Rory Mescall Reg. MBACP (Accred.), MATSAC, MA (Cantab)
When the government launched the cross-party strategy ‘No Health without Mental Health’ in 2011, they could not have anticipated the profound negative impact the current COVID-19 pandemic is having on the mental health of the population as a whole. We are currently living in unprecedented times and it seems that the only constant characteristic aspect of our current situation is uncertainty.
Many of us struggle to cope with this persistent uncertainty in our lives and this inevitably leads to abnormally raised levels of anxiety and fear. Fear for your health and those close to you, the grief arising from bereavement, the strain of social isolation and the financial consequences of unemployment and loss of financial security, all undermine your morale and sense of purpose. You are in acute need of support but don’t want to burden friends or family because they’re also struggling with similar levels of stress.
I’m Rory, an experienced BACP Accredited counsellor and I can offer you the opportunity to explore your anxiety and fears an empathic, non-judgemental and confidential setting. Whether you want to talk about what may have happened, what is currently happening or what you fear may happen in the future, I try to provide an agenda-free space for you to do so .
I am an integrative counsellor and, as such, I aim to offer a counselling process and strategies based on your needs, rather than limit my approach to one particular theoretical approach, as other counsellors may do.
In this form of counselling, there is a focus on achieving greater levels of self-acceptance and personal growth. My main objective would be the building of a collaborative understanding and the setting of mutually agreed goals - you are the expert on you, not me. Exploring your experiences, positive and negative, is an essential part of the process of identifying and developing the use of your own resources.
Personal and family experiences convinced me of the value and importance of counselling in enabling people to make positive life changes and this inspired me to follow the path of counsellor training. I feel my previous 40 years of working alongside a diverse range of people in industry, commerce, education and community organisations all inform and enrich my practice as a counsellor.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as an integrative counsellor and, as a Registered Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I adhere to their Ethical Framework and Professional Guidelines in all aspects of my professional practice.
- BACP Accredited status
- CPACB L5 Diploma in Working with Sex Addiction.
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency
- BPS Approved Certificate in Third Wave CBT
- ABC L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- MA (Cantab) Natural Sciences
- Edexcel L3 Diploma in Health and Social Care.
In accordance with the BACP requirement to maintain and progress in skills and knowledge, both before and after my core training, I have attended a wide range of training and workshops that including:-
- Working with Couples
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)
- Counselling for Bereavement and Loss
- Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse
- Exploring Gender & Gender Diversity
- Working with Addictions
- Essential Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Skills
- Attachment Theory into the Future
- Introduction to Psychosexual Therapy
- Counselling Suicidal Clients
In addition to my private practice, I have worked as a volunteer counsellor for Mind TOG (Tameside, Oldham & Glossop), where I have previously delivered courses on subjects such as Anger Management and Coping with Stress & Anxiety to members of the public accessing services at Mind. I have also previously worked as a volunteer counsellor at SignPost for Carers in Stockport, providing counselling for adult carers and as a CBT e-therapy facilitator for Self Help Services
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.
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity
The Association for Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (ATSAC) is the leading UK organisation providing hope, information, support, and treatment options for those affected by sexual addiction and compulsivity.
ATSAC sets standards of practice for qualified therapists and provides accreditation for specialist training courses. A therapist who has gone through ATSAC recognised training will have the knowledge to respect and work with you sensitively to find out how best to support your needs.
Therapy options may include one-to-one sessions, group work, and/or relationship counselling. ATSAC is a not-for-profit organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
All Third Wave CBT approaches incorporate mindfulness-based strategies for dealing with anxiety and stress.
I offer an initial 30 - 40 minute session as a means of mutual introduction which is free of charge. Thereafter, for individual counselling or CBT, 50 minute sessions are charged at the rate of £45 for individuals or £60 for couples. For those seeking help in dealing with sex addiction, sessions are charged at £50 for individuals and £60 for couples.
Advance payment for a block of 6 sessions qualifies for a discount of 15%, e.g. £230 rather than £270 for individual counselling or £305 for couples.
In all cases, session fees are payable in cash or by BACS prior to the session.
(Please note - 6 session booking allows no refunds for cancellation and all sessions are to be taken within the 9 week period following the initial session)
Although my therapy sessions are usually held in the Archways Private Medical & Health Clinic, Romiley, Stockport, I am currently unable to offer face-to-face counselling but can instead offer online sessions via Skype or Zoom.
Concessions offered for
I am a member of ATSAC (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity) and ACBS (Association of Contextual Behavioral Science).
I hold a current DBS Enhanced Certificate and full Professional Civil Liability Insurance.
I am registered with the ICO ( Information Commissioner's Office) and authorised to hold relevant sensitive personal information under appropriately secure storage.