Zac Fine MBACP BA PGDip

Zac Fine MBACP BA PGDip

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7 Woodbine Farm Business Centre
Threemilestone
Truro
Cornwall
TR3 6BW

Leicester
Leicestershire
LE19

07546 813284

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About me

If you're struggling with despair, anxiety or anger, or you feel stuck or overwhelmed, it might be time to reach out, especially now that we're in lockdown. Taking that first step can be scary, so if you'd like to see what I'm like here's an introductory video. I've been providing emotional support remotely since 2014 when I began working as a listener at the Samaritans, answering calls, emails and texts. I've been using online video calls as a professional therapist since 2019. Remote therapy is the only way to access therapy during the coronavirus lockdown, and I am currently taking on new clients.

Testimonial

"I like the fact that you remain impartial, so I trust you to give a balanced view. I like that you have a good balance between detachment, so I can be honest, yet I feel like you do actually care about how I am. You’re not fluffy or waffly, but you are kind. Video calls were actually easier and better than I’d imagined - it doesn’t take long to forget that you’re not actually in the same room. It’s kind of like watching a foreign film - once you get into it you stop noticing the subtitles. Once you get into the session you stop noticing you’re not in the same room. If the film is good, you really enjoy it and, as the counselling is good, you still get a lot out of it and it is still incredibly helpful."

Get started

Drop me an email or call or text me to book a session. We'll talk about what you want to get out of counselling and how we can work together. If for some reason I can't help you I will do my best to refer you on to someone who can.

Why online counselling?

The coronavirus lockdown means face to face counselling and psychotherapy isn't possible for the time being. Video calls offer the next best thing and in fact they can overcome some barriers to counselling, such as the time, inconvenience and cost of travelling to see a therapist. Once they get used to video calls many of my clients forget there's a difference, and the therapeutic process continues as normal. Research consistently shows that online therapy is as effective as face to face therapy. Other advantages:

  • You might find you're more comfortable online and it's easier to talk
  • You'll be in a familiar environment (your home or car)
  • You'll have space and time to reflect afterwards, without having to travel
  • You have a greater choice of therapists, not limited to your local area
  • I can be more flexible with scheduling online sessions

What you need

A private space. A smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer and an internet connection that's decent enough to stream YouTube or Netflix. Headphones or earphones increase the feeling of privacy and improve sound quality but they're not essential.

My story

I was inspired to train as a psychotherapist after a breakdown in my late 20s, brought on by work pressures and estranged fatherhood. Through counselling I learnt about what was driving my unhealthy behaviours, and this route of healing through self-exploration is my guiding principle because I know it works. I've seen inspiring transformations in my clients since I began practising in January 2017.

How it works

Learning to respond to our own needs is an indispensable life skill but one that has yet to be learned by many people who are trapped in cycles of self-imposed suffering. Only we have the power to change ourselves from within, lay down healthy boundaries and become more whole. I focus on establishing trust so you can do this important work on your own terms, with me supporting you. Counselling and psychotherapy (two words for the same thing) exist and are in demand because it's usually too complicated and messy to involve close friends and family in these transformations, not least because they can be attached to ideas about us that may not be true for us deep down. With a professional therapist you won't be judged and it's confidential, so you should feel safe enough to change, if you're ready. Having agreed on any changes you'd like to make in your life, I will agree a regular time slot to see you once a week for a minimum of six weeks. Some clients find that that is enough, others continue therapy for long term, deeper therapeutic work.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered psychotherapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (qualified 2018)

Professional experience

  • FOUNDER (June 2018-ongoing) healingguys.com | Truro, Cornwall
    Private psychotherapy for men and boys, and referrals from First Light, a charity supporting people affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • FACILITATOR (2018-ongoing) Men's group in Penzance, Cornwall
  • COUNSELLOR (Jan 2017-Jan 2019) simplycounselling.org | Plymouth, Devon
    Teens and adults (private), heart conditions (British Heart Foundation), parent and child & domestic abuse (National Lottery)
  • MENTOR (Jan-March 2016) bfadventure.org | Penryn, Cornwall
    Supporting disadvantaged young people with outdoor activities in nature
  • LISTENER (2014-16) samaritans.org | Bradford, Yorkshire and Truro, Cornwall
    Calls, texts, emails from distressed and suicidal members of the public

Continued Professional Development

  • Working with men: Meeting the challenges of orthodox masculinity
  • Theory and practice of expert domestic violence risk assessment
  • Attachment and neuroscience: implications for therapeutic interventions
  • Trauma informed approaches to therapy
  • Dying to live (workshop on death)
  • Family constellations
  • Shame
  • Anger, rage and relationship
  • Safeguarding of vulnerable adults and children
  • Domestic abuse and the effects on children
  • Advanced cognitive restructuring
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Meditation
  • Eco-therapy

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I help people reconsider stories they tell themselves that aren't serving them any more. These might be to do with what it means to be a man, a woman or a 'good' person. These are all ways of doing the same thing: reconnecting to yourself.

Photos & videos

  • How counselling with me can help you

Fees

(Online or telephone)

£40 — half price first session (50 mins)

£80 — counselling & psychotherapy session (50 mins)

£432 — 10% off with 6 sessions

Further information

Payment by cash or online. Online payments must be received before each session begins. Transfer funds, referencing your name, to: Zac Fine, acc no 95247386, sort code 601616.

Maps & Directions

Truro, TR3 6BW
Leicester, LE19

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: No
Home visits: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

Monday-Saturday.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme