William Sides Dip.Couns MBACP
Sometimes we all need a little help, searching for a counsellor you can work with is a great step in helping yourself.
I have been trained in the Integrative approach which means I can offer you a variety of ways of working to fit in with your needs, this goes hand in hand with my belief that each of us are individuals and there is not one approach that will work for everyone in every situation. Using aspects from Psychodynamics, Existentialism and the Person Centred approaches we can work together to overcome obstacles in your life whether they be issues from the past, the present or in the foreseeable future.
My work is open to all ages and walks of life. Whatever may be bothering you from anxiety and depression to relationship issues and family issues, if you have witnessed or experienced abuse or even if you are just feeling sad I have a great deal of experience working with people in these areas.
Although it is most helpful to deal with issues while you are young to minimise the effect they have on adult life there is no reason to deprive yourself of an opportunity to work through any issues you have at any stage of your life, we all deserve to be happy and sometimes for that we need a little help.
I have a dedicated private office premises in Maulden (Maulden is a quiet village situated just off of the A6 between Luton and Bedford and is easily accessible from Clophill, Ampthill, Flitwick and the surrounding villages) above the local convenience store which is easily accessible with on-road parking readily available. The private counselling room is spacious and quiet with a comfortable seating area for more traditional talking therapies and a desk area with a selection of paints, pencils and resources for use in drawing therapy and other experiential methods that may feel more comfortable for those who have trouble focusing on themselves and instead want something external to focus on.
If my words have connected with you at all and you wish to know more please feel free to visit my website or get in contact, do not feel you are obligated to have a session with someone just because you have contacted them, feeling comfortable with your counsellor is key to a good working relationship. I appreciate gender can be an issue when it comes to looking for a counsellor especially if you have had negative experiences in the past, I always say talk to whoever you feel most comfortable talking to. I have worked equally with different genders and would be happy to work with you no matter the issue.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my career path into becoming a counsellor by working in a school and focusing on the pastoral care of its pupils, over time I have worked with a great deal of different issues a lot of which are more severe than you would expect the youth of today to have to experience. This led me onto counselling training and later becoming a volunteer at a local counselling service for children and young adults which has given me experience in working with a wider range of people up to their mid twenties.
My qualifications are the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling awarded by CPCAB and by extension of that both the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies. I have passed my certificate of proficiency with BACP to become a Registered Member of BACP. During my work in school I picked up several other useful bits of training such as Foundation Drawing and Talking Therapy, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Protective Behaviours, Prevent training and extensive safeguarding training to name a few.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
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Counselling fees are £50 per session, which can be paid by cash on the day of your appointment.
Please note I operate a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you need to cancel an appointment I ask that you give a minimum of 24 hours notice. If you cancel your appointment with less than 24 hours' notice you will still be charged the full cost of that session.
The counselling room is on the first floor of a building in which there is only stair access and is therefore unsuitable for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available 7 days a week including evenings - specific times available upon request.
Types of client