My name is Tony Humphreys. I am a Psychotherapist trained in both CBT (Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy) and Person-Centred Counselling. I specialise in Depression and Anxiety in its various forms (i.e. Phobias, OCD, Social Anxiety etc...). I appreciate that many people become a little anxious at the prospect of an intense atmosphere in a counselling room. That's not how I work though. My first aim is to help you relax. To see that yes, it is a 'safe and confidential environment for you to talk about anything that you want'. But there's no need for it to be a heavy and intense atmosphere either.
If you are at all anxious about the prospect of having Face to Face sessions due to COVID-19, please rest assured, I worked for many year in the NHS as a Psychotherapist using both the Telephone and Video (SKYPE/Zoom etc...) as a medium for sessions. I can of course offer Face to Face appointments at my consultation room in Wells.
I can offer face to face appointments at my treatment room in Wells, Somerset, Skype or telephone appointments.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a way of helping yourself manage your mental and emotional health. It has a strong evidence base in being successful with many difficulties through providing tools and techniques you can use to manage your situation more effectively.
Although not exhaustive the following are examples of common mental health issues that I have been treating for over 12 years:
- Panic Attacks
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Specific Phobias
- Worry Management
- Anger Management
Counselling can be useful for anyone who wants to explore the way they're thinking or feeling further, as well as for anyone experiencing a problem or issue they are keen to resolve.
People may choose to speak to a counsellor because they feel they cannot speak to their other half/friends/family about such personal issues, or they may simply wish to speak to a professional with an objective viewpoint.
Common subjects that can be addressed within counselling include the following:
- Mental health
Training, qualifications & experience
Dip. LI Psychological Therapies - CBT (Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy)
After qualifying in Low Intensity Psychological Therapies at the University of Plymouth in 2010 I moved from the Devon service to the Somerset NHS in 2015. Up until recently when I decided to focus in developing my own private practice I have been working with individuals experiencing trauma based issues whether with or without a diagnosis of PTSD - often in association with the CTS (Complex Treatment Services)
Dip Couns. BACP - Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (BACP - British Assoc Counselling and Psychotherapies)
Humanistic Integrative Counselling recognises that there are significant connections between all approaches to counselling. It acknowledges that different clients have different needs and believes that no one single approach is sufficient. Humanistic Integrative Counselling is inspired by a range of creative theories which encompasses the contributions of Humanistic and Existential Psychology, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Transpersonal Psychology.
I also have experience working as a Substance Misuse Counsellor for Somerset Drug Service and Turning Point and have worked with Combat Stress and Hidden Wounds helping veterans experiencing issues around trauma as well as common mental health problems.
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
I offer a free initial telephone consultation at a time to suit you. Please feel content that this is merely a way for me to understand what it is that you're experiencing and how I may be able to help you navigate your way through these issues...
My basic fees are as follows:
- Telephone or Video Counselling £50 per hour
- Telephone or Video CBT £50 Per Hour
- Face to Face CBT £50 Per Hour
- Face to Face Counselling £50 Per Hour
To discuss fees please make contact with me.
I am available weekdays, evenings and weekends by arrangement.
It can be difficult to know where to start when feeling depressed or anxious.
I appreciate that many people become a little anxious at the prospect of an intense atmosphere in a counselling room. That's not how I work though. My first aim is to help you relax. To see that yes, it is a 'safe and confidential environment for you to talk about anything that you want'. But there's no need for it to be a heavy and intense atmosphere either.
I believe we can be practical, pragmatic and make some real changes without sacrificing empathy or compassion. Let's keep it real and see how we can work through this together...its like navigating your way through a dense forest, best if you are with someone who knows their way through?
Some of the people you already know are experiencing issues with their mental health in one form or another - they just haven't spoken about it. Unfortunately not talking or addressing how you're feeling means you get stuck! It's not going to go away on its own.
You want to feel more confident and less anxious with some methods and new skills to start moderating your anxieties. Some 'How To's' to help lift yourself out of a low mood or depression. You CAN do it, albeit with a little help, so why not get in touch? Let's have a chat and take it from there?
I look forward to hearing from you soon...in the meantime, take care of yourself and remember, low mood and anxiety are like bad weather... it never lasts!