Simon Phelps BA(Hons), MSc, HND, MBACP
80 Beach Road
I am an experienced, professionally trained and qualified Humanistic counsellor. I work with children, young people and adults and am a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP).
My approach is based upon Humanistic theories around respect for the individual and their autonomy. Establishing a genuine counselling relationship is central to my way of working. I use a range of approaches within my work depending on what the client needs. I work with a flexible and creative style tailored to the individual client. We are all unique, one size does not fit all.
I have had a very broad and varied experience of life. I believe this gives me considerable personal insight and allows me to empathise with many of my clients individual reasons for coming into counselling.
Previous clients have considered me to be a very grounded individual with a warm, solid presence and a good sense of humour. I can be gently challenging where necessary while being highly supportive and compassionate.
I have worked with a wide range of clients and have provided long term complex counselling support as well as short term focused work. I have undertaken a considerable amount of personal counselling and continue to work on myself and undertake training as part of my on-going professional development. I'm presently training as a supervisor as I enjoy supporting other counsellors.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Science, Society & the Media
MSc History of Science, Medicine & Technology
Certificate in Working with Children and Adolescents
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
On going Professional Development and Training including: Understanding Self Injury, Working with Addiction, Eating Disorders, Carers Issues, Working with Trauma, Ecotherapy, Exploring Anger, Stress Prevention etc.
Various Psychodrama workshops and training.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am also interested in 'mid life' issues and supporting disabled people.
Providing counselling to carers over a number of years has meant that I have supported people who have been providing significant care to children, partners or parents etc. Concerns covered have included mental health issues, sexual / historical abuse, low self esteem, relationship difficulties, living with pain, loss of identity and bereavement, alcohol and drug misuse etc .
In my private practice I have worked with a wide range of clients from many backgrounds. Sometimes this has involved deeper longer term work whilst other clients have required more short-term focused sessions.
Initial Assessment & Meeting £40
Individual Counselling: 50 Minute Session £40
Concessions negotiable for families and students with low incomes
I work from home in a comfortable and calm environment. There is parking outside and a bus link close by. I offer access to clients with disabilities.
If you think you would like to arrange an initial meeting to see whether you feel that counselling with myself would be right for you then call me and we can arrange a suitable time. At this meeting I will explain to you the counselling process and if we both feel it will be beneficial we can arrange regular weekly sessions.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and some evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have been counselling for some years now and feel that I have sufficient experience to usefully suport supervisees. I have an Advanced Supervision Diploma and am looking for supervisees to take on. I'm keen to work with both qualified and trainee counsellors. Please call me to discuss further if you are interested.View supervision profile