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CounsDip (MBACP) RCH Counselling

About me

My name is Ryan, I am a qualified counsellor and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I have over 300 hours of post qualification experience working with clients.

In our lives, we may feel the need for someone to talk to, express what we are feeling, what is on our minds and feel listened to. Maybe something in our lives is making it difficult for us to move forward and achieve our goals, so we may need that extra support. Counselling can provide a perfect atmosphere for people to express themselves openly.

As my client, you will be offered a safe and private space where you can talk freely and openly about what is on your mind, where you will be offered unconditional positive regard and without the fear of judgement. You can use the time to to express and explore your thoughts and feelings and work on ways of managing the problems you face in your day to day life.

Sometimes talking is the first step towards finding your own ways of resolving your problems, as it can help clear your mind and be able to better focus on yourself and your own wellbeing.

If it's your first time trying counselling, it can feel like a scary step. But by working together, building trust and taking the time to explore your thoughts and emotions can be a positive step forward towards achieving your own goals.

As a counsellor, I mainly work with a person centred model, alongside a range of skills and theoretical bases which I can draw upon in order to help adapt the sessions to better suit my client’s needs.

I can work with clients remotely (Via telephone or zoom), or face to face (please enquire as this is subject to government guidelines and my own preferences, in order to keep myself and my clients safe).

You can also check out my counsellor website for additional information as well as client testimonials.

If you are interested, would like to know more or book a session, feel free to call, text or email me. I will get back to you as soon as I can!

Training, qualifications & experience

I started training in counselling back in 2016, taking my classes with the South Essex College. I graduated and obtained my level 4 diploma in 2020.

In my final two years of training, I have worked with the charity organization Mind, in Thurrock and Brentwood, as part of my training in a volunteer placement position. After graduating and completing my training, I continue to volunteer with them. 

I currently work as an independent counsellor with the organization Motivated Minds, in Basildon.

Working (and training) with these organizations, I have gained experience working safely and ethically with different clients (men and women of varying ages, cultures, sexualities, etc.) facing different ailments that may be troubling them in their day to day lives (self confidence, depression, anxiety, childhood traumas, loss, etc).

While training, I have worked primarily with clients face-to-face. but with the 2020 pandemic, I have mainly worked with clients remotely via telephone. I have continued to work with clients remotely after qualifying. Face to face is available, but subject to protective methods to keep myself and my clients safe.

As part of my commitment to my profession, I take regular CPD (which are training and educational courses taken by counsellors on order to further develop and learn new skills and ways to support clients) in order to enhance my practice.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • General issues we face in our day to day lives.
  • Issues/ traumas that derive from childhood.
  • Moving forward with life after a bad experience.
  • Issues that affect men.

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£35.00 per session

Additional information

Sessions are set at £35, each session lasting 50 minutes. My price can be flexible depending on the circumstance.

Our first session will serve as an assessment as well as an introductory session, which may be somewhat therapeutic for you. It is important for both of us to feel comfortable working together. This initial session is £25.

I do offer an initial phone consultation, lasting between 15-20 minutes.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My availability depends on preference of face to face counselling or remote (telephone) counselling. Other available days may be subject to waiting.

Please contact me for more information.

Further information

I work with adult clients (ages 19 and over). I am not qualified to work with teens and children. When working with clients, I will always ensure that they are receiving an appropriate quality of service.

When making contact, you can either call, text or email. If I am not available at the time, I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Face-to-face sessions: Will take place at the address set on the page, in a private room set up comfortably and appropriately for us to work together. Parking is available right outside.

Remote sessions: Will mainly take place via Telephone or Zoom (Other methods can be made available). I operate in a private space. Please ensure you are on your own in a private space where you can talk openly, no third party is allowed to be present. 

Covid-19 information: Currently, I am operating remotely. Should we decide to work face to face, precautions are made to keep myself and you safe and healthy (hand sanitizer, temperature checks, and face coverings where appropriate). Availability is subject to Government guidelines and personal preferences.

146 Cumberland Avenue, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1DY

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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Sessions will take place in a room on the ground floor next to the entrance way, so clients with movement difficulties will not need to worry about moving too far. Parking is made available in front of my counselling space.

Additional languages


Having lived in Spain before, I have a fluent grasp on the Spanish language.

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