Life can be tough, challenging and at times it can feel overwhelming enough for you to contemplate ending your life. I know that because numerous clients have told me that is how they were feeling.
Being a person-centered therapist, I believe ultimately in the power that people possess to bring about change to their lives. I work with people providing them with the opportunity to hear and share their own thoughts, feelings, and emotions and to do this without judgement. People are like flowers; when they feel safe and secure enough to be vulnerable, they will open up and express themselves - just like when the sun shines on a flower, the petals of the flower open and the flower becomes vulnerable and at the same time... shows its beauty.
My experience has been built-up over many years of working with people, no matter what their status or issues have been. I attend continuous personal development training and regular supervision with my Supervisor. For several years I did bona-fide work with a local counselling charity which provided me with an excellent opportunity to work at depth with people and for long periods of time, due to the service being provided to them at no financial cost.
My Practice is fully insured, and I work within the COSCA Code of Ethics. I am also PVG registered, adults and children.
Training, qualifications & experience
After working in various roles supporting others, I trained in person centred therapy (PCT), to acquire additional skills and understanding. Since qualifying and obtaining my Diploma in Person Centred Counseling, I have continued my journey of learning and developing; I have attended, and continue to attend, courses and CPD events in an effort to be better equipped when working with clients.
2021 -Working with the Impact of Severe Trauma
2020 - Imagery Re-scripting
2018 - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
2018 - Mindful Compassion
2018 - Schema Therapy
2017 - Bereavement
2017 - Understanding the Dynamics of Domestic Abuse
2016 - Bowlby's Attachment Theory
2015 - 2017 Diploma Person Centred Counselling (Interface Training Ltd)
2014 - 2015 COSCA Counselling Skills
I am fully insured and also a member of the PVG Scheme; Adults and Children.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the 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
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
£45 p/h per session
My working week revolves around my client's needs, many have other commitments i.e. partner, family, employment - sessions are provided at times to accommodate.
Client testimonial: -
Working with Stephen has been eye-opening to say the least. I was wary about opening up to a stranger about my past and talking about the harms that had been done to me. To my surprise I felt at ease very quickly and no matter what I shared I never felt judged by Stephen. (Anne-Marie)
I feel that a weight has been lifted of my shoulders and that I can now look the world in the eye, I no longer walk staring down at the ground. I am now an I can, I will, I did kind of person. (Colin)