Hello, my name is Phil and I am a qualified Humanistic counsellor and psychotherapist.
Are you feeling low? Anxious? Questioning your worth for others and yourself? Feeling isolated irrespective of your social and community connections? You are not alone. Whilst battling these internal conflicts can leave you feeling alienated, and somewhat of a black sheep, my experiences, both professionally and personally, suggest that these are universal of human living.
How can counselling help?
So how does one deal with these issues? Over the course of my counselling training, I have developed the belief that individuals are stronger and more capable than they would ever give themselves credit for, even in the face of adversity. While I believe this capacity for resilience is innate in human beings, with the backing of a supportive other such as a counsellor or psychotherapist, the rewards of this human quality can be greater reaped and enhanced.
These tales of resilience along with the philosophy of Humanistic psychology underpin the way that I work. I believe that not only are human beings capable of surviving in the face of hardship, but flourishing. My role is simply to provide a warm, non-judgmental but challenging environment through which you can explore anything you wish to bring to the session, where your voice will be heard and your confidentiality will be protected.
While my background is predominantly person-centred, I have a keen interest in various other therapeutic interventions, including creative techniques, CBT practices such as positive affirmations, gestalt experiments and existential therapy.
I am an individual member of the BACP (membership number 00929029) and abide by their ethical framework, attending regular clinical supervision and continuing to enhance my practice through further training and research. I offer face-to-face counselling sessions in Brentwood, as well as remote sessions over Zoom and via telephone.
What can I expect in the first session?
The first session will typically be an opportunity for me to get to know you, the problems you are experiencing and your goals for therapy. If you choose to work with me, we will usually contract for a minimum of six sessions, the sixth being a review. After which, a discussion regarding further sessions will be had; if a mutual agreement for the continuation of therapy is reached, sessions will continue at your discretion until you feel comfortable for an ending.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked for The Outhouse (formerly Outhouse East) and the probation service (Essex CRC) as a student counsellor for two years.
Over the course of my training, I have engaged with a range of client experiences, including depression, suicide ideation, domestic violence, racial identity and various LGBTQ+ issues, including gender identity and expression and sexuality.
I have participated in over 100 hours of counselling, facilitating sessions both face-to-face and remotely (i.e., Zoom and telephone).
BA (Hons) in Counselling – South Essex College University Centre (examining body – University of East Anglia): First Class Honours
Level 2 Safeguarding
Various CPD certificates
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have worked therapeutically within the criminal justice system, and as such have experience with low-to-medium risk offenders.
From £50.00 to £55.00
Concessions offered for
Please note that I offer my counselling services to adults (18 years +) only
Individual sessions (daytime) £50
Individual sessions (evening - 5pm and beyond) £55
Concessions offered for over 65's, low income/unemployed, students, and trainee counsellors/psychotherapists (please contact me to discuss)
I also offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation, to discuss any queries and to establish whether counselling is right for you.
Friday availability: 9 am to 5pm
Saturday availability: 9am to 1pm
As well as offering remote counselling services, I operate my private practice from my home in Brentwood in Essex. The location is central to Brentwood, within walking distance of both the high street and the local railway station (which has direct links to both London and Essex).
My way of working is traditional Humanistic talk therapy. However, I have experience of working with and facilitating other interventions, many of them creative, including positive affirmations, breathing exercises, and guided imagery, to name a few.