Stephen Blake BA (Hons) Ad Prof Dip PC MBACP
When you are going through a difficult time, you should be able to call upon a professional and approachable Counsellor to help you through whatever you are struggling with. I am confident that I can provide you with the kind and compassionate support that you deserve.
As your Counsellor, I will treat you as a unique individual by listening to how you are feeling and by seeking to understand you as best as I can. I will counsel you with respect and patience, and will never seek to ‘put you into a box’ or think that I have ‘figured you out’. Whatever you share with me will be treated with the utmost respect and with humility.
You may be sceptical about what counselling can do for you. I cannot guarantee that you will feel much better after a course of counselling with me. However, you may find it reassuring to know that I have shared in the great successes of many individuals whose lives have been significantly changed for the better by the effective counselling I have provided.
The results individuals achieve with me are reflected in the scores they record on well-being questionnaires (completed voluntarily at the beginning and end of counselling) and the highly-complimentary feedback I have received. For example, I have been described as ‘friendly’, ‘easy to talk to’, ‘intuitive’, ‘supportive’, ‘accepting’, ‘encouraging’ and ‘relatable’.
I believe that the key to effective counselling is the relationship which is built with the individual I am counselling. Therefore, I will seek to make you feel comfortable talking about your thoughts, feelings and actions. I aim to achieve this by providing a calm, non-judgmental atmosphere and by striving to see things from your perspective as much as possible.
You may find that empathy and non-judgmental listening are all you need on your journey to feeling much better. However, sometimes you may also benefit from the perspectives, suggestions and practical techniques that I can provide you with. I can equip you with tools that you can take from a counselling session and immediately start applying in your life.
There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to counselling and, therefore, I believe it is important to have different skills to call upon to suit the unique individual I am counselling.
If your difficulties are to do with an experience from your past, we can explore this together and work on ways to reduce the impact it has on how you feel in the present. However, it is clear to me that not everything is about the past – our every-day thoughts and actions contribute greatly to how we feel about the present and the future. I can help you replace unhelpful thoughts and actions to help you achieve a healthier, happier state of well-being.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training was undertaken with Chrysalis - the UK’s market leading trainer in counselling courses and talking therapies.
I have an Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Level 5).
I have three-and-a-half years of experience as a Staff and Student Counsellor in a Sixth-Form College. During my training, I also undertook placements with The What? Centre and with Place2Be.
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
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
I am available on Saturdays or on (most) weekday evenings, if that is more convenient for you.