Philipp-Chaim Berkovits FdA, BSc (Hons) MBACP
Hello and welcome!
In the following paragraphs I'm going to give you an overview of myself and my therapy practice. Should you decide to get in contact with me please message me and we'll arrange for a free initial phone consultation to talk about what it is that brings you to therapy and what it is that you like to get out of therapy. You can then decide whether you like to have some sessions with me. The amount of sessions is flexible and entirely up to you!
How I work
Although, I have learned many approaches of psychotherapy and I am able to apply them, I have adopted an approach that integrates humanistic, cognitive and experiential methods to achieve effective therapeutic change.
What will the sessions be like
In practice, you will control the sessions, talking and exploring what you like to explore and I will help you in this process to try and make sense of what is really going on for you. Sometimes, I may ask you to pause and inwardly sense a bodily felt sensation that accompanies a topic and sometimes I’ll gently recommend some simple strategies to help you better manage your thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
A gradual process
Reaching the deeper aspects, the parts of you that operate without you being fully aware of them and discovering underlying causes of your problems takes time. Therapy is no quick fix but rather a gradual process. In psychotherapeutic literature this process is metaphorically compared to the peeling of an onion. Layer by layer of one’s experiences are explored until one gets to the ‘core’ – that is the self that one truly is and discovers what is needed to achieve inner peace.
The therapeutic relationship
Having said that, research repeatedly found that successful therapy is not due to a specific approach but rather due to a good therapeutic relationship. Growth in therapy happens when therapist and client are in ‘synch’ and the therapist is perceived by the client as a genuine, non-judgemental and emphatic individual.
I specialise in anxiety related issues such as generalised anxiety disorder, OCD and panic. Having lived with anxiety myself as well as having worked for Anxiety UK since 2018 I can relate to individuals who struggle with constant worry. Over the past few years, I have learned and further developed effective methods that have helped many clients cope better with their anxiety. However, I also have experience in working with relationship issues, low self-esteem, depression, trauma, work - related issues, anger and bereavement.
Training, qualifications & experience
2014: Cert. Couns. Skills Level 2 - Manchester College
2016: Cert. Couns. Skills Level 3 - Manchester College
2019: FdA Couns. (distinction)- Lancaster University
2020: Bsc Couns. (Hons) (first class)- Staffordshire University
Additional Training: Intro to Emotional Intelligence, Intro to Gestalt Therapy (Working with Children and Young People), Intro to Play Therapy, Mentoring Skills, Certificate in the Rewind Technique for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Certificate in Mindfulness Training, Diploma in Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (Children and Young People) (Level 3), Online Counselling (ongoing), Certificate in Focusing (British Focusing Association) (ongoing)
2018: The Role of Therapist Self-Disclosure (TSD) In Adolescent Therapy - Counsellors’ Perspectives - DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.34627.25124/3
2020: The Client's Bodily Felt Sense: A Phenomenological Study - DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.33960.80647
2018 - : Anxiety UK, Private Practice
2018-2019 - School Counsellor at Medlock Valley Community School, Oldham, Greater Manchester
''Philipp was so easy to chat to and he fully understood my issues and how to help me deal with them. I found the whole process to be very effective and I've been amazed by the difference in my quality of life. Philipp managed to make me feel at ease and relaxed to the point I talked more than I would ever to someone. With this kind of atmosphere and feeling so able to talk about my problems without judgement made me be able to see things more clearly and take a step back. Once I was able to talk about what was going on inside my head it made it so much easier to deal with the thoughts rationally. I wish I'd done this years ago..." - C.R.
"Philipp, Thanks for your support over the past few weeks. It has been so different from my previous experiences and is much appreciated" - D.T.
"Philipp, I would like to thank you for helping me discuss, process and make peace with a lot of things I wasn’t aware I was holding onto...'' - J.D.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees are £50 per session (50 min). The first session is 1 hour.