Hi, my name is Steve Day let me tell you a little about myself. I have been helping people just like yourself since I was a young teenager in my college days. Back then I could be found most lunch breaks talking to someone in a corner in the cafeteria, trying to help them understand themselves and the world around them. I may be a professional by qualification now, but I still have that passion to help that has always driven me. My goal is to help you with your issues in a way that best helps you personally. I pride myself on going above and beyond for my clients. I do not sit passively, I am invested in helping you, the best way I can while I am with you. I work in a person-centred way, meaning I deeply respect you and the position you are in, I am free of judgement or negative feelings, as I believe we are all doing the best we can at the moment we are in and I believe that you have it within you all that you need to grow, recover, heal, develop or change anything you wish. All you need is the space, time, understanding and warmth to help you get there and that is where I come in. I have helped many people over the years and I would like to help you too. Contact me today and book a session for free.
If you would like to talk contact me and together we can help you move towards the place you want to be.
What is counselling
Counselling is a talking therapy designed to help people who are suffering from negative or unwanted thoughts, feelings or beliefs that they are having. These may come from anywhere such as childhood, work, personal life or imagination. The goal of counselling is to create a safe and trusting place for the client to express their thoughts and feelings in a way that is supportive in order to help the client find a resolution that is best for them. It is much more involved than a chat with a friend or family member as it focuses on the client and what they are thinking and feeling and has a clear set of rules and boundaries to help the client feel and be safe such as confidentiality and a trained therapist who is there is help the client rather than pass any judgements or opinions. It can feel painful and challenging at times as the issues raised often have an element of discomfort, for example, talking about a painful childhood.
Who is it for
Counselling is for anyone who wants to change how they act, think or feel into a more positive way. It is for those who want to find a better way to live their life free of unwanted thoughts or feelings, it is for anyone regardless of age, gender, race or any other label you wish to use, it is for anyone who believes or hopes to find change and growth or those who are needing to change as old ways of acting, thinking and feeling no longer serve them. Counselling is most helpful for those who are wanting to change but are struggling with the issue or feeling overwhelmed and wish to have an extra pair of eyes, a new perspective or simply the extra support while they need it.
Reasons to come for counselling
You should consider counselling if you wish to talk about anything that you consider painful or upsetting. Almost any issue can be helpful to explore in counselling, this could be pain from childhood, guilt for something you have done, fear from things you perceive in the world, work-related stress, relationship issues be that as an individual or as a couple. It can be about a fear you have such as flying, it may be about how unhappy you are in your personal/social life or maybe an addiction or loss. These are endless reasons to come for counselling and these are just a starting point.
- Trauma or abuse
- A recent shock such as a break-up, a loss of work, loss of a loved one
- Issues in your personal life
- Fears you wish to overcome
- Unhealthy thoughts
- Unhealthy habits
These are only the tip of the iceberg and counselling can help with a large number of issues
What to expect and how it works
This is a short break down of the main things to expect when coming for counselling
- After deciding that you want help the next step is booking your first session, you can do this using my online booking system or you can contact me to arrange it. You can pay for the first session online at the time of booking or in cash on your first session.
- There is nothing that you need to bring to your session, just come along at the agreed time. (some feel it is helpful to bring such things as notes or writing or a writing pad, this is up to each person and will not change the way we work)
- The first thing I do with all clients when they arrive is welcome them into my therapy room and offer and make a drink.
- We then spend the time talking about your issue in depth, more on this part later.
- Towards the end of your time, a small sound will indicate that the time is almost up, at this point we finish off anything we are currently talking about as there is no time to open up new topics.
- Unless it's your last session we discuss your next session booking and say our farewells for the week.
Counselling is an individual thing and each person has a slightly different way of working, talking, trusting, opening up, processing, etc. This means that the way we talk is up to you, I do not tell you how you should talk or the things you should talk about or the way you should do it. The space is yours to look at and talk about what is bothering you.
As a general rule we talk about and focus on the issue you came to get help with, we often focus on how the issue is affecting you now. It is sometimes painful, stressful or fearful as you are working on wounds that hold you back and there is often a fear of appearing silly or weak and fear that you will not be able to change, this is not the case as I and everyone else also feels the same with their issues, this is why it takes an element of courage to open up and talk and it is expected that it will be a little difficult however as you start to talk and relax these fears soon pass.
The first session is very often considerably less stressful than people expect or fear as it is the expectation of it that is fearful. Once in the room, almost everyone sees it is relaxed, calm and they see the understanding and desire to help in my eyes.
How it changes
Over a few sessions of talking and opening up about your issues you will start to feel better as you offload and feel heard and as the feelings that are buried come to the suffice and you start to evaluate yourself and start finding ways that can help you feel better and as part of the work you naturally start to shift and change as the new insights and awareness come from our work. It's through talking and exploring that you find a way to feel better about your issue, it's just a question of taking the risk and trusting that you can find a better way.
My role is to help support you as you express your issues, I am here to help you understand and make sense of your life. I am here to help you feel relaxed, safe and free to be the full you without fear of judgment or opinion, I am here to reflect back to you things I see, hear, think and feel as we talk. It may be that I do this by pointing out discrepancies; for example, if you said something like “I don't care about him” but you looked down at your feet when you said it. Or maybe if I notice a pattern of thoughts from you that all lead to the idea or belief that you are not enough or unworthy. My role is to listen to you as fully as I can and to give you more than just a chat with a friend or family member. I am impartial and don't have my own agenda when talking meaning you are free to allow your thoughts and feelings to flow where they want to. Am here to help you move from where you are to where you want to be by creating the right place/space for you to change or grow in the way you wish to, to help empower you and help you heal, move on or adapt. I am here to show you a more fully formed picture of yourself and nurture a positive view of yourself and your options.
What is the goal or outcome
Only you as the client can set the end goal or decide the place you wish to be as only you know what will make you happy. The goal or outcome is your own in counselling and a goal set by anyone else like a boss, a parent or lover or even a counsellor will not be true to you. The goal or outcome of counselling differs for each person who comes for counselling as each individual has different issues and has a different point that they would like to reach before they felt happy. An example could be someone feeling trapped in their career. A goal could be to get to a place of being able to get up and work each day without feeling sad and for someone else, they would not feel anything less than a change into a career and feeling fulfilled a success.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified and trained person-centred counsellor. To give clients the greatest help I can I draw upon the years of professional training I received as well as years of experience working with a vast range of clients. I also use my personal life experiences and all the knowledge gained from hundreds of books, countless video presentations, seminars, talks and other forms of wisdom I have acquired. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and I work to their framework and code of practice.
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
Session are £60 for 90-minutes (1.5 hours) and can be used for individuals, couples or a mix/group
I offer sessions between 10 am and 6 pm most days a week, please see the calendar when booking for my availability. If you would like a session outside of these times please contact me.
Booking page https://www.stevedaytherapy.com/book-online
If you would like to know more about me and the way I work or maybe ask me a question feel free to visit my webpage where you can find more info and an easy contact form.
Contact page https://www.stevedaytherapy.com/contact