Sian Leone Williams
Psychotherapist/Counsellor/Supervisor - MBACP (Accred)
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I am a psychotherapist / counsellor with over 17 years experience including within private practice and the NHS at a senior level. Throughout this period I have provided psychological support for employees of organisations within the public sector, the financial sector and industry. In addition to this I have worked in private practice for over fourteen years with over 80% of my referrals coming via doctors, community mental health teams, insurance companies and EAP Schemes etc. as well as individuals who have contacted me directly either from professional directories or based on recommendations.
Sometimes people are very clear about what they need support with. They recognise that they are struggling with e.g. panic attacks and are keen to resolve this issue. However, others would like to access therapy for something that they are struggling with, but feel that what they are experiencing "is not bad enough". Whichever group you fall into, if you have a problem, situation or experience that is impacting your daily life; it may be something that happened years ago, or recently, or you may not know why you are feeling as you do, then making the decision to work with a professional, such as myself, to find a way forward is a positive thing to do.
I aim to provide every client with a non-judgemental, confidential and safe environment in which to explore their difficulties. However even if your life is in turmoil right now and you don’t know where to start, I will support you while you decide what the focus of our work together will be. Therapy can be challenging and is not always 'comfortable' as individuals seek to address concerns and behaviours which may be inhibiting their personal happiness and growth. However, by accessing therapy, individuals can work towards gaining a better understanding of themselves and to find helpful coping strategies and resources which will support them in their lives going forward. I believe that the quality of the therapeutic relationship i.e. the professional relationship between the therapist and the individual will have an impact on the work undertaken and strive always to ensure that my clients feel supported as they commit to improving their situation.
If you are struggling, I would encourage you to reach out to myself or another member of my profession and 'give it a try'. We understand this may be hard for you but, as a profession, we will endeavour to offer you as much support as we can and it may be that you will find some benefit in accessing one of us. My concern is that in not reaching out when you are struggling, and possibly being unable to access your usual avenues of support; going to work, speaking openly to friends and family, reducing or over exercising, reducing social activities etc., that you may ruminate more and your mood level and general coping may deteriorate. Please think hard before you talk yourself out of accessing support. Remember - if after the initial phone call you realise it is not for you, that's fine, but you may have a lot to gain!
The type of therapy used and the number of session required :- This will depend on the exact nature of what the you are experiencing. Every client who comes to see me, will start a thorough assessment in the first session and at the end of the first meeting can decide whether they would like to arrange another appointment or not. I believe that therapy is a very personal experience and if the individual is to have a positive experience then the match between therapist and client needs to be a 'good' one. For this reason there is no pressure on the individual to continue with therapy after the first session.
Type of therapy used:- Although trained in several kinds of therapy e.g. ACT (acceptance committment therapy), CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), person-centered therapy, transactional analysis, solution focused therapy; I would describe my approach as integrative. This is because I will utilise whatever skills and tools I can in the best interest of my client as opposed to making my client “fit” a particular model of therapy.
I am used to working with clients in either short or long term therapy but will suggest referrals elsewhere if I feel a client needs support better provided by another professional. My only expectation from my client is that they want to improve their situation. The fee I charge is based on the number of sessions booked etc and I discuss this with each client. PLEASE NOTE that I am providing a professional service and once an appointment is made I am holding that hour for YOU so if you need to cancel the appointment with less than 24 hours, or fail to attend a booked appointment, you will be charged for that appointment.
I work with adults and older adults.
I am also a qualified and experienced clinical supervisor with experience of supervising both newly qualified and experienced psychotherapists / counsellors either individually or in small groups.
As a Registered Member MBACP (Accred) I work to the BACP Framework of Ethics and Practice. I also hold professional insurance cover for my practice. I am committed to supporting my clients to the very best of my abilities and for this reason I undertake regular training to continue my own professional development.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc CBT (Adults) - Liverpool University - 2012
PgDip Counselling - Liverpool University - 2004
Dip Hypnotherapy - Advanced Changeworks - 2012
Cert in Supervision - Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy - 2009
Registered / Accredited
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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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Workplace issues including; work related stress, working relationships including bullying, those undergoing grievance procedures, suspension from the workplace or being performance managed, anxieties around return to work after maternity leave of long term sickness absence***, change of role due to restructure, coping with changes in the workplace, time management, work/life balance, ‘I hate my job, but I am scared to move’, ‘Is it time for me to retire’?, etc..
*** recent issues include anxieties around return to work following Covid restrictions.
From £45.00 to £70.00
Concessions offered for
Counselling / psychotherapy - Discussed at referral and based on number of sessions etc.
Supervision - I have a sliding scale of fees for supervises depending on whether they are a student, working as a volunteer for a charity, self funding etc. The fees also differ based on whether you are seeking one-to-one supervision or looking to have group supervision. Please check out my website for a more detailed list of fees or phone me directly to discuss what you are looking for.
When I work
Flexible availability Monday - Saturday including early mornings and late evenings . Please call to discuss your needs
Having worked as the Clinical Lead for a staff counselling and psychotherapy service supporting employees of both mental health and acute hospital trusts, I have good insight into work related issues in these areas.
I have also worked with members of the ambulance service and police force.