Steve Banfield, BSc Psych., Dip.Counselling., MSc Integ.Psychotherapy
Making the decision to come to therapy is difficult, I know. That's why, as your therapist, I'll try my best to put you at ease from the start in a safe and confidential setting where we can explore the problems that brought you to therapy.
I understand that some issues are difficult to voice. You may feel worried, embarrassed, anxious about talking. On this you will find me patient and understanding. We will proceed at whatever pace suits you. I'll listen, you'll be heard and understood, which I know is something that may have been missing in your life.
Therapy can take time, so if you need long-term help that's fine. On the other hand, you may come with a specific problem that we can resolve in a short time. That's okay, too. How we work, how long it takes, we can decide together in the early sessions and if needs be, modify as we go along.
In the first session we will: 1. Identify the issues that are troubling you. 2. Set clear and flexible working goals, which we can modify as our work progresses. 3. Explore your support networks, family background and any relevant issues from your past that affect your life in the present. 4. Discuss session timings, boundaries, fees, confidentiality and other procedural issues.
I am an integrative psychotherapist with seven years’ public and private sector experience. Having worked in the NHS and charity settings such as Samaritans, Cruse and Mind, I have varied experience to draw on, in addition to 5 years' training at the Metanoia Insitute, where I studied various approaches, including CBT, Psycho-dynamic and Relational ways of working.
Areas in which I have had working experience include: Depression, anxiety, OCD, self-harm, suicidality, low self-esteem, the effects of trauma, 'borderline' (emotionally unstable) personality disorder, bereavement and loss.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Metanoia Institute, Ealing (2011-17) Middlesex University-accredited MSc/Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy + Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (2011-15).
- Counselling skills training at Concern, a WPF affiliate, in Ipswich (2009-11).
- Cruse bereavement counsellor training, Norfolk (2010).
- Samaritans training, Norwich (2009-10).
- Open University BSc, in Psychology, distance learning (2004-9).
- Metanoia/Middlesex University MSc/Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, 2017.
- Metanoia Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling, 2015.
- Wpf Diploma in Counselling Skills, 2011.
- Wpf Certificate in Counselling Skills, 2010.
- BSc in Psychology, Open University, 2009.
- Private practice from home, 2015-present.
- Psychotherapy placement at Oxleas NHS, Woolwich, 2016-18.
- Counselling placement, Awareness Centre, Clapham/Stockwell NHS, 2013-15.
- Counselling placement, Metanoia Counselling Services, 2012-13.
- Bereavement counsellor, Cruse, Norfolk, 2011-12.
- Samaritans telephone befriending volunteer, Norwich, 2010-11.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 per hour
I was formerly an EFL teacher and teacher trainer with a teaching diploma and Master's degree in applied linguistics. I worked in both the UK and overseas. I wrote and directed tailor-made courses, as well as tutoring on internationally recognised Cambridge certificate (CELTA) and diploma (DELTA) courses. I taught and trained people of various nationalities and cultural backgrounds. I am an IELTS examiner. I speak French and German.