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About me

I aim to provide an empathic and non-judgemental counselling space where you can feel free to discuss whatever is troubling you. Counselling offers the opportunity to be heard, and it can also help us to see problems from a different perspective and to begin finding ways of integrating difficult feelings and experiences. In doing so, we can live with greater authenticity. I work with an integrative approach which is client centred and adopts different ways of working according to your needs. In this way, the therapeutic relationship becomes more important than any particular theory of counselling.

I have worked in the NHS and in teaching and I am interested in work related issues such as stress and the pressures of the work environment. Working in different fields and changing roles has given me insights into the challenges of work and career change. Having lived and worked in various parts of the world, including Sudan, Egypt and Japan, I am interested in our relationship with our own and other cultures, and how we find meaning and a place in the world as an outsider.

As well as my own practice I work in the NHS  counselling service.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the BACP. Alongside private practice, I work in short term counselling with NHS clients.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Identity, finding meaning, finding a place in the world, life narrative & story, existential questions.

Further information

I charge from £40- £60 per session, according to your ability to pay.

Type of session

In person
Stephen Thwaites

Stephen Thwaites