I offer one to one and group therapy online. I also designed and run The Ceasefire Method programme, a 10-week online therapy course aimed at de-escalating conflict over child access between separated parents.
If you're struggling with despair, anxiety or anger, or you feel stuck or overwhelmed, it might be time to reach out for online psychotherapy. Taking that first step can be scary, so please visit my website (www.zacfine.co.uk) to watch my videos, read my blog and see if you think I'm right for you. 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. I work exclusively as an online therapist.
"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."
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?
I went 100% online during the first coronavirus lockdown. Video calls 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 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.
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)
- FOUNDER AND FACILITATOR (May 2020-ongoing) The Ceasefire Method
Online therapy that de-escalates conflict over child access between separated parents
- FOUNDER (June 2018-2020) 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 (2019) 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
- The divine masculine (Charles Eisenstein)
- Existential psychotherapy and counselling (Mick Cooper)
- Polyvagal Theory (Deb Dana)
- Shame (Carolyn Spring)
- Trauma (Carolyn Spring)
- 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 (Sue Parker Hall)
- Anger, rage and relationship (Sue Parker Hall)
- Safeguarding of vulnerable adults and children
- Domestic abuse and the effects on children
- Advanced cognitive restructuring
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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.
(Online or telephone)
£40 — half price first session (50 mins)
£80 — counselling & psychotherapy session (50 mins)
£432 — 10% off with 6 sessions
Payment by cash or online. Online payments must be received the day before each session begins. Transfer funds, referencing your name, to: HZ Fine (personal account), acc no 95247386, sort code 601616.