Trevor Butlin MBACP (Accred) Counsellor
Hello and thank you for reading my profile. I am a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited counsellor and I adhere to their code of ethics.
Why I might be the right counsellor for you
1) I have 30 years of counselling experience seeing people of all ages and cultural backgrounds and dealing with many of life's problems. I use a range of approaches to suit such as psychodynamic, solution focused and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
2) I have particular expertise in working with trauma/abuse and I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming to advanced level. Sounds a mouthful, but this is an internationally used technique with a very good evidence base. Evaluations show that it can have significant results in reducing the impact of recent or historical trauma.
3) I am also a trained life coach. This looks more at identifying and planning ways of meeting goals such as improving confidence or assertiveness or refocusing your life. It is more about enhancement and less about problem reduction. Having said that it can work stand alone or woven into a counselling approach.
How counselling works
We can all experience life problems or get stuck. Counselling can help by having an objective, non-judgemental person who is outside of your day-to-day life. As a counsellor I aim to provide space, understanding, support, experience and strategies to find positive ways forward.
What might you expect in an initial session with me
A) Explaining and answering any questions you have about counselling or coaching.
B) Exploring the present day concerns that have brought you and some past history. The greater the understanding I have, the more I can comment in ways that could be helpful for you.
C) Identifying your needs/goals.
D) Agreeing if we can work together in a collaborative way.
E) Starting a 'working together' plan for future sessions if you decide to continue.
My background and approach
I have worked as a university student counsellor and coach over the last 18 years and before that I was a bereavement counsellor and a volunteer for a counselling charity working will people of all ages. I have worked closely with other mental health professionals where an agreed collaborative approach is of benefit. I also have extensive experience in delivering workshops such as managing stress and anxiety and confidence building.
I was trained as a psychodynamic counsellor (understanding how our past upbringing and development influences the present). I now work as an integrative therapist drawing on different approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and solution focus which focuses more on the changes we wish for and less on the problems that can hold us back!
I pride myself on being a flexible and adaptable therapist working with people to identify what may work for you as an individual. So if I have something in my 'tool kit' that fits what you are telling me (some theory or a practical exercise) I can offer that to you. I am also keen to regularly seek feedback to know that our working together is focused and on track. I work very interactively and clients have told me that they value my comments and reflections and feel understood by me.
Common issues that I work with
I have worked with a wide range of issues such as anxiety/panic, excessive stress levels, low mood/depression, loss and bereavement, relationship problems, low self-esteem, perfectionism and trauma/abuse.
I would be very happy to discuss more about what I offer and how it can help if you contact me with your questions and thoughts. I offer a free initial telephone consultation to see if the sort of therapy that I offer might be useful for you.
Please note that if you are making an enquiry to me by e-mail, I would advise that you keep the enquiry information to a minimum - to best protect sensitive information. We can discuss details when we speak by phone.
All the best in your search and finding the support you need.
Training, qualifications & experience
Key qualifications are
- Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling 2001
- Diploma in Life Coaching 2007
- Online Counselling Services and Training: Online Counselling Skills Certificate: 2010
- British Psychological Society Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision 2015.
- Short-term Integrative Counselling: 2005
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy: 2005
- CBT Uncover Strengths and Build Resilience: 2007
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming (EMDR) to advanced level: 2009
- Mindfulness Skills for Use with Clients: 2009
- Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy for shame and self-critical difficulties: 2012
- CBT Anxiety Traps and Antidotes: 2012
- CBT Best Practices for Depression and Suicide: 2014.
University student counselling (all ages and issues): 18 years experience.
Bereavement counsellor working with parents, grandparents and young people: 2 years experience.
Working for a low cost counselling charity with people of all ages on any issue: 15 years experience part -time.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£50 per session.
Concessionary rates for students, trainee counsellors and low income.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays, Wednesday pm, Thursday am, Friday pm plus Wednesday evenings from late March 2019 in Heswall. Upton-in-Chester may also be possible at other times.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|