Phil Martin - Sojourn Counselling. BACP. Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy
There are times in all of our lives when it can be difficult to see a way through the challenges we face. Learning more about yourself and the person you would like to become, whilst gaining understanding in how you relate to others (and visa versa) can be a hugely empowering process. It is a brave decision to bring yourself to see a counsellor and I am aware of the challenge this can often be. I believe my role as a counsellor and therapist is to provide a safe and supportive environment through which you might better understand the difficulties you are facing, how you feel, and how you can move forward in areas of your life where you are overwhelmed.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy - IACP (Irish Association Counselling & Psychotherapy) Accredited.
- Individual Member BACP (British Association Counselling & Psychotherapy).
I am a qualified Integrative Therapist, trained to provide a range a therapeutic approaches to ensure you are heard and the right support is offered. These approaches include (though not limited to) Person Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic Therapy.
I aim to work in an accepting and compassionate way. As your therapist you can expect me to listen, understand your needs, and be non-judgemental as we explore the difficulties that you are facing. I have personally experienced the positive impact of the counselling process and practice in a way that is accessible to all - recognising the differences, unique qualities and gifts we all have.
I have over 15 years experience (both within a Local Authority and Charity settings) of working and supporting individuals and families through a range of complex challenges. I have worked both as a practitioner and manager across a number of services supporting parents, young people, victims of crime (including domestic violence and assault), and a charity supporting children who have been trafficked and exploited. The challenges individuals face can often feel insurmountable. I have experienced how working in a collaborative and supportive environment can enable people to adapt and make the changes they want to see. It is a real privilege to provide direct counselling and therapeutic support to those in need.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 per session
It is important you find the right counsellor for you. I therefore offer an optional short initial telephone consultation free of charge, to discuss whether counselling with me will meet your needs.
I work with flexibility around the needs of my clients. I can provide both early morning and evening sessions, online, Monday - Friday.
I work within the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework for good practice. With the unique interests and needs of my clients in mind, I maintain my professional competence through continuous personal development and work ethically within my practice.
Depending on your own needs, I am able to offer short-term, time limited or open-ended therapy.