Phil Scott, DipHe (Theology), Dip Couns., MBACP (Reg)
I believe in the value and uniqueness of each individual. I also believe that within each person there is a core, genuine Self. This is what some might refer to as 'potential'. That potential can only find fruition if the conditions for growth are just right, but sadly this is often not the case because of the imperfections of the significant people in our lives, the society around us, and so on.
The counselling work is centred around the creation of a genuine, non-judgemental and empathic therapeutic relationship where there is no agenda. It allows for the real self to have a voice and enables the individual or couple to explore inner tensions and anxieties. This exploration enables each person to realise his/her self-worth and re-assess the various issues and the feelings that exist.
My approach is based on the Person-Centred model of counselling, which as the name suggests is focussed on the individual or couple rather on a set agenda of mine. I may also employ techniques from other schools of thought, for example the Parent/Adult/Child theories from Transactional Analysis. I may sometimes suggest some creative methods, but that will be agreed upon with each person.
It's my privilege to help facilitate the exploration of feelings and issues. I do this not by offering solutions or strategies but by offering empathy, encouragement, supportive challenge, and helping to identify links so that hopefully the individual be able to see things differently.
For work with couples I focus very much on the relationship. It's easy to blame the other person, or even oneself, for what may be seen as the issue or problem. My approach is to initially help you to assess your relationship and to look at how you manage conflict. I'll focus on helping you establish clearer communication between the two of you, irrespective of what the final outcome for your relationship might be.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Theology and Christian Ministry from Trinity College, Bristol (awarded by Bristol University)
Diploma in Counselling from Network Counselling, Bristol (awarded by University of Gloucester)
Certificate in Couples Counselling from See For Miles Ltd, Marlborough
Registered Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I charge £25 for an initial meeting in order to cover my costs. This 45-minute session gives us the chance to begin to look at the issues which brought you to counselling.
Each subsequent session is charged at £40, although a discount is available for blocks of six sessions booked and paid for in advance.
Apart from the initial meeting, the sessions are 60 minutes maximum duration.
I charge £35 for the initial meeting. Each subsequent session is charged at £45 per session. All sessions are of 60 minutes maximum duration.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client