Hi, my name is Terry Adams and I firmly believe that all models of therapy have something to offer so I am constantly looking to put the right pieces together to create something that works for everyone. We all have times of difficulty and can find the pressures that come with everyday life overwhelming. I offer a non judgemental safe environment where you can share your anxieties and concerns and together we can step out of the shadows and into the light.
I am experienced in a multitude of areas including addiction, self-harm, anxiety, autism, PTSD, disassociate behaviour, depression relationship problems and many of the difficulties that modern life brings.
I was asked a few years ago why I hadn't considered a career in counselling sooner, that was any easy question to answer, I simply hadn't had the life experience at the time, the trials and tribulations that life can throw at you, the difficulties and insight both painful and uplifting that can help empathy and understanding of others and how to use this to help others. Today that isn't the case and feel that my experiences both good and bad have prepared me for this vocation.
I help run a youth group for a registered charity SAFE Supporting Aspergers Families in Essex which brings me into contact with children and young adults with Aspergers syndrome, high functioning autism or other spectrum related conditions, I find that the parents can find parenting a child with these conditions as challenging as the child or young adult does with their own challenges, and yes I have a child with autism.
Living in and around Southend it is impossible not to notice the homeless problem that exists on our streets so find myself volunteering for the Southend Homeless street hub, which brings me into contact with a rich tapestry of people, some with drug and alcohol problems, some with mental health problems, some with a sad and traumatic past.
I am fascinated by the world of counselling and Psychotherapy and believe that my enthusiasm informs my practice in a positive way, not every client counsellor relationship is a perfect fit but we can talk and establish realistic expectations and work together to make progress together.
I work in Southend on Sea and share a lovely practice with other like-minded individuals, it is in the centre of the town and near to all transport links.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the BACP and am trained to level 4 standard .
I work in an integrative style using techniques from a variety of modalities including Person Centred Therapy and CBT and have also trained in Psychosynthesis under Urs Mattmann. I have played guitar and bass guitar for nearly forty years and find that using music can be a way of communicating and breaking down barriers.
I have worked for several years at STARS Southend Treatment And Recovery Service where the client not only bring issues of drug and alcohol use but all the experiences that have put them on that path, abusive relationships, childhood sexual abuse, personality disorders, bereavement, debt, relationship difficulties, loneliness, PTSD, OCD, the causes of addiction are endless.
I have also spent several years counselling clients for Southend Carers where I deal with the difficulties that being a carer can bring, whether looking after elderly parents or a disabled child, respite can be infrequent and an opportunity to share their concerns with someone else in a friendly ,safe non judgemental environment can be welcome.
I have attended workshops presented by the Terence Higgins trust so as to better inform me on the difficulties and misconceptions of a diagnosis of HIV and AIDS.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £35.00 per session
£25.00 per session for student counsellors
£40.00 per session for couples
I am available Monday to Saturday from 10 am till 8 pm