Steven (Steve) Mills
Prof Dip Couns, MBACP
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A warm welcome to you. Thank you for taking a moment to consider whether the helping relationship that I can offer, is for you.
I do understand that reaching out and asking for help can be a daunting, unsettling prospect. Taking those first steps to find the right person to work with is a really brave and important decision to make.
However, as humans, we don’t have to do it all on our own, we were never meant to.
I am a naturally calm, empathic and caring individual that is passionate about people. When being with you, I am grounded in a humanistic, person-centred approach. I hold the belief that it is you (the client) that is the expert on their own life and that you have the innate power to heal and grow. It is my aim to offer a safe environment that helps you feel secure enough to build trust in the therapeutic relationship that we will create together. From this place of trust, your thoughts and feelings can be heard and explored. I hope to always treat you with dignity and respect, listen to you without judgement and provide an empowering reflective space where we can work together on exploring whatever you choose to bring to a session. I will support you, as you arrive at your own understanding of what might be going on within you. We will go at your pace, you matter!
Depending on where the journey takes us, my training in integrative counselling can provide continual opportunities (if necessary) to blend in other effective approaches that may suit your unique individual needs and help you consider any changes you may wish to make. Such as, an attachment-based approach that can facilitate exploration of your emotional connections within intimate relationships. However, I will remain open minded and curious as evidence suggests that the most important factor for successful therapy is the connection between you and your counsellor. We meet as two human beings.
I can offer a free 30 minute conversation, where we can discuss whether a psychotherapeutic relationship would meet your wants and needs at this time. Following this, our first session would focus on confidentiality and coming to an initial agreement for how we will work together on your counselling journey.
I can offer face-to-face appointments from “The Therapy Quarters” counselling service in Newcastle-under-Lyme. The service has disabled access via a ramp on the ground floor.
I can offer online and telephone counselling if you decide that these ways of communicating would suit your current circumstances. The benefits of receiving counselling via online or over the telephone can include being in your own home in comfortable and familiar surroundings. There is no need to travel to a session which saves you time and money. You may feel that this offers you more anonymity or privacy than face-to-face therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have completed my professional training, achieving a BACP accredited Professional Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling at Staffordshire University. I actively engage in ongoing professional development training to ensure my practice is safe, ethical and professional. I hold professional indemnity insurance and my work is supervised by a BACP approved supervisor.
I continue to work therapeutically across private, charitable and voluntary sectors with clients that have been affected by trauma, domestic violence and sexual abuse. I hold an extensive professional work history in supporting vulnerable people therapeutically with their mental health and wellbeing recovery.
If you choose to contact me, I will be happy to answer any questions that might be surfacing from within you now. I can clarify, with you, any of the above information and provide you with a more in depth explanation if needed. I look forward to meeting you.
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
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
All forms of communication are at a standard rate of £45. Each session is for a duration of 50 minutes.
If you are experiencing difficulties in meeting the cost of sessions, please let me know and this can be discussed.
When I work
Face-to-Face sessions will be dependent on room availability, but can be offered on weekdays. Counselling via telephone or online offered on weekdays and evenings.
If you feel that your mental health, pain and/or distress is of an urgent nature and/or you are in a crisis situation, please consider the following options:
Mental Health Access Team: 24 hours, 03001230907 press option 1.
Mental Health Helpline: Open 7pm/2am weekdays, 2pm/2am weekends/Bank Holidays. Telephone: 08088002234.
Samaritans: 24 hours, call free on 116123
Sane: 6pm/11pm Tel: 08457678000.
Text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained Crisis Volunteer.
Visit https://hubofhope.co.uk/ for specialised helplines in your area if not mentioned above.
Finally, whatever you decide, I wish you a safe journey.