Peter Dillon

Peter Dillon

1 Stonecross
St. Albans
Hertfordshire
AL1 4AA

07523950629

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About me

I work to provide a safe and confidential space in which you can share the difficulties you want to work on, at a pace you feel comfortable with.

Together we can examine, without judgement, what brings you to counselling, why things are difficult now and what you want to achieve by the end of our work together.

Through years of personal development and counselling training I have gained a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience and this enables me to adapt my way of working to suit your needs and I work with clients to explore and find the most appropriate tool to support you.

I have practised meditation and mindfulness for eight years. My practice helps to calm my mind and I find it especially useful to manage the daily pressures and stresses of life. I am able to offer guidance on meditation and mindfulness if this is something that you think may be of benefit.

Due to my peaceful nature my way of working follows this vein; I am patient, empathic and I find this has the effect of helping others to feel calmer, less stressed and a sense of peace.

Self-care is not selfish Counselling is your time; that special time in the week when you can say to yourself or others "this is about me" and I’m going to invest in myself because "I matter" and "I deserve this". Sadly, some people don’t seek support and I wonder if part of the reason is the internal monologue which says, "I’m not good enough". My hope for every client that I see is that they can feel how special, unique and valuable they are. This is not often the case at the beginning of therapy but many clients have told me that through the process of therapy they have been able to see that they are special and deserve to treat themselves with loving kindness.

Training, qualifications & experience

B.A. (Hons) Degree in Counselling

BACP Level 5 Advanced Diploma / Foundation Degree in Counselling

BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills

BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

I have worked for a bereavement agency in London and I have specific skills and experience to support individuals with the grieving process that often occurs when something or someone you care about is taken away.

Alongside my counselling I also work in a hostel supporting residents  16-25yrs to develop their social skills and manage their overall wellbeing. My job puts me in daily contact with young people suffering with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. I have spent 100s of hours sitting with young people and helping them through their difficulties. I have gained a lot of knowledge, experience and practical tools around anxiety and depression which I can offer to clients if appropriate.

I am a member of the regulatory body BACP which is a professional association for members of the counselling professions. The BACP provides an ethical framework to which I adhere to and which is aligned with my views of being committed to sustaining and advancing good practice

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

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Fees

Initial consultation £25.00 subsequent sessions £ 45.00 per session.

The sessions are usually once a week and are for 50 minutes.

The first session is an initial consultation which provides the opportunity to find out if I am the right counsellor for you.

I can accommodate short-term or long-term counselling. You decide when you would like to end our sessions.

As part of my counselling training it was a requirement to undertake at least forty hours of personal therapy. I understand first-hand, just how difficult and nerve-racking it can feel to take the first steps into counselling. I usually recommend we have a really informal chat over the phone before our first session (usually lasting no longer than 10 minutes)so I can answer any questions you may have and work with you to reduce any worry or anxiety you may be feeling.

Further information

I understand that for some people a therapy room can be a very daunting place and for those who suffer from claustrophobia it can feel an impossibility to be in a confined space for a long period of time. I am also aware that people who suffer from Agorophobia are unlikely to even venture outside of their house. I am also mindful of individuals with disabilities or those who have certain injuries which mean it is difficult or impossible to get to my practice in St Albans. It is for those reasons and others that I offer alternative options for counselling.

ECOTHERAPY: Therapy sessions in around nature with benefits of awakening feelings and senses by restoring the connection to the natural world. Examples of this would be having a therapy session whilst walking around a lake or park or just sitting on a bench being fully alive and present to the nature surrounding us.

ONLINE WEBCAM THERAPY:This is through the platform Zoom. I use Zoom rather than Skype because it meets a very high standard of confidentiality and data security and it will not collect your personal information.

If we do get the opportunity to meet, I will see you soon.

But

If we don’t, I wish you all the best in your search for a counsellor and I want to say thank you for taking the time to read this page.

Maps & Directions

St. Albans, AL1 4AA

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Availability

Please contact for current availability.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults