I am a qualified, integrative counsellor based in Bristol. Put simply, rather than applying a 'one size fits all' approach, using only one technique, it is more of a combination of therapies, tailored for each individual's needs.
I offer individual therapy to teenagers and adults in a number of areas (not an exhaustive list) including: Loss, Self Harm, Injury, Bereavement, Rape, Abuse, Stress, Anger, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD, Anxiety, ADHD, Habit/behaviour change (Including self-defeating), Depression Guilt/Remorse/Shame, Relationships, Childhood wounds or related issues
To ensure I am practising safely and to the best of my ability, I receive regular clinical supervision and attend a number of professional development courses each year. This is essential to both my practice and growth as a therapist. To ensure my work is compliant with the latest GDPR regulations, I am registered as a Data Controller with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). I also hold professional indemnity insurance with Holistic Insurance and abide by the National Counselling Society Code of Ethics. NCS | Code of Ethics
What Clients Say
“I started sessions with James at a time when I didn’t know how to make decisions for myself. Going to therapy turned out to be the best decision of my life. He provided an open, non-judgemental, empowering space each week in which I learnt not only how to decide what was best for me in difficult situations but to value and respect myself, and listen to my own voice. I use the skills I learnt in those sessions every day. Life will always have its ups and downs, but I feel better equipped to ride them and I trust myself to give myself the time to explore anything that comes up. I started therapy during my most difficult moment, and I am now the happiest I have ever been in my life. For a large part I have James to thank for that."
Deciding to seek therapy can be one of the biggest steps in your life. It is so important to find a therapist who is right for you. I work on the basis that the client is the expert and operates holistically with the humanistic model at the core of the therapy. My integrative style enables me to be able to adapt and respond to clients' needs.
A great deal of time and focus is placed on the relationship, which in turn builds trust and rapport - trust in each other and the therapeutic process. As trust grows, so does confidence and the individual. I would encourage anyone to seek out a therapist who can support them to unlock their true self and full potential.
So, if you are facing struggles that feel unmanageable, or you are worried or anxious, talking therapy could help to discover the answers.
The core of my way of working is person-centered. This means it is non-directive and client-led. We will work from your own personal circumstances. At the center of our sessions will be the core values - empathy, congruence (being genuine), and unconditional positive regard (acceptance of you as an individual).
Depending on the individual, I may use other therapeutic models which may include challenge, being creative, exploring the past, and other well-established techniques that will benefit clients' needs.
Meet the counsellor : James
I am a married father of 3 children and enjoy an active and varied lifestyle. I am very interested in many sports, especially cycling and rugby. I regularly coach children's rugby, which certainly helps to keep me on my toes. I previously worked for over 20 years in the construction industry, including managing teams, which provided me with considerable life experience. Alongside this, I carried out voluntary counseling with a mental health charity 'Ripples'.
Making an initial appointment
I offer either an initial telephone conversation or a free 20-minute introductory meeting online in order to help you decide if I am the right person for you. These allow opportunities for you to talk about why you are looking for therapy, for me to meet you and explain how I work, and for us to discuss any additional concerns or questions that you may have.
If you make contact and I am unable to answer, please leave a message and I will aim to respond within 24 hours (48 hours if you make contact over the weekend).
If you are happy to start, we would then agree on a day and time slot to commence regular sessions.
What does therapy look like?
This varies from individual to individual. Sessions are an opportunity for you to say things out loud, listen and connect with how you are right now in the moment as you explore your past or present. This is done in words, senses, images, feelings, or your breathing, at a pace comfortable for you.
During sessions, we may explore what is happening in the therapeutic relationship, as this provides an opportunity to work through patterns from the past or to unlock or hone in on your potential.
How long will we work together?
This is individual and also depends upon the nature of what you bring. Therapy can range from weeks to several years. However, we would have regular conversations/reviews to ensure that your needs are being met.
Session Duration and Cost
Sessions are for 50 mins each time and we would aim to meet on a weekly basis, mutually agreed at the same time and day of the week.
I currently charge £40 for individual sessions, payable either in cash (at the session) or online prior to each session.
I offer individual therapy in the field of mental health in a number of areas, including:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD
Habit/behaviour change (Including self-defeating)
Childhood wounds or related issues
“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”
Carl R. Rogers, A Way of Being
RELEVANT TRAINING, QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Level 4 Advanced Diploma (RQF)
Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory (RQF) – Vast experience in working with wellbeing and mental health in sport
Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Practice
CMI Award in Management and Leadership – Level 5 (With management experience)
Level 3 Certificate in counselling studies (QCF) City of Bristol College, Bristol
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in counselling skills City of Bristol College, Bristol
Basic Counselling Skills City of Bristol College, Bristol
CMI Level 3 Diploma in First Line Management
Mental Health First Aider
Emergency First Aid at work
Mental Health First Aid with vast experience supporting employees within the construction industry
Mental Health Awareness in sport experience with working with children and adults in a sporting capacity