Sean Stevens, Indoor And Outdoor Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
Each of us is capable of living a freer, richer, more fulfilling life. I provide indoor and outdoor therapy drawing from a range of approaches to guide and support you to understand your own personal story, free yourself from restrictive patterns and navigate relationships with others.
Each therapeutic journey is a personal and unique process and there are many reasons why you may choose to enter into therapy. Perhaps you experience feeling stuck in some way; you may recognise that you recycle familiar patterns which limit your experience. You may have difficult thoughts, feelings, and sensations in the body that feel new or familiar. You may engage in behaviours that are unhelpful to yourself and others. Perhaps you have tried to fix this situation in some way but have found yourself unable to break free of your script.
Through an warm, empathic and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship, I will support you to better understand the patterns of how you relate to yourself and others, and work with you to nurture your potential to live a richer more fulfilling life. I offer this in both indoor and outdoor settings.
People often come to me when they are experiencing emotional distress, depression or anxiety. You may be going through a challenging period in your personal relationships or work life or may be feeling a broader sense of unease about your life course. You may have reached a moment where you feel ready to explore a difficult attachment relationship or trauma from your past. In my experience as a therapist, change unfolds naturally through the process as you become more aware of your own story and attuned to how this works through you. As you do so a kinder more empathic relationship with yourself emerges that allows the possibility of a different lived experience. You may notice that you begin to make healthier choices, that you relate to others more easily, and find that your experience of being in the world feels more connected and satisfying.
The main psychological model that informs my work is Transactional Analysis. This is a flexible model combining a range of useful approaches - including cognitive behavioural-style techniques - with depth-psychotherapy, creating space for deeper emotional transformation. I believe in using a range of tools and insights to support individuals to flourish. For instance, I often draw on mindfulness theory and practice in therapy sessions, which I’ve explored as part of my parallel career in the helping professions and as a wellbeing trainer.
I currently offer therapy at a practice in Macclesfield, as well as outdoor therapy in the Bollington area. I am interested in how our relationship with nature can support us to make sense of our internal landscape and understand our interconnectedness with our environment and with the people around us. When working outdoors the therapy can take the form of simply walking and talking, sometimes we may find a space and settle there, perhaps for the whole session. At other times we may explore more focused exercises. The pacing is co-created. You do not have to be particularly fit or outdoorsy to benefit from outdoor therapy or you may prefer an indoor setting; I can accommodate both.
Training, qualifications & experience
- 4 years post graduate study in Transactional Analysis
- Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
- Certificate in Taking Therapy Outside
- Certificate in Elemental Body workshop
- I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), and work within the Ethical Framework of the BACP.
- I am also a member of the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA).
- I carry professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
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
£45 session fee
Longer sessions can be negotiated