About me

I would best describe myself as a creative compassionate person-centred therapist. So often words are not enough to express feelings and emotions, I am trained to be creative in the way I relate to my clients. I use these skills compassionately to fully appreciate the difficulties my clients bring and to help them find a way through. I encourage self-compassion by helping my clients appreciate some of the complex ways their experiences, emotions, feelings, thoughts and body interact and to become the person they want to be using evidence-based techniques and strategies to change how they respond to difficult situations. I would be pleased to explain more of what this might mean for you.

My particular interest is helping my clients become more compassionate towards themselves, as much as towards others, living with emotions and how we can stay healthy, while living our often stressful lives.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills 2009
  • Advanced Certificate in Counselling 2010
  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling 2011
  • Level 5 Diploma in Creative Interventions in the Therapeutic Process 2012
  • Certified Cyber Therapist 2020


In the 10 or so years since first qualifying as a Person Centred Counsellor, I have spent a lot of my time helping young people deal with difficult times in their lives in my role as a school counsellor for a local charity.  
I have deliberately undertaken a wide variety of Professional Development training to extend my knowledge of different theories and techniques to enable me to match my approach to the particular needs of a more diverse range of clients.

Through my career from experiencing the shop floor as a student to senior manager in multinational companies I gained first hand experience of working closely with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures in various countries, experiencing first-hand the stress of balancing work and family pressures that we all face. Around 15 years ago I was made redundant and decided to follow my desire to help people and trained as a counsellor.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Fees

Additional information

I offer a free 15 minute telephone conversation to decide whether my approach is right for you.

Thereafter I charge £45 for a 50 minute session.

Availability

I am able to offer daytime and evening appointments.

Further information

I am a qualified cyber therapist, so am pleased to offer weekly sessions using whatever technology my clients are comfortable with – telephone, video, chat, email at a mutually convenient time.

In the interests of minimising infection risk, I do not offer regular face to face sessions at the moment.

Newbury
Berkshire
RG20

Newbury
Berkshire
RG14

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

Social

Steven Vardy

Steven Vardy