts providing psychological therapy for adults experiencing a wide variety of psychological problems, as well as several third sector organisations.
- Higher Education Diploma in Relational Counselling and Psychotherapy, Leeds Beckett University (BACP Accredited).
- Certificate in Counselling Studies L3; Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body.
- Certificate in Counselling Skills L2; Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body.
- Drug Issues for Public Health Practitioners L3
Certificates and Further Training
- Attachment Focussed EMDR, Dr Laurel Parnell - Advanced Clinical Workshop.
- Attachment Focussed EMDR, EMDR Focus, CCPE London.
- EMDR Flash Technique, (Dr. Philip Manfield)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, EMDR Europe Accredited Training.
- Sand tray therapy
- Trauma and the body
- ITEP Advanced Psycho-Social Interventions
- Therapeutic crisis intervention
- Working with the aftermath of sexual abuse
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
It is important you find a therapist that you feel comfortable with and whose therapeutic approach is appropriate for your needs and therapy goals.
A short, informal telephone call will be arranged initially.
Therapy generally starts with an initial period, normally one session, where your current difficulties, therapy goals and history will be discussed; this is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions. After discussing your needs, if we subsequently decide to work together, sessions will normally be arranged weekly and last 1 hour.
Sessions are £50 per hour.
If your call can not be taken, and you would like to be called back, please leave a message. Alternatively, feel free to send me an email. All emails are responded to and normally on the same day; if you don’t receive a reply, please check your junk email folder.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|