I graduated with an Honours degree (Master of Arts) in Psychology from the University of St Andrews in 1987 and I subsequently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology in Oxford in1991. I am registered with several health insurance companies as a provider of psychological or therapeutic services.
Hopefully this web site will give you enough information to help you decide whether or not counselling is right for you. One of the main aims of counselling is to 'guide us from feeling victims ofcircumstances to feeling we have some control over our lives.'
The above are just a few examples of the areas I work with using hypnosis, so do enquire if your issue isn't listed. It's important to understand that you don't have to 'believe' you can change, youjust need to 'want' to change. I do not have a magic wand, but I do have huge experience in helping people achieve what they want to achieve. I'm able to explain how simple it can be to change and how hypnotherapy works.
Gaining a deeper understanding of ourselves and our motivations in life can help us on the road towards a more fulfilling life. Psychotherapy provides a safe and confidential environment whereexploration and interaction with the therapist can lead to a new awareness. It can help a person come to a richer understanding of their feelings, anxieties, worries, and relationship issues.
Making the commitment to see a counsellor can feel daunting. At Focused Counselling I believe that it is of the utmost importance that you make the right choice when choosing a counsellor to workwith. That is why I offer your first session free of charge to give us both the opportunity of seeing if it feels right for us to work together. Talking to a qualified counsellor will offer you the opportunity to explore and make sense of any issues that you may be struggling with.
It is important that you feel comfortable working with a counsellor so I offer an initial appointment where you can decide if you would like to work with me. I work as a Counsellor/Psychotherapistwith clients in comfortable and private rooms in Swindon. If you would prefer to speak to a female counsellor please contact my colleague Katherine Liston. Together we can provide counselling and psychotherapy to both individuals and couples seeking help in Swindon. Please contact me if you are interested.
My belief is that people are essentially good and we all have an ability to grow emotionally, solve our problems and achieve our potential. However when things go wrong in our lives and we experiencesomething that is negative we can become stuck, fearful, frustrated and lose hope. As a BACP-accredited counsellor, my Counselling approach is predominately Person Centred, that means that I aim to create a safe environment where a person feels accepted, understood and respected.
I am accredited by the NATIONAL COUNSELLING SOCIETY whose ethical framework I adhere to. My counselling practice is fully insured. I hold security clearance in excess of the requirement of enhancedCRB. I have one practice location in Chiseldon close to M5 Junction 15. As well as one to one therapy, I am able to offer video based sessions (via Skype) along with telephone and email based sessions. Full details can be found on the SERVICES page.
The Wiltshire Psychology Service has been successfully providing an adult psychology service to Swindon, Bath, wider Wiltshire, south Gloucestershire and south-west Oxfordshire since 2006. In 2011, weexpanded to provide a comprehensive child and family service. Also, in 2011, we added an expert witness and medico-legal service. Our psychologists each hold an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.
Appointments are arranged on a weekly basis for 1 hour. It is an opportunity to talk and think about a wide range of feelings and issues both past and present. How can counselling help you? Helpingyou to improve your relationships and help you to realise your own answers to decide a way forward which is right for you. Cognitive techniques to help change negative thoughts in to more positive, which empowers you to live your life better.