Dr Phillip A. Rees
Having worked for over 30 years in the National Health Service, and the last 22 years specifically in a Mental Health environment providing psychological therapy, my private practice provides a Counselling and Psychotherapy service with a particular focus on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This involves both brief and long-term face-to-face therapy work.
The therapy offered has developed from many years of experience and training in a range of therapy skills and techniques; this enables clients to navigate their way through current reactive conditions in addition to historical and unresolved painful issues, and move towards the effective self-management of their life situation.
Common and enduring conditions including anxiety, depression, panic disorder, stress and work related issues, PTSD, bereavement, anger management, redundancy, OCD, current and historical issues of abuse, relationship and family issues, addictions, eating disorders, self-harm, long-term and medically unexplained conditions are addressed through therapy.
My face-to-face practice covers the West Midlands, Worcestershire and Birmingham, and is located in Bromsgrove, Worcs. I can also offer Telephone and online Counselling through Zoom, Skype and WhatsApp, and this has been accessed by people locally, nationally and internationally.
Training, qualifications & experience
My experience as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist has developed from my work within the private and public sector. This has included working with children, adults and couples'/family counselling. Clients for my private practice have self-referred or have been referred by medical practitioners and a range of statutory organisations and bodies.
For over 25 years I have been involved in the training of Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Further and Higher Education; this included being a Programme Manager for FE Counselling Training Programmes. I also offer Clinical Supervision to Trainee and Qualified Counsellors - this has included the Supervision of School and College Counsellors; Medical Practitioners, Mental Health Practitioners and MacMillan Nurses.
Approved Health Care Provider for EAP.
BUPA Recognised Therapist
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (University of Birmingham)
Diploma in Clinical and Pastoral Counselling (IOC, Glasgow)
Diploma in Post-Traumatic Stress Counselling (RSA and Richmond College of Fellowship of Community Mental Health)
Certificate in Supervision (AQA)
Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) - (Washington University, USA)
Licensed Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (Acuity Training and Development)
Counselling experience has included 10 years of working within a General Hospital in the Norh-East of England; 8 years of working at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Worcs, Princess of Wales Hospital, Bromsgrove, Worcs, and Barnsley Hall Mental Health Hospital, Bromsgrove, Worcs.
In addition, I worked for 5 years in a prison in North Staffordshire; 10 years as a Trauma Counsellor with the National Meningitis Trust. I have also worked within NHS mental health services for 22 years as a Psychological Therapist and 25 years as a Private Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I was a Senior College Counsellor in FE for 5 years, and I have been an EAP Counsellor for 18 years. I was also involved in the provision of counselling and psychotherapy service to prison officers for 10 years.
Continuing Professional Development Training
Understanding Depression and Lifting it Without Drugs
Brief Therapy Strategies
Guided Imagery and Visualisation For Therapeutic Change
The Fast Trauma (PTSD) and Phobia Cure
Effective Anger Management in the Medical and Caring Professions
Solution Focused Outcome Orientated Training
Clinical Risk Assessment Management Training
Equality and Diversity Training
Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Suicide Prevention Training
Dementia Awareness Training
Thinking Differently About Our Differences
Evidence Based Formulation in CBT
Clinical Supervision Training in HealthCare Settings
CBT For Panic Disorder
CBT For Eating Disorders: Practical Skills to Enhance Recovery
Creative Approaches to Working With Traumatised Refugees and Survivors of Torture Within Brief Therapy
CBT Interventions For Working With Long Term Conditions
Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Senior Accredited) Divisional Member: BACP Healthcare
Registered Member of the Professional Standards Authority
Member of the International Stress Management Association
Member of the Chartered College of Teachers
Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health
Fellow of the College of Teachers
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Examining Assessors
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
I hold professional indemnity insurance and have been DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service - Enhanced Certificate) checked.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Working with people who are suffering from Long-Term or Medically Unexplained Conditions.
I am able to offer weekday and Saturday appointments. I offer online therapy through Skype, Zoom, WhatsAp and FaceTime.
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling and Psychotherapy provide opportunities to talk through reactions to current issues and difficulties and enable exploration of historically based and unresolved issues.
Counselling appointments begin within an Assessment, and each appointment lasts for one hour. The number of appointments is dependent upon the needs of the client, and is always within their control, as they are the expert on their own condition. The locus of work helps to confront and explore the issues which impact upon cognitive, emotional and behavioural reactions to life crises and traumas. In general terms, the model of approach is one of Brief Therapy with a Solution Focused emphasis. However, there is not a prescribed number of appointments as this will be dependent upon the needs and recovery of the client.