Simon Baverstock B.A.(Hons), PgDip. UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist.
Hello, and thankyou for stopping by. I wonder what has brought you here, and what you are looking for.
I am an Integrative Relational Psychotherapist and I use my experience of you in sessions to understand your way of being in the world.
I work with individuals weekly or more often (usually for a minimum of six weeks) who have experience of life, some of which they struggle with. These might include but not be limited to anxiety, sadness, depression, panic or loss.
I offer you a safe and confidential space to explore your experience.
You set the pace and the agenda. My agenda is to support you. Within a strong, supporting alliance, you can reach attainable goals. Being listened to and feeling heard can bring immediate benefits. Long standing suffering can take a longer term to unravel and resolve.
Congratulations if you have decided to seek support. Wild horses would not have dragged me to therapy had I not first known a therapist as a friend at a time of crisis who showed me kindness. That was the start of a journey of transition that has taken me to places I would not have believed but have valued ever since. Your journey is unique. Every time I've been listened to and understood I've come away feeling cared for and valued and have possessed a new sense of my worth. I've learned that change is inevitable and that how I care for myself in the present affects me in my future.
Psychotherapy need not only be about facing unpleasant emotions or experiences in company. I am equally willing to explore or witness your happiness or success. You may wish to undertake a journey of exploration or self development. Please see below for details of confidentiality.
While some Covid distancing restrictions are being relaxed I consider that the threat presented by close confinement presents a significant risk of virus transmission so for your safety and mine I continue to offer psychotherapy sessions by telephone or secure online video call.
I use the CORE - Outcome Measures forms periodically through my clients' journeys if they are willing as a way to monitor the effect and direction of my clients' psychotherapy.
You can contact me by text, phone or email to arrange an appointment. Please leave me a message of what you're looking for if I am unable to answer your call. I will return your call when it is convenient. I aim to respond to all calls within 48 hours.
I have worked with people with a wide range of experiences, some of which included but were not limited to sadness, PTSD, anxiety, low self esteem, bereavement, end of life, suicidal thoughts, anger, obsessive behaviour, alcoholism, drug use, domestic violence, sexual violence, depression, childhood sexual abuse, and/or panic attacks.
I welcome and have worked with people with experience of psychosis and Dissociative Identity Disorder.
I invite you with warmth and respect to explore subjects of your choice with me at your pace. Confidentiality will be maintained unless I believe your life or someone else's is in danger, when I am compelled to break confidentiality by a court of law, or where information disclosed during a session is of such gravity that confidentiality cannot reasonably be expected to be maintained, for example, in cases of fraud or crime.
Training, qualifications & experience
In May 2020 completed the Open University course "How to do counselling online: a coronavirus primer" in response to the Covid-19 social restrictions preventing usual face to face meeting. I have found telephone sessions to be equally effective for therapeutic work.
I began working with clients in 2012 in my fourth year of postgraduate training for a diploma in Integrative Relational Psychotherapy at Scarborough Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Institute.
In 2014 I co-founded Northern Lights Therapy Service in Scarborough which specializes in the treatment of adults who have profound childhood experience of sexual abuse, neglect, domestic and/or sexual violence, trauma and exploitation. I remain a director in practice there.
Prior to my psychotherapy training I gained a B.A. (Honours) degree in Theology and Christian ministry in 1997 and worked in drug and alcohol rehabilitation and youth work with periods in the leisure and manufacturing industries.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £45 for each psychotherapy session of sixty minutes duration.
I have telephone and video call appointments available between the hours of 8:30am and 8pm weekdays excluding Wednesdays.