Hi I'm Nathan I'm a fully qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist (BACP registered). I work with adults as well as Young people (12+). I also do pre-trial therapy as well as walk and talk therapy which is pretty self explanatory (outdoor walking therapy).
I have been counselling in one form or another for a number of years and have done so in various settings. This has included a children's centre, a rehab as well as a charity for survivors of rape and abuse. I have also worked as a support worker working in areas including but not limited to mental health issues, homelessness, ex-offenders, learning difficulties and end of life care.
About the service
My Counselling style is person-centred but I invite my clients to take part in elements of art and play therapy when suitable. What I offer is a safe environment to explore any issues at your own pace. Free from judgement and collusion whilst keeping confidentiality. It is not my role to fix and mend but help my clients help themselves.
I offer one to one sessions only but this can take place in a traditional counselling setting or I also offer walk & talk therapy. Both have their benefits and limitations as well as being better suited to certain people. During the initial assessment we will discuss the suitability of each type. I also offer pre-trial therapy for those going through the legal system for rape or sexual assault cases (Survivors only not perpetrators).
Frequently asked questions
General counselling FAQ's
What is counselling and how does it work?
In terms of person centred counselling it is the meeting of a client and a professional counsellor whose role it is to listen. A client should be able to explore any issues they have at their own pace in a safe, confidential and nonjudgmental environment.
What is my first introductory counselling session going to be like?
The first session will unfortunately always involve paperwork. Now don't let this put you off, it typically takes about 10 to15 minutes of the 45 minute session but we take it at your own pace. I also offer potential clients the opportunity to fill this in beforehand as I can send it via email or it can be downloaded from this website.
I've had CBT before, is this the same?
Will I get homework to do in between sessions?
Do you offer telephone or online counselling?
I want to bring my child to counseling what do I need to do?
How do I know if counselling is for me?
Are you available to contact 24/7?
Should I have counselling or just seek medical help/medication?
How do I know which counselling approach (one to one/walk and talk/pre-trial) is best suited for me ?
Price & Payment FAQ's
Why should I pay for counselling when I can get it for free?
Time is the biggest factor here.
I have seen listening services that are cheaper, why should i choose you?
Listening services ethically should only be used to signpost to better qualified suitable services. These type of services often have "listeners" not counsellors and often not qualified counsellors.
Do you offer any discounts?
I offer discounts for anyone willing to pay for sessions on a monthly basis. I also offer concessions for others including students, ex-services etc.
How can I pay?
BACS or paypal only. Payment plans are available.
The first session is supposed to be free, why do i have to pay a deposit?
A deposit is required to secure the session and is needed for each session as it covers the room cost. This deposit is refunded if you choose to not begin sessions or if you cancel with enough notice (see cancellation section for details). For those that want to begin sessions I suggest they transfer this initial deposit on to the next one. If you go on to pay the full fee after each session the deposit will be paid automatically.
Why are the services priced differently?
Walk and talk therapy costs more to accomadate for fuel costs. Pre-trial therapy is more expensive as it is a specialised therapy that requires more paperwork.
Cancellation policy - your side
Cancellations have to happen sometimes, life gets in the way. I use discretion when this happens but I do have a policy I stand by.
Cancellation policy - my side
I may have to cancel on occasion if this is the case deposits will be transfered on to the next session or refunded within 2 business days.