Welcome

Hi and thanks for visiting my website where I provide in-person counselling and psychotherapy at the Wisdom Centre in Romsey and The Salisbury Practice in Stockbridge, Hampshire. I also offer counselling online and by telephone.

There are places available in Romsey and Stockbridge.

I offer counselling and psychotherapy for adults and young people (11-18).  Short-term (4-10 sessions), medium-term (3-6 months) and more open-ended therapy can be provided that is regularly reviewed and agreed.

What might I expect from counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling is a process of self-reflection and self-change. I offer enquirers an opportunity to develop their self-awareness and knowledge about themselves in order to find new ways of being. In the initial part of the process we explore what it is you want to change and what you want your life to look like once that change happens so you can break out of old patterns. The therapeutic relationship is the key to developing that self-awareness and finding new ways of being.

Do you have any specialisms?

Anxiety, and conditions like SAD (seasonal affective disorder), bipolar, panic attacks and depression are the most common issues for people coming for counselling and so the most common issue therapists work with and specialise in.

I have worked in trauma recovery, more specifically in rape and childhood sexual abuse where I had a placement for training.

Relationships are a specialist area of counselling often focusing on having to make tumultuous decisions around separation, divorce, betrayal, abuse, bullying, affairs and family issues and what they can leave behind such as low self-esteem and confidence. LGBTQ+ issues are a specialist area that require affirmative and positive approaches to developing self-esteem and confidence in relationships and life.

Grief and bereavement can also trigger very intense emotions and require an exploration of the different stages of the grieving process.

Addiction is an area that clients may approach counselling to help work through difficult and destructive periods in life.

Anger is also a common enquiry and requires looking back at the causes in the past as well as finding new ways of being, thinking and doing in overcoming destructive habits and attitudes.

What are your qualifications, professional membership and if you are insured?

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). It offers the public an assurance that I meet the standards of proficiency and ethical practice you would expect. If you want to check that I am registered you can click here, then enter my name and registration number 376082.

I offer all my clients a commitment that is referred to as the BACP Commitment to Clients. It is the basis of our ethical practice framework. You can view this here.

I obtained my training from Chrysalis Courses and have completed the Advanced Professional Diploma of Psychotherapeutic Counselling and I have been counselling since 2014. I have also received supervised training in a rape and sexual abuse centre in Wiltshire. I update my skills and knowledge by taking additional training during the year and my case work is supervised by a qualified and experienced counsellor who helps with supporting my clients. Any discussions with this counsellor is confidential and I only identify my clients by their first name.

I also have indemnity insurance with Holistic Insurance Services.

The Client Information Form, Contract and Disclosure Agreement outlines the information I collect from my clients and all the terms and conditions of therapy. The document can be found here: Client Contract May 2019.

I also provide clients with regular reviews which are integrated in the session work in order to review progress and explore further issues of development. It is very informal, clients very much benefit from it and it also helps me make sure I am giving you the best possible support and therapy. You can view the Client Counsellor Feedback form here. It is always confidential and does not have your name on it. You can complete it at home or in a session. It covers only one page.

How much do you charge for session work?

50 minute sessions are charged at £35 for online counselling and £45 for in-person counselling at one of the listed venues. Concessions may be available. Please ask for more information.

I provide concessions for training counsellors who require their own personal therapy as part of their training.

Where do you work from?

I work from home via phone and online video but I also offer two locations for in-person therapy: one is in the centre of Romsey and the other is in Stockbridge.

The Wisdom Centre
Romsey
Hampshire
SO51 8EL

The Salisbury Practice
3 Clarendon Terrace
High Street
Stockbridge
SO20 6EY

Google maps can be accessed from my Counselling Directory webpage here. Both have ease of free parking close by.

What would be a good plan of action after reading this?

I offer a free consultation up to 50 minutes either online via video or by phone. If you would like to do this just call and have a chat on 01794 278372 and if it feels right you can arrange a day and time for the consultation. Alternatively send me an email at martinhandy@protonmail.com. There is no obligation to book. The consultation helps to see how well-matched our relationship is to achieve your goals.

If you like the initial session then a course of sessions would be recommended to begin with, between 4-10 sessions, in order to establish some benefits.

There is never any obligation to continue therapy. Some clients are very content with between 4-10 sessions or up to 6 months of work. Longer therapy may be offered if circumstances require it.

I provide resources on my website that are aimed at supporting enquirers through their journey with links to support groups and external resources.

For an obligation-free chat on the phone call 01794 278372 or email martinhandy@protonmail.com.

© Martin Handy 2019