I have made personal development my life goal and I'm grateful it has led me to this line of work. Whilst I believe there are many ways to gain more awareness and become a better version of yourself, I have benefitted immensely from counselling relationships in the past as a tool of reflection, insight and support.
I have been practising for over 2 years now and in my experience, I strongly believe that the relationship created and the trust built therapeutically can help to provide a supportive insight into your relationships in your everyday life. I have worked with adults in addiction, those finding it difficult to manage their personal and professional relationships, those finding it socially stressful in the post-lockdown world as well as young people in schools whose behaviours at schools are reflecting troubling family dynamics at home.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training is in the Person-Centred Model, which is centred around a client-led approach in autonomous empowerment. Basically, I am not here as 'the expert', but trust that you have the ability to reach your positive potential. I feel that it is more empowering that way and I only say this because it felt more empowering learning about myself when I tapped into my own resources, rather than being told what to do or given advice. Advice-giving isn't really my thing if that's what you are seeking. What I can offer is non-judgement and an eagerness to see things from your subjective viewpoint, to really understand what it's like in your shoes. As my training and work has progressed, I have begun to integrate other ideas into my work, such as bodywork and even varying the setting of the work to natural environments - I try to tailor my work to each client's needs and this is discussed with the client at the assessment stage of the work.
I have also recently been working in wellbeing, harm reduction and personal crisis management at music festivals for people having challenging drug experiences. The work is immediate and relatively short term but has given me valuable insight into the space that needs to be held for those who at a precise moment, are going through immense amounts of distress.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £15.00 to £40.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I charge a flat £30 rate for most of my clients. I will be offering a discount for trainee counsellors, the unemployed or the socially disadvantaged - I want to make counselling more accessible to everyone and I am aware of the privilege I have as a middle class white man that others don't have due to race, gender or disability. Therefore, I'd like to use that to make my services more available for those without that privilege. Also, if you feel that you can afford more than £30, it would help me offer more places to those who need it.
I am currently working online or by telephone but can also offer walking therapies (weather dependent). I will soon be working in therapy rooms at some point in Autumn 2021 - this can be discussed further during the assessment.