Hello, my name is Steve Merritt.
My aim is to help you with any problems you are experiencing, giving you a chance to talk and be listened to. I am not there to judge you, but to help with the issues you are experiencing in a confidential and safe environment. I appreciate that everyone is different, and one person may experience something differently from everyone else.
Some of the areas I can help you with are:
Adoption, Anger Management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Careers, Child Related Issues, Depression, Disability, Emotional Distress, Financial Worries, Health Related Issues, Life Changes, Loneliness, Loss, Personal Development, Phobias, Redundancy, Relationship Difficulties, Repeating Patterns, Self-Esteem, Self Harm, Sexuality, Spirituality, and Stress.
This list is not exhaustive. If your particular problem is not listed please contact me. If I feel that I cannot help you, I will try to put you in touch with a counsellor who can.
Certain counselling styles suit some people more than others, so I draw from a range of approaches to provide the right support for you:
Person-Centred - This approach underpins all of my work. I create a comfortable, non-judgmental environment by demonstrating warmth and genuine interest, empathy and unconditional positive regard towards my clients. It is non-directive, which means that I provide a safe space for clients to talk about their problems, and help them to find their own solutions.
Psycho-Dynamic - This approach looks at the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour. The client is encouraged to talk about childhood relationships and to look for repeating patterns in their lives.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - Clients are taught ways to change thoughts and expectations, and relaxation techniques are sometimes used. It has been effective for stress-related ailments, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders and depression.
I also offer visualizations, or a short Reiki treatment, to help with relaxation prior to a session if requested.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I follow their code of conduct and ethical framework. www.bacp.co.uk.
I am fully covered by professional liability insurance.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I have trained with, and worked for, the CRUSE Bereavement Agency in North Devon. I have also had a wide variety of experience working at the Holsworthy Medical Centre in Devon.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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
From £45.00 to £55.00
The cost of a 50 minute one-to-one counselling session is £45.
The cost of a 50 minute couples counselling session is £55.
If you are unable to attend for any reason please let me know as soon as possible.
If you do not give me at least 24 hours notice there will still be a charge for the session. If I cancel a session with less than 24 hours notice, your next session will be free.