Hello, my name is Simon and I am a BACP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist.
There are times in our lives when we need someone to talk to and support us to make positive changes in our lives when we are experiencing challenges. Sometimes life becomes difficult and when our thoughts and feelings begin to affect our well-being, functioning and relationships then it may be time to get some support.
My theoretical approach to counselling is primarily person-centred however my training enables me to utilise an integrative approach incorporating emotion-focused psychotherapy, meta-cognition and cognitive behavioural techniques. This enables the offering of both coping strategies and process work to resolve the underlying root issue.
As your counsellor, I will offer you an accepting and non-judgemental relationship whatever you bring to your counselling sessions. I will be open and honest about myself as we work and together we can aim to find meaning for your emotions, thoughts and feelings. I aim to promote self-acceptance, understanding and self-discovery.
I offer a free 30-minute consultation where you can decide if you think we will be able to work together. This also provides an opportunity for us to discuss what you want from your therapy and how we can make it effective. I offer short term therapy (6-10 sessions) and long-term therapy (15 sessions +) if you prefer.
Training, qualifications & experience
As well as my private practice, I work in a hospice with adults and children experiencing bereavement, pre-bereavement and loss. I have worked across various community settings including working at counselling centres who focus on anxiety and depressive conditions.
During my career I have worked with many clients, all of whom have had their own unique story, covering a variety of different client issues. These include:
Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Relationship issues, self-esteem and confidence issues, Physical, emotional or sexual abuse, Phobias, Family issues, Bereavement and pre-bereavement, Meaning and fulfilment, Loneliness and isolation, Guilt, Shame, Work and Career issues.
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have a Foundation degree in Counselling, a BA (Hons) degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and an MA in Integrative psychotherapy.
My formal qualifications are:
- Foundation Degree in Person centred counselling. (Edge Hill University)
- BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy. (UCLan)
- MA in Integrative Psychotherapy. (UCLan)
- Diploma (Level 4) in Children and Young People. (Family Care associates)
- Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a free 30-minute consultation where you can decide if you think we will be able to work together. This also provides an opportunity for us to discuss what you want from your therapy and how we can make it effective. This of course has no obligation.
I offer short term therapy (6-8 sessions) and longer term therapy (10 sessions +) if you prefer. We will review every six sessions to ensure your sessions do not extend unnecessarily.
My fees are £40 per 50 minute session with discounts for block bookings.
I am happy to consider concessions if you are on a low income.
Face-to-face therapy: Saturday afternoons and evenings Sundays Telephone and Online counselling: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I work within the BACP ethical framework which promotes the essential elements of professional practise including regular clinical supervision of my practice by a qualified and experienced supervisor.