Counselling in the Monnow Valley
I offer counselling with warmth, openness, flexibility and respect.
I qualified as a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Coach after a 35-year career teaching, researching and managing in universities. Working as a Counsellor enables me to continue helping people develop their potential. I volunteer with several counselling charities, and particularly enjoy my private counselling and supervision practice. I meet with clients in a quiet room in the village of Skenfrith, on the River Monnow.
My great joys in life come from my three grandchildren, my garden, my books, and cooking for family and friends.
See also my coaching website: fitzcoaching.com.
What I do
My counselling is 'integrative', meaning that I draw on a range of approaches to counselling, depending on what is best for the particular client. I see my job as being to help clients explore their situations, their concerns, their difficulties and their possibilities for change, and to support them in making changes. I think of counselling as being not only about compassionately addressing current problems and difficulties, but also as an opportunity to reflect on who we are, the influences on us, and any developments we might like to work towards.
Talking to friends or family about personal issues can sometimes be difficult or unhelpful: sometimes we fear that what we say will make the person think less of us; sometimes we worry we might hurt or burden the other person with what we say. A counsellor is a person to talk things through with, whose opinion or perspective is not influenced by an involvement in the rest of our lives.
I have an Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision. My supervisory practice is informed by my 35 years' experience of supervising, advising and mentoring undergraduates, postgraduates and colleagues. I particularly enjoy working collaboratively and collegially.
I have recently started also supervising people who, while not counsellors nor therapists, are involved in the helping / caring professions. In this strand of my work, I supervise people who need somewhere supportive yet objective to discuss the emotional repercussions of working with client groups who are distressed and disadvantaged.
I meet clients for an hour weekly, as many times as we both find helpful. This might be over a short or a longer time period. I am happy to work to a fixed number of sessions or to have an on-going contract with you.
I meet clients in my practice room in the village of Skenfrith on the River Monnow. Skenfrith is 7 miles from Monmouth, 12 miles from Abergavenny and from Ross-on-Wye, and 15 miles from Hereford.
I am a accredited individual member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to the code of ethics in their Guidelines for Good Practice in Counselling.
Training, qualifications and experience
Advanced Diploma in Counselling
Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision (NCS-accreditted)
NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner
I regularly attend continuing professional development courses and workshops on issues such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, bereavement, dissociative disorder.
£45 per hour for individual counselling.
£50 per hour for individual supervision. Fees for group supervision are negotiable.
Concessions are negotiable for those on low incomes.
See also my website fitzcoaching.com
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