Neil Dowsland, MBACP Accredited Counsellor & EMDR Therapist
Accredited Counsellor and EMDR therapist with NHS experience, 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.
Family and friends can be a great source of support during difficult times. However, even with the best intentions, they sometimes offer a series of solutions to make problems ‘go away’ or give their opinions which can leave you feeling more confused. It is common for us to be reluctant to burden others with our problems. We may struggle to be truly honest with those closest to us, whom may be linked with the problem itself, or find it difficult to voice how we really feel for fear of being judged by others.
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 also a member of the EMDR UK & Ireland Association, and have completed an EMDR training programme approved by EMDR Europe.
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
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, EMDR Europe Accredited Training.
- Attachment Focussed EMDR, EMDR Focus, CCPE London.
- Sand tray therapy
- Trauma and the body
- Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- 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
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- 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 counsellor that you feel comfortable with and whose therapeutic approach is appropriate for your needs and therapy goals. Initial contact can be made via email or phone; please leave a message if I am unable to answer the phone.
After an informal telephone conversation, you will be invited to an initial session. An initial session is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have, and also for me to gain a better understanding of your difficulties. If we subsequently decide to work together, sessions will normally be arranged weekly and last 1 hour.
Initial session – £40
Counselling sessions – £40
EMDR sessions – £55
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.
Located in Wilsden, near Bradford & Bingley; there is free on-street parking nearby.
616/619; Eldwick to Bradford (via Wilsden)
616/619; Bradford to Eldwick (via Wilsden)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|