“I am not what happened to me, I am what I chose to become” Carl Jung
Welcome. This page offers information about In-Person, Online and Telephone Counselling and Psychotherapy.
What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?
Counselling is often seen as a shorter-term intervention process over a few weeks, looking at how life is for you right now. Taking one or two challenges, and allowing you a safe space to talk, be heard, unpick the situation and find your own resolution without judgement or criticism.
Psychotherapy is often seen as a longer-term relationship that builds upon how life is right now and enables a deeper understanding of how life events and our childhood interactions develop the adult of today.
I am able to offer both short-term and long-term therapy. My philosophy as a Humanistic Integrative Therapist offers a supportive approach, using a wide range of resources to allow your self-discovery in a supportive process. See About Me for further information about my training.
I am a qualified registered counsellor in Cheddar providing services for ‘one off’, ‘short-term’ or ‘long-term’ therapy.
Alongside working as a Counsellor, I have worked within the NHS as a Senior Occupational Therapist within the Acute Mental Health Sector providing mental health and wellbeing support, assessment and advice. The combination of my roles enables me to offer a deeper understanding of mental health concerns and the recovery process.
Where am I?
For ease of travel, I am within easy reach of Axbridge, Winscombe, Shipham, Banwell, Weston-Super-Mare, Wookey, Wedmore, Wells, Street, Bath, Bristol, Bridgwater, Taunton, Frome, Glastonbury and surrounding villages.
What age group do I work with?
My core Counselling Qualification enables me to work with the following core groups.
Older Adults (65+)
I require parental/carer/guardian consent for working with Children and Teenagers.
What is Confidentiality? (…the legal bit!)
I work to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) code of Ethics (https://www.bacp.co.uk/events-and-resources/ethics-and-standards/ethical-framework-for-the-counselling-professions/).
I am bound to keep all information confidential within the therapy room that is said between the client and myself. This includes information with children and teenagers, I am unable to disclose to a parent, carer or spouse what has been said in the session without consent from the client. I have regular clinical supervision in adherence to the clinical guidelines set by the BACP. I discuss my caseload with my supervisor, whom in turn offers guidance and support with each individual case.
If there is disclosure of something that is deemed to be of risk of harm to yourself or another, then we will have to discuss how this is taken further to protect yourself or another. If you disclose that you are money laundering or drug trafficking then I am legally bound to report this.
What issues do people bring to therapy?
Having some individual time to explore what is happening for you can help restore the balance in your life. You may be overwhelmed by your feelings, or you may feel empty – these are common things that can be helped by counselling.
Some of the challenges that I can help you with may be…
- Stress, depression and anxiety
- Bereavement and loss
- Shame and guilt
- Trauma and crisis
- Stress, work, home, education etc
- Domestic and sexual abuse (historic or current)
- Low self esteem and confidence
- Fear and anger
- Eating and compulsive disorders
- Relationship problems
- Living with long term health issues
- Life Transitions
- Search for meaning and direction
- Lack of motivation and purpose
- Sexual uncertainty
- Desire to be more creative
- A wish for self development
- Spiritual crisis and awakening
- Menopausal issues
- Men’s issues
How to get started?
The first thing we need to do to get started is for you to make contact to arrange for an initial consultation that gives us a chance to discuss your reason for making contact, for you to ask any questions and to help you make an informed decision about starting counselling before you make a financial commitment. This can be done either by phone, online or face to face at an agreed time between both of us.
There is a form on the contacts page for you to complete with your name, telephone number, email and reason for getting in contact. Once completed, I will be in touch as soon as possible.
If you would rather just phone, please call me on 07754 536741 and if I do not answer, leave a message that you are looking for counselling and I will call you back when I am available.
Be reassured, if I get your answerphone, I will say ‘Its Terry, returning your call, give me ring when you are next free’.
Commitment to the process
After our initial session, it is ideal to commit to a block 6 sessions, one per week. It is best for these sessions to be at the same time each week, but I can make allowances for shift patterns and leave.
At the end of each 6-week block we will review progress and book further blocks as required. If therapy becomes long-term, we may move to 12-week blocks.
How do I deliver therapy?
- Face-to-face appointments at my home therapy room in Cheddar
- Video call appointments
- Telephone Appointments