Patrick Belas BSc MSW MA UKCP Registered
Thank you for your interest in my profile.
Here is some more information which I hope will help in your search for a suitable counsellor or therapist.
I welcome any questions from visitors to the site as this can help people make informed decisions about which counsellor and/or approach might be better for them. It also adds to my knowledge about what is important to those visiting the site. Any questions can be left on my email or phone.
For those uncertain about how to choose a counsellor or therapist it may be useful to mention that after reading profiles, an initial phone call and/or face to face meeting with a counsellor, and then trusting your intuition can often be the best evidence for a final decision.
Part of the service I can provide is to help consider what if any type of counselling or therapy might be most useful to an individual, couple, family or group. As a dual qualified professional with significant trainings and experience in numerous multidisciplinary services and different locations across the country, I am able to offer a broader understanding of different counselling and therapy approaches for people to consider, some of which I may be able to provide but importantly knowing those which I am not. I do however have a good knowledge of other counsellors/therapists/psychotherapists who may be able to help.
I have worked as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist (also called Family Therapist) in the NHS for 15 years and as Head of Family Psychotherapy. I hold a BSc honours degree in Psychology and an MA in Family Psychotherapy from the Tavistock Clinic in London and a Post Graduate University qualification as a Supervisor.
I am fully qualified and registered with the main national registering body (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy - UKCP) as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapy and as a Supervisor. My name is also listed on UKCP's separate register for those working with children and young people under 18. (If you would like more information about this paragraph, and why it can be important please see the section *below).
My general interests concern people's relationship issues, dilemmas or difficulties and how these affect or are affected by individua's worries or difficulties. Uncovering possible strengths and resources around us as well as developing new ways of thinking/being can be useful in better managing or seeking to change/influence problems. This is partly what Family Therapists bring to counselling and therapy.
I have spent many years working and closely listening to young people and adults, to better understand in more detail their views on their problems, abilities, available support (or lack of) from family, friends and wider relationships. Finding out what has been tried so far is key to that understanding. After such a process a more tailored approach to realistic and effective change or adjustment is likely.
Difficulties like anxiety, depression, family and personal relationship problems can sometimes become intrusive to our everyday lives and may edge us towards seeking help. I can help. Also longer term traumas such as struggling to survive sexual or physical abuse or neglectful/damaging relationships significantly impact on our health and wellbeing. These are highly personal and sensitive matters in which I have substantial experience.
I have continued to develop special areas of interest. Currently, these include working with families with adult children where there are problems that have or might harm family relationships. Another special interest is in helping parents help their children, when they feel that past or current marital difficulties affect the child/ren.
Sometimes people don't have a clear problem or reason for wanting to see a counsellor or therapist, but may just feel unfulfilled, wanting to find new ways to develop as a person, or to learn from previous "mistakes." These too can be a basis for seeking counselling or therapy.
I offer to see families, couples, parents, friends and individuals depending on what people think might be better for them.
For professionals working in Health, Community or Charitable organisations that are seeking general support or supervision, I maybe of service as I have provided this to a wide variety of colleagues from very different trainings, disciplines and backgrounds, as well as qualified Family Psychotherapists over many years both in my NHS work and privately. if uncertain whether I may be of help, I'd be happy to receive a message or question on my email or phone.
I hope this helps you decide which of the registered counsellors, therapists or Supervisors you may consider talking to as a next step.
Although my phone is often diverted to voicemail I listen on weekdays daily and try to respond within 2 working days (as I do my email) so please contact me if you think I could be of further help in your search.
Any feedback about this section and what other may have helped would be both welcomed and appreciated.
* Only those who are so qualified and registered with UKCP specifically as a Family Psychotherapist or Family Therapist meet the high standards which the NHS in particular set for those calling themselves or providing Family Therapy. The NHS will not employ anyone for such a specialist post without proof of such an advanced training and specific upto date UKCP registration. I think this is important for the public to know because individuals with UKCP registration as a Family Therapist have:
- undertaken a minimum number of hours in seeing families including children for therapy
- attended a minimum number of hours per year additional training directly related to Family Therapy
- been meeting with a senior and registered Family Therapist on a regular basis to discuss and develop their work and address their training and professional development
- agreed to an ethical code of practice which if breached will mean sanctions
- to be answerable to the public, employers and UKCP for any complaints made about them. There is a formal process for such complaints and the more serious if proven can lead to de-registration from UKCP
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc (hons) Psychology
- Masters Degree in Social Work
- MA Degree in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy (Tavistock Clinic London)
- Post Graduate Qualification in Supervision and Consultation
- Training and experience covering over 30 years with children, parents and families in NHS and Local Authority specialist teams.
- Just under 30 years of working within a number of NHS multidisciplinary specialist child and adolescent mental health teams (CAMHS) in London and Hampshire.
- Joint leadership of an Eating Disorders Team
- Having recently retired from the NHS I have been providing for some time a small private Psychotherapy service (the last 10 years). This has included Parenting and Marital work as well as helping with broader relationship difficulties within or outside the home including those that are workbased.
- Professional supervision and consultation has also formed a significant part of my private work where other family psychotherapist, counsellors, therapists, nurses or colleagues working as carers can access specialist help when working with couples, families or other relationship.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
£100 for initial appointment
£85 for follow up appointments
No charge for attending to initial messages/questions.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Please leave any messages or questions on my email or phone. I check these daily on weekdays and try to reply within 2 working days.
Types of client
Supervision & training
Are you are a counsellor, therapist, psychotherapist, doctor or other professional, including those in training, working with families and finding it particularly challenging? This maybe a good moment to consider external support with a registered and qualified specialist Family and Systemic Psychotherapist who has a University post graduate qualification in Supervision and Consultation.