Simon Newbury - Individual & Relationship Counselling
COVID-19 note: I have now resumed face-to-face work from my Wolsley location - a converted shepherd’s hut in Oakedge parkland on the north edge of Cannock Chase. The COVID-19 prevention measures I have put in place to reduce health risk can be read further down.
Specialising in relationship counselling, with 20 years’ experience working for Relate, I offer couple and individual counselling in both indoor and outdoor settings. We can explore unhelpful feelings, thoughts and behaviours, using a range of different counselling models that best bring about the changes you want.
If you feel the need to improve your relationship, your wellbeing, and gain some relief from distress, please get in touch for a consultation to talk through what you would like to achieve and to see if you feel we could work together.
I often find people wonder if their own problems are somehow worthy or bad enough for them to indulge in counselling, maybe holding out for change or thinking that time will make things better on its own. My belief is that with a relatively brief focus on whatever is upsetting you - and maybe those around you - you can find relief, better ways of coping, or resolution.
I work from a converted shepherd’s hut on the edge of Cannock Chase in the grounds of Oakedge Park. This is a very natural site, overlooking pools and surrounded by a forest landscape, making a beautiful place to work and walk from - see photos below.
Walking therapy for some people is less intense, and reduces the sense of being ‘under the spotlight’ compared to a more traditional setting. The shepherd’s hut provides a space for our session whilst being surrounded by nature. It is also a base to walk from if you would like to do that. Alternatively we can arrange to walk from different parts of Cannock Chase or along the local canals, should you find that a more comfortable way to talk.
Measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19
To enable face-to-face work to take place in the hut, the following measures have been taken to minimise the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19:
1. Before attending the session - please let me know if you are unwell and what symptoms you are showing before coming.
2. When you arrive at the hut, the door will be opened, I will stand back and you can come in and sit down.
3. We will sit 2 metres apart with the windows open and the double doors as well unless the weather is particularly bad - the log burner will be lit regardless, unless the weather’s too warm.
4. I will ask if you’re feeling well or have any symptoms.
5. There will be a newly washed throw on the sofa for you.
6. Hand sanitiser will be provided (Rubbing Alcohol - 70% Isopropyl Alcohol). If you feel you may be allergic to Isopropyl, please bring your own sanitiser.
7. If you wish to wear a face mask, please do so. I will wear one or a plastic face cover, if requested.
8. I ask that you bring your own drink and keep it with you during the session. Tissues are provided and will be taken with you at the end of the session.
9. There is a surface you can put things on and this will be sanitised between sessions.
10. At the end of the session, payments will be made by card using an iZettle card reader as normal, so no physical contact is made. If this is not possible, I will give you the details to make an electronic transfer.
11. When you leave at the end of the session, I will open the door if they're closed for poor weather and you and you can return to the car park.
If you have any concerns regarding the above measures, please do get in touch..
Training, qualifications & experience
Cert. Marital and Couple Counselling.
20 years experience and ongoing CPD within and outside of Relate.
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
A face-to-face session is 60 minutes and the fee is £45 for individuals and £65 for couples. Sessions can be extended and held at different intervals to suit.
An online Zoom or phone session is 60 minutes and the fee is £40 for individuals and £60 for couples. (I currently offer only individual work over the phone, not couple work)