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PhD, MBACP

About me

As a humanistic counsellor I begin with the view that, however life looks, we are all fundamentally oriented towards growth and fulfillment. Maybe you want help with a crisis or specific problem in your life right now. Maybe you want to resolve issues from your past, or feel stuck and unable to move forwards in your life. Maybe it’s all going great but there’s still a sense that there could be more. I offer a space of compassionate understanding to help you explore why the world occurs the way it does for you. Together we can create a new view of life that can be a source of inspiration.

I don’t underestimate how difficult it sometimes is to find the language for this, particularly around those relationships and connections to the world that should be the source of our happiness and well-being, but somehow aren’t. In therapy I’m assuming that you are fundamentally in control of your own life. But maybe it is helpful to have someone who can walk beside you to share the turmoil where it seems you have no control.

Anxiety, loss, bereavement, traumatic stress, depressive disorders, isolation and low self-esteem are common themes in my work. As a man I have a particular interest in the worlds we create for ourselves as men. So I offer support in a safe space to find a language of feeling around identity and sexuality that gives the voice to full self expression in nourishing intimate relationships. Whatever tough life-choices you may be dealing with, I am committed that we share a journey that celebrates our dignity and aliveness.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).

I have specialist training in psychosexual trauma, particularly in engaging with adults who have been sexually abused, also working with perpetrators of sexual abuse, and in a manner that is affirmative of sexual diversity.

Professional work includes: lead counsellor in HMP Cardiff; associate counsellor for Cardiff University Staff Counselling Service; counselling in long-term depression and anxiety as part of Journeys Counselling Service at GOVAL; counselling for New Pathways rape crisis and sexual abuse support services. As well as my work as a therapist I also work as a composer and theatre maker. I regularly conduct workshops in  creative voice and body work.

I work in Cardiff where I offer therapy to adults on an individual face-to-face basis. This can be as short or long as you need it to be. Therapy sessions are normally one hour and are charged at £50. I also offer face-to-face therapy to couples for which the charge is £70.


Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Sexual abuse
Sexual identity
Thoughts of suicide
Surviving sudden death

Fees

Additional information

Individual therapy sessions are normally one hour and are charged at £50.
Couples are charged at £70 per session.

Cardiff, Caerdydd, CF5

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

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