Steve Smalec MBACP (Accred) UKRCP
Hello, my name is Steve and I run a small, independent country practice (Aubourn Counselling) offering a professional and strictly confidential service of pre-arranged one to one sessions. I currently offer telephone counselling to help whilst during social distancing.
The overall aim is to provide clients with an opportunity to work towards leading more satisfying and resourceful lives. Every effort has been made to create an environment in which the counsellor and the client can work in an enabling and empowering way.
Some clients may prefer total anonymity and will therefore appreciate the benefits of choosing a small home based practice, without a waiting a room, receptionist or other staff being aware of their presence.
Self-referrals welcome from private individuals, in addition to GPs and other health professionals.
Training, qualifications & experience
In addition to running my own practice I have also worked as part of a highly professional and dedicated team in further education for five years, providing a high quality Confidential Counselling Service to students of all ages with a wide diversity of issues.
I am qualified to Higher Professional Diploma level and I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist.
I am committed to my ongoing personal and professional development, and often attend lectures and workshops. I have excellent Clinical Supervision and regularly accept referrals from GPs and other Health Professionals.
"As an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and Subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure therein"
Member of the Association of Independent Practitioners.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
The initial assessment interview is free of charge.
EVENING AND WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE.
I charge £35 per session for individuals.
Corporate referrals are charged at £40 per session.
Student counsellor supervision £30 per hour.
What is counselling?
Counselling may be concerned with addressing and resolving specific issues, making decisions, improving relationships with others, coping with crisis, developing personal insight and knowledge, working through feelings of inner conflict, or developmental issues. It is not telling people what to do, nor is it primarily advice and information, although these aspects may feature in some counselling relationships.
The purpose of counselling is to facilitate positive change by giving clients an opportunity to explore and understand their difficulties and the reactions and feelings surrounding them.
How does counselling help?
• Most problems assume a less frightening dimension once they are aired, enabling you to move more freely.
• By supporting you to start looking at old difficulties in a new way.
• A clearer view of things may give you increased self-confidence and enable you to free yourself of unwanted thoughts and feelings like worry, anxiety and depression.
• Difficulties may crop up in our lives for a wide variety of reasons and it is at these times talking to a counsellor could be most useful. You can talk about anything that is affecting you.
Sometimes it is not in our own best interest to talk about our difficulties with family members, friends or colleagues. Counselling enables your issues to be explored in a non-directive, non-judgmental and empathic (understanding) way.
Confidentiality and Counselling
Confidentiality means that what you discuss during your counselling sessions will be kept private. You will be informed of the limits of confidentiality and these rules will be maintained indefinitely. Coded session notes will be securely kept for seven years, in line with medical practice.
Counselling is carried out within the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Ethical Framework, which requires practitioners to be regularly supervised. This ensures the quality and safety of the work they do. Your sessions may be discussed in supervision. The supervision is confidential, and your identity would not be divulged. The BACP Accredited Clinical Supervisor is an external practitioner who is also looking after you. Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Supervisors who have achieved Accredited status have a substantial level of training and experience that has been approved by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
You may wish to keep your counselling sessions confidential from a family member, partner, friends or colleagues for a variety of reasons. Aubourn Counselling is situated in a discreet location approximately 5 minutes from Brant Road, Lincoln with off road parking.
Contact me using the methods below for full details of the location and directions.