Tony Waddington: Therapeutic Counsellor BACP 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.
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 or organise a convenient time for a 30 minute no-obligation consultation at my practice (at a cost of £10).
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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Behaviour problems
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
- Counselling: £40 per counselling hour (50 minutes)
- Short-term counselling (6 - 8 sessions): £40 per counselling hour (50 minutes)
- Consultation: £10 for an informal 30-minute no-obligation consultation at my practice
A consultation is an opportunity for us to meet, for you to take a look at the environment, discuss your hopes for any such work and, ultimately, gauge whether you'd like to go ahead. If it proves more convenient, I offer a telephone or Skype consultation (for no fee).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Evenings and Saturday mornings. Some weekday availability may also be possible.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|