Simon Harrison MA (UKCP Accredited)
I am an experienced, accredited counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor and I work with individuals and couples in a private and peaceful consulting room. I use an integrative approach drawing on psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, transpersonal and humanistic theories and offer short and long term therapy. My background is in the arts and I am particularly interested in how creativity and the imagination impact on how we see ourselves
Why you might benefit from counselling/psychotherapy
People come to see me for therapy for all sorts of reasons. It may be that childhood issues are preventing you from moving forward in your life and you are stuck in unhelpful patterns of relating to yourself and others, you may want to use the time to look forward and get support in shaping the life that you yearn for, or you may just need a space to process challenging life experiences like bereavements or changes in circumstances. How we would work would emerge from the particular questions and struggles you are bringing.
Whatever brings you to therapy you will receive attention and compassion and an opportunity to become clearer about who you are and what you want from life.
Please call me if you would like to find out more. A good therapy is dependent on you having a sense of "fit" with your therapist and a telephone conversation is the first step toward finding that fit. I am usually around at 9am weekday mornings then again at lunchtimes. Do leave a message if I don't answer with a time when it would be suitable for me to return your call.
You can also visit my website at the address at the top of this page
Some thoughts on the issues you may need to explore:
Part of the process will be to understand the unique nature of your depression. What might have needed to be "depressed" as in pushed down? Or it could be the response to difficult current life circumstances. There are often underlying feelings that need a space in which to surface and be thought about.
This may have its roots in childhood or can be triggered by present day stresses. You may have an innate sensitivity that needs managing differently or there may be internal conflicts that leave you feeling unsafe
Survivors of Child Abuse
I have considerable experience working with adult survivors often with some degree of post traumatic stress. Trust is vital in making a space for the abused child to eventually have a voice without overwhelming the adults capacity to function.
We still live in a world of confusing messages regarding sexuality. It can be useful to have the opportunity to undo some of the negative and restrictive conditioning and discover a sexuality that it is personal, authentic and less guilt ridden.
Alcohol can easily become a dangerous way of coping with other difficulties. If you have a severe drink problem you may benefit from trying a recovery programme such as Alcoholics Anonymous before or during the challenges of psychotherapy.
Meaning and Purpose
Many people describe a struggle to find meaning particularly around mid-life. We may have become disconnected from knowing our own desires having thrown ourselves into jobs and families. We may never have taken the time to think about what it means to be human, what is our true nature, what we understand to be a life well lived.
Relationship Difficulties and Couples Counselling
You may be needing support in improving listening and communication skills, looking at the disowned parts of yourself you may be projecting (eg what presses our buttons in others is sometimes what we dont like in ourselves), managing conflict, looking for ways forward
To be creative is to be alive and without imagination the world remains a literal, rational, concrete experience. Image and dreams can give us insights into our experience whatever issue we may be dealing with.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working professionally in this field since 1997.
I have an MA in Psychotherapy that was awarded in 2003 from the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust.
I have been accredited with the UKCP since 2003 and I abide by their code of ethics
I have worked as a senior trainer and tutor at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education since 2004.
I also have experience in working with psychotherapy students in training
I have regular supervision and I am committed to my ongoing professional development
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.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
EMDR - I am currently undertaking a three part EMDR training suitable for working with one-off and complex traumas
My fees are £60 per session with some reduced fee daytime spaces for students and those on low incomes (£65 for couples)
In the event of us contracting to work together, the kind of information about you that I might collect and store includes: Personal information, such as name, address, contact numbers, date of birth etc., background information relevant to the therapy, therapy notes and invoices and receipts.
I will use these details to provide you with my services. I keep records for 3 years after the end of therapy, or when I last hear from you.
You have the right to ask to see the information that I hold about you - please ask me and you can view it in a session. You can ask me to change any information that I hold about you that is incorrect. You have the right to ask me to delete any information that I hold about you, which I will do save for that which I have a legal obligation to keep, for example for business tax purposes.
For any complaints about how I handle your data, in the first instance please contact me. If you are not satisfied with my response, you have a right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office. This can be done at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/