Simon Hardy M.B.A.C.P accredited. Dip Couns.
Choosing a Counsellor can be a difficult process therefore I believe that it is important to have some knowledge of your chosen therapist’s theoretical background and working methods.
My working method is integrative which means I adopt more than one theoretical approach but predominately incorporates Person Centred and Cognitive Behavioural techniques. Person Centred is a non authoritative, non judgemental approach to Counselling which gives an individual a safe environment to talk freely, adjust negative self concepts and subsequently overcome ‘blocks’ which may hinder or prevent emotional fulfilment. Cognitive Behavioural techniques involve identifying and changing unhelpful patterns of thinking which can often both trigger and maintain psychological and emotional distress.
I am able to offer short or long term therapy according to the wishes and needs of the individual client. I am aware that owing to employment commitments it can often be difficult for individuals to attend daytime sessions, therefore I can offer evening and weekend (Saturday) appointments subject to availability.
A first or initial session would be an opportunity for you to discuss your needs and expectations from therapy. I also feel that it is an important opportunity to decide whether you feel that your chosen Therapist is suitable for you and that you would feel comfortable working together.
Training, qualifications & experience
Following 3 years of NHS based training I was awarded the diploma in Integrative Counselling.
For approximately 7 years I have worked with NHS patients at both GP surgeries and primary care health centres across Kent. I am experienced at working with a diverse range of emotional and psychological problems including, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, loss, and the emotional consequences of psychological abuse. I also have training and experience of working with survivors of both adult and childhood rape, sexual abuse and childhood neglect. I am an accredited member of the B.A.C.P and I hold a current enhanced DBS certificate.
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
My fees are £40.00 per session. I am able to offer concessionary rates for over 65's, for those suffering financial hardship and for student counsellors in training.