Hello, I'm Neill, I am a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist.
I have over 18 years of experience both in private practice and in the NHS of working with people living with chronic pain, depression, anxiety and trauma. I have considerable skills in helping people with problems related to overeating.
My approach to emotional and physical suffering is to try to help people to tackle their often long-standing problems, whilst promoting self-acceptance and value-based action. An assumption I bring to my practice is that in order to make lasting changes in our lives, we need firstly to accept where we actually are.
This often means challenging some of the assumptions we might make about ourselves and perhaps about other people too. I always try to bring a sense of openness, of curiosity and of compassion to the therapeutic process.
I have a diverse range of influences in my work and don't believe any model of therapy is the best in an unqualified way. I offer a free half-hour telephone consultation for anyone who is interested in finding out more about the help I might be able to offer. Please get in touch to arrange this.
Training, qualifications & experience
As well as seeing people on a 1:1 basis, I have a long history of working with small and larger groups around particular health issues. For instance, I currently support a number of businesses and NFP organisations affected by the COVID pandemic.
I registered as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with the UKCP in 2003. I have studied contemporary forms of cognitive-behavioural therapy at Oxford and Bangor universities. I have a post-graduate qualification in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and trained in acceptance and commitment therapy (advanced).
- PG Cert Mindfulness-based Approaches: Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice, University of Bangor, 2014 – 2015 (2 years)
- National Centre for Eating Disorders: Master Practitioner Programme – 2011
- UKCP Psychotherapist, Arbours Association: 1998 – 2003
- I will complete an MA in Philosophy with the Open University in 2022.
Relevant CPD (2011-2018):
- Mindfulness for Health & Well being: Breathworks Teacher Training (1+2)
- MBCT Intensive Teacher Training: Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice
- Trauma Masterclass: British Psychological Society
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Pain: Bath Pain Service
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (Advanced): Oxford Cognitive Therapy Ctr
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (Foundation): Mindfulness Training Ltd
- Clinical Skills in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy: Oxford Cognitive Therapy Ctr
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Pain: Association for Contextual and Behavioural Science – Brussels
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer therapists and medical professionals training in managing chronic pain.
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
- £50 for telephone sessions
- £65 for online sessions (preferred)
- £70 for face-to-face sessions
- £40 for trainee counsellors/therapists
As an online therapist, I use zoom as my principal platform. I am proficient at using StarLeaf in my NHS work. I am also in regular clinical supervision.
The best thing to do is to call me to discuss the most suitable times for you.
PLEASE NOTE: My consulting room is up one small flight of stairs (when possible).