COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY CARDIFF
Seeking therapy can feel a daunting prospect, but it’s actually a great investment to make in your mental and emotional health. Think of it as the emotional equivalent to working with a physiotherapist to overcome a sporting injury or a personal trainer to improve your physical health.
Finding the right therapist is really important, so let me tell you about my experience and approach to help you in making that decision.
I am a British Association For Counselling And Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited therapist, trainer and supervisor, and have over fifteen years of therapeutic experience working with individuals, couples and families. I also provide training and consulting services to corporate, third-sector and government agencies. I am trained in all major schools of modern therapy (humanistic, psychodynamic, relational and CBT), so can tailor my approach to work around your needs.
I opened my Cardiff therapy practice in 2012 because I am a passionate believer in working with people proactively; the earlier you access therapy, the easier it is to feel the benefits. I also believe that therapy should be a place of optimism and discovery. Everyone has the innate capacity to make their life better; my job is just to help facilitate that process. To learn more about my qualifications and experience, click here.
To help you decide if I'm right for you, it might also be really useful to read the words of others who have worked with me. Their words will give you an idea of how I work and hopefully convince you that starting therapy could be the best decision you make. To read recent testimonials, click here.
HOW CAN COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY HELP?
In my Cardiff therapy practice, I work with people for all kinds of reasons. For many clients, therapy acts as a useful ongoing way to maintain strong and resilient emotional health. Alternatively, people might contact me to help tackle a specific issue. No reason is too big or small and nothing is out of bounds. Here are some of my areas of specialism;
The earlier you decide to change or halt a harmful behaviour, the easier it is to forge a new path. I am an addictions specialist so can help you or a loved one to break an addictive cycle.
Sometimes we feel like we’re stuck repeating unhealthy or unwelcome thoughts, patterns or experiences. Therapy is a great place to find out the reasons why we do what we do and how to change our negative patterns.
STRESS & ANXIETY
It can sometimes be difficult to work out the difference between external stressors and internal anxiety. Therapy is a great place to separate them out and build new coping strategies.
There can often be a big difference between the person we present to the world and what lies beneath the surface. Therapy is a great place to develop the confidence to be the person we really want to be, inside and out.
Changing what we tell ourselves and how we talk to ourselves can make a huge difference in how we live our lives. Therapy is a great place to start that process.
Couples/family therapy can be an excellent way for two or more people to explore issues and improve a relationship in need of repair. Therapy can help to find new ways forward for you and your loved ones.
COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES
£50 per 50-minute session.
Negotiable Upon Request.
Individual Therapy (Therapist-In-Training)
£35 per 50-minute session (based on ten sessions).
£60 per 55-minute session.
£90 per 90-minute session.
Consultative Supervision (Therapist-In-Training)
£75 per 90-minute session.
COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
"Turning up the first time wasn’t easy and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but as soon as we started talking I felt a lot more relaxed straight away. The sessions were more laid back than I expected. Stephen has a matter-of-fact approach that actually helps you see things from a different angle.
The sessions helped immediately by making me feel better in the short term. In the long term, Stephen helped me see life in a different way and showed me that so much is down to how I think and what I do. Just having someone to listen to you without judgement in itself makes a huge difference. I would sometimes feel the weight coming off my shoulders as we spoke. I would honestly recommend it to everyone. The way our lives are these days, I think a few sessions would benefit everybody."
"I had previously undergone therapy with a different therapist and so I had an idea what to expect, but actually finding a therapist isn't a "one size fits all" set up. I am still using the techniques that Stephen taught me today. I wish I had seen him first. I found therapy very useful, learning how to cope with anxiety isn't easy but with guidance from Stephen I am a lot more confident in situations I would avoid before. The combination of therapy and medication have allowed me to do a complete 180 in my life. Medication alone isn't enough,; I needed this
therapy to understand what's going on in my head and how to stop it from becoming a bigger problem. I would say this has had a profound impact on my life. I think everyone could benefit from some form of therapy and Stephen is really good at what he does. I would encourage anyone who is having any behavioural or mental health issue to contact him and just give it a try. I just wish I had this available to me years ago. It's been a while since the sessions ended and I am doing great, I have found a level of peace in my life."
"I found therapy a really valuable experience – and I quickly found myself on a journey that I looked forward to progressing. It wasn’t always easy in terms of the content that was discussed, but that to a certain extent was the point. However Stephen was able to make me understand myself better – and I found that I was quickly able to build a relationship that was trusted, and I valued enabling me to be very open about the subject matter I wanted to address, my fears and my experiences. Stephen has a good sense of humour and there was always laughter in the sessions. I also really felt that Stephen understood my behaviour and life circumstances very easily. The urges to indulge in certain behaviour are lessened – but more importantly I understand what causes them and how to kick them into touch when they start to tempt me ."
MAKE A BOOKING
Taking the next step and booking in takes a huge amount of courage. If you have any questions or queries you'd like to ask before taking the plunge, please feel free to get in touch here.
Please also use this form to enquire about supervision, training services and sessions for students-in-training.
33-35 West Bute Street
Cardiff CF10 5LH
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm