Neil Dowsland, MBACP Accredited Counsellor & EMDR Therapist
It can be a tough old world; 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 and can cause low mood, anxiety or despondency. Difficulties may present themselves in response to recent events or our early experiences and relationships can continue to influence us without our knowledge. You may notice recurring, 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 but, 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.
Counselling is a supportive process that provides an opportunity for you to explore any difficulties that you may be experiencing in a safe and confidential setting. A counsellor 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 which can bring clarity, understanding and relief with a renewed sense of direction.
I am a qualified integrative counsellor with experience of working within the NHS and other psychological therapy services. My approach is relational and I also combine different theoretical models and approaches, depending on your needs.
I have an interest in how past traumas or overwhelming events continue to influence patterns or behaviours, which are often destructive and restrictive, and the reasons why these continue to occur.
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 counselling services 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.
- 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
It is important that you find a counsellor that you feel comfortable with and whose therapeutic approach is appropriate for your needs and therapy goals; for this reason, an initial telephone consultation will be arranged at no cost.
During the initial telephone consultation we will briefly discuss your concerns and decide if we wish to subsequently proceed onto therapy.
Initial telephone consultation - no charge (30 minutes)
Counselling sessions - £40 per hour
EMDR Sessions - £55 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 on the same day if within office hours, 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; Eldwick to Bradford (via Wilsden)
616; Bradford to Eldwick (via Wilsden)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|