Tony Waddington: Therapeutic Counsellor MBACP Registered
Counselling is an investment in ourselves, with my role being to support you through a difficult time, or a juncture in life where you feel the need for change.
With experience of short-term counselling* and longer-term therapy across various respected organisations and charities, I offer skills and support in finding a way forward for those of us struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem and relationship problems.
Having said this, I appreciate the decision to share our personal difficulties can make us feel incredibly vulnerable and require a great deal of courage. With this in mind, I offer a calm, stable and unbiased environment, where we can work at a pace that respects your readiness to share.
In our opening sessions, it is likely we would take a closer look at parts of your life that are upsetting or proving a struggle. From there, I would support you in identifying some meaningful goals, before we begin the steps in moving towards them.
Note: My recent article, 'Short-term counselling: A reassuring route for the undecided', summarises some advantages of working in the way mentioned above. A link to the article can be found at the foot of this page. Short-term counselling lasts between 6 - 8 sessions.
Methods of counselling
Although I'm presently unable to offer sessions at my practice, I do offer a range of effective alternatives. For your convenience and privacy, these methods of conducting our sessions are interchangeable.
Zoom video call / WhatsApp video call Counselling
Online face-to-face therapy allows us to work towards your goals from the comfort of your own home or from wherever is most convenient. As always, your privacy remains of paramount importance and all sessions are conducted from the privacy of my practise room.
Instant messaging Counselling
This discreet method of working (through WhatsApp) allows us to exchange instant messages for the length of the session. This method of therapy really comes into its own when working face-to-face may feel a little intense, we're on the move or may find it difficult to secure time undisturbed.
This is a well-established aspect of my practice and, coupled with experience as a listener and trainer for the Samaritans, I am well positioned to deliver safe and effective sessions through this medium. All sessions are conducted from the privacy of my practise room.
Therapy through e-mail allows you to put down your thoughts (up to 1000 words) at a time of your choosing. After careful and considered thought, I would then respond to your e-mail within 48 hours. An exchange between us would be the equivalent of one counselling session.
Working considerately and confidentially
From a discreet location in St Neots town centre, my work is underpinned by the standards and principles of the BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling and Psychotherapy, a code to ensure clients receive the safety, standards and service they deserve. High on this list, is the protection of your confidentiality; your trust in me being the foundation for a fruitful counsellor-client relationship.
Working with young people (11 years +)
Through my previous profession as a school teacher and experience as a youth counsellor, I have developed a sound appreciation of the worries a young person can experience, including those related to cyber-bullying, social media and internet content. Helping a young person to explore their difficulties, evaluate their options and come to their own decision is the cornerstone of my approach; something that can empower and foster independence long after our work has finished.
How to get in touch
If you would like to gain a clearer idea of how we might work together and whether this path could be for you, feel free to call or e-mail - we can have an informal chat through a Zoom / WhatsApp video call or over the telephone.
Training, qualifications & experience
- CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA England)
- Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults (Mind)
- Enhanced DBS: Young people and vulnerable adults
Counselling / mental health experience:
- Lea Vale Medical (NHS), Counsellor
- Mind, Counsellor
- Milton Keynes Youth and Information Service, Counsellor
- Hitchin Counselling Service, Counsellor
- Samaritans: Listener, Leader and Trainer
*CPCAB = Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body
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
- £45 per counselling hour (50 minutes)
Concessional rate during the Coronovirus period
- £15 per counselling hour (50 minutes) for NHS frontline workers and those on a low income during this difficult period.