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Martin Poole - MBACP  PG Dip. Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Bereavement Counsellor.

Let me introduce myself by saying, “I don’t believe you are to blame for any feelings of anxiety or depression that you may be experiencing. I’ll try my best to help.”

When was the last time you felt truly understood? I firmly believe that you will have been trying your best to live a good life, but we can all feel knocked sideways at times and there is often little time to really consider what may have happened to us. When we’re feeling terrible it can be tempting either to hide away or to desperately power on through, perhaps making matters even worse. Finding the strength to ask for help is an essential first step to feeling better.

I listen, without judgement, in order to understand your unique circumstances and we work together to fulfil your needs and give you the ability to make positive choices in life.

An overwhelming body of research maintains that rather than a specific therapeutic approach, the most important factor in successful therapy lies in the relationship between the client and the counsellor. There is no such thing as the 'perfect' therapist as people are so different from each other and what suits one person may not suit another, so it's vital that you find the right counsellor for you.

 

I offer a free preliminary chat to answer any questions you may have, as well as to see if you feel we could work together. There is then absolutely no commitment to book an appointment unless you are completely comfortable to do so. You may find it beneficial to speak to a few therapists before making your choice. Follow your instincts. The decision is yours.

 

 

My Background

My formal counselling and psychotherapy training began in 2017 and having qualified I am now completing the final year of a master’s degree. Through my previous 30 years work as a theatre director and acting tutor I also studied a wide and diverse range of people, unaware at the time how useful those studies would be for my work as a therapist.

I am a sceptical client turned therapist. I consider myself to be an honest, compassionate counsellor offering the kind of down-to-earth no-nonsense approach that I would have appreciated had I attended therapy earlier in life.

As a person-centred therapist I can help with a whole range of issues but I have a personal interest or unique experience in the following specific areas:

● Anxiety & depression

● Parental divorce

● British boarding school system

● Childhood sexual abuse

● Bereavement and loss

● Anger issues

● Health anxiety

● Alcohol and drug use and abuse

● Weight issues

● Suicide

Qualifications, Training and Experience

PG Dip (Level 7) - Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice

CPCAB (Level 2) - Certificate in Counselling Skills

Cruse / NCS - Bereavement Support Training

As well as working in private practice I have also worked with NHS and self-referred clients through both Age UK and Cruse Bereavement Support.

Alongside my counselling work I have created and conducted personal ceremonies for funerals, memorials and celebrations of life, as well as hosting a number of Death Cafe events.

Fees

I offer a free initial consultation online or by phone 

Face to face appointment - £50 (1 hour)

Online or phone appointment - £50 (1 hour)

Short notice appointments may be possible and I am happy to provide short or long term therapy for adults.

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I have regular supervision and undertake continued professional development. I am also fully insured and hold a current DBS certificate.