|16th April 2014|
A registered counsellor and psychotherapist, I provide individual Counselling and Psychotherapy, Counselling Supervision and Couples Counselling in Hereford. I also facilitate Personal Development and Therapy Groups, and am a visiting lecturer at UWE (Bristol). My practice is within easy reach of Ross-on-Wye, Ledbury, Abergavenny and Hay-on-Wye.
This is my job; what I do for a living; have conversations with people, be with them, helping them through times of difficulty, doubt, uncertainty and despair. It’s a risky business though; we might speak the unspeakable, hear the unhearable, feel the unfeelable, see the unseeable, touch the untouchable. That’s risky then, daring to hear, see, feel, touch, speak and sense that which has had no permission before. Therapy often begin’s with fear; everyone I’ve worked with has said that phoning me was one of the hardest things they ever did.
But.... you can only start from where you are!
In my Counselling and Psychotherapy practice, I work with clients from all walks of life who sense they are at some ‘critical point’ in their lives; perhaps stuck, confused and unsure of the way forward - at a crossroads. Discovering meaning and purpose in these ‘places’ can be transforming and help realise new perspectives and horizons. The continual struggle, when self-esteem is low, can feel overwhelming, and it can often take great courage to ask for help or support.
With more than 20 years experience, my approach can now only be described as eclectic and thus very much 'tailored' to the individuals, couples or groups I work with. My clients find me insightful, intuitive, humourous, pragmatic and down-to-earth. I hope I bring gravitas and integrity to my work, believing that my own limitations and imperfections are only human. I am fortunate to be able to draw on the rich experience of working with many skillful trainers and therapists, and the courage, integrity and uniqueness of my clients. My approach gives those I work with, the permission, support, and challenge, to be more of who they truly are.
"the vital criteria of personal integrity is whether you belong to your own life or not" - John O''Donohue"
I live in Hereford with my wife, and am a father and stepfather to five children. I play the piano, sing a little and write poetry - a little. My background has taken me into some weird, wonderful, frightening and ordinary places, both metaphorically and actually. I've run my own restaurant and shop, exhibited and published my photographs, lectured in photographic arts, done my fair share of manual work, performed, recorded and produced both my own and others music, been ordained as an Interfaith Minister and have the spurious accolade of topping an independent music chart for a whole week!
QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING
Senior Accredited Psychotherapist & Counsellor - British Assoc. of Counselling & Psychotherapy
Registered Counsellor - United Kingdom Register of Counsellors
Ordained Interfaith Minister, Practical Ministry - Interfaith Foundation
Advanced Gestalt Psychotherapy Training (Gestalt SouthWest)
Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy - Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling
Trauma and Phobia Therapy - Uncommon Knowledge
Member of British Assoc. of Counselling & Psychotherapy
Member of Association of Interfaith Ministers - AIMS
"Mentally, physically and emotionally we are the same. We each have the potential to good and bad and to be overcome by disturbing emotions such as anger, fear, hatred, suspicion and greed. These emotions can be the cause of many problems. On the other hand if you cultivate loving kindness, compassion and concern for others, there will be no room for anger, hatred and jealousy." - Dalai Lama
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