Tony Hardy MBACP, Registered Counsellor
I offer one-to-one counselling sessions where I provide a warm, safe and nonjudgmental environment in which we can talk about whatever is troubling you.
I work integratively, pulling together techniques from various counselling modalities in a coherent fashion. The client is at the centre of everything I do: you know yourself far better than anyone else does. I invite you to explore yourself and you issues, and facilitate you coming to your own realisations and conclusions, at your own pace and depth. The client-counsellor relationship is the single most important aspect of all the work I do with my clients.
I have worked successfully with male and female clients aged from 18 to 75, presenting with depression, anxiety, stress, loss, low confidence and self-esteem, eating disorders, trauma, anger issues, and with survivors of domestic abuse and childhood sexual abuse.
Whilst counselling is first and foremost a talking therapy, I like to work creatively, with whiteboard and flip charts, and props such as buttons and mood cards. I bring creative writing and guided readings into our practice for clients who prefer to express themselves in this way.
Like many counsellors, I have been on my own journey from a dark place to where I am today. Counselling was fundamental to my own recovery. It allowed me to discover the real me, to believe in myself and my own abilities, and to realise my full potential. I draw upon my own experience where it is appropriate to my clients. I help them rediscover the strengths and resources that they have, that we all have, and I help them create a future for themselves where they too can shine.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from Coleg Gwent in 2018.
I studied Systemic Theory and Practice (family therapy) at the University of Bath.
I have regularly attended training events in areas as diverse as Suicide Intervention, Domestic Abuse, Child Abuse, Eating Disorders, Creative Writing in the Therapeutic Encounter, Emotional Freedom Therapy, Mindfulness, and Chanting for Inner Peace.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
I have previously worked as a volunteer counsellor with a cognitive assistance programme and a mental health charity.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a free initial consultation, either in person or on the phone, to see if we are happy to work together.
I offer 1 hour, one-to-one counselling sessions at £40/hour.
Concessions may be available to those in receipt of benefits or otherwise experiencing financial difficulty. Please ask when making your initial appointment.
I offer counselling sessions at premises in Risca, nr Newport, and also in Monmouth.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I currently offer sessions in Risca 9am-5pm on Fridays and in Monmouth 6pm-9pm on Tuesdays
Types of client