I have been a full-time Counsellor since 1986.
From 2012-2016 I was an NHS Senior Psychological Therapist.
Counselling/Therapy aims to assist you to develop your potential for greater self-understanding and self-acceptance, and move toward a more effective and fulfilling life - including the ability to form and sustain satisfying and mutually meaningful relationships.
Therapy is therefore a form of personal learning that will help you to become more “psychologically minded” and self-aware so that as your awareness grows you are clearer about the decisions you need to make and how best to overcome any dilemmas - emotional, mental, or ethical.
The am is to help you to learn from the experiences you have and enable you to make positive choices that will change life and make it more fulfilling. It is both an exciting and a challenging process, but one that has many personal rewards!
Choosing to engage in therapy is a significant decision as it will require a commitment from you to a process of self reflection that often does touch into difficult feelings and experiences. By exploring your lived experience in this way you may also experience moments of relief, emotional repair and insight that are the ground from which to make decisions and take actions that are more aligned to a deepening sense of well-being.
It is important that as a client you feel confident in the therapy process and to help this I will provide a structure for meetings with relevant and regular reviews to help us both to track your progress. At such reviews - usually every six to ten weeks - there is an opportunity for us each to decide to either continue the therapy or to bring it to an end.
The core of my approach is to provide a peaceful, emotionally safe space and a therapeutic relationship characterised by acceptance, empathy, respect and genuineness through which your personal exploration is possible.
Since 1985 I have many years experience of helping clients whose lives have been affected by specific difficulties or concerns, including:
- relationship problems;
- depression and/or suicidal feelings;
- anxiety, phobias and stress;trauma;
- eating disorders;
- drugs and substance misuse;
- bereavement and loss;
- sexuality and gender;
- personal identity;
- spiritual crisis.
New developments in Positive Psychology and neuro-psychology indicate the relevance of focusing on each individual’s strengths and I incorporate this into all of my client work.
All of my counselling/therapy with clients accords with the ethical standards of the National Counselling Society (NCS) - (see here for details)
For further information about me see the section Meet Pete.