Welcome


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Welcome to my private counselling practice in Basingstoke, Hampshire. I’m a qualified counsellor with 20 years’ experience working with a wide range of people and concerns, in a variety of settings, including many years running counselling services in local colleges.

My professional therapy training includes a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of East Anglia, completed in 1999, and I have since undertaken many other professional development activities. I am a Registered Member (MBACP) of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and am fully insured.

How I work

My approach to counselling is a personal one, offering a respectful, non-judgemental and confidential therapeutic relationship. I trained initially in Person-Centred Therapy but am interested in anything that helps us to understand your concerns, including psychological, philosophical and political perspectives. These help me provide a genuine, compassionate and thoughtful space, so that we can work together on whatever it is that’s troubling you.

This kind of counselling can help in various ways: to gain insight into yourself and your relationships; to reduce stress, anxiety and depression; to feel less overwhelmed or isolated; to make changes in your life (or begin to accept things that can't change); to work towards personal goals; to feel more hopeful or that life has more meaning.

Experience

As well as working privately in Basingstoke, I have been employed for many years as a counsellor and counselling service coordinator in a universities and colleges in Hampshire. I have also volunteered for counselling services in a range of settings, including an adult crisis centre, a youth counselling service, a prison and a sexual abuse helpline.

Since qualifying, I have written regularly about counselling and psychotherapy in books and journals and for three years was Ethical Dilemmas editor for Self & Society, an international journal for humanistic psychology. You can see a list of some of my published work here.

Outside of counselling, I am also a father, a fan of contemporary music and literature, and a keen home cook.

Please explore the rest of this website to find out more about what counselling is for and for information about appointments and fees and how to get in touch.