Steve Collins Counsellor Counselling in North Devon

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Counselling and Psychotherapy in the Barnstaple, Bideford, South Molton, Ilfracombe & the North Devon area.

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My name is Steve and I am a qualified, experienced, counsellor registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
(BACP). As a member of BACP, I adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice, which ensures that I work safely and ethically with my clients’ best interests always at the heart of my work. I also work as a tutor in counselling studies at Petroc College and am therefore constantly reinforcing my learning and my professional development, which I firmly believe enriches the knowledge and experience I can offer to my clients. I am also a qualified Counselling Supervisor.
I offer counselling and psychotherapy in the Barnstaple and North Devon area, within easy reach of Braunton, South Molton, Bideford and Ilfracombe. I offer individual or couple counselling to adults. I operate from the center of Barnstaple. I am available during daytime and evening hours and am available for weekend appointments. I know that people often feel concerned about the idea of having counselling and that it can be difficult to know which practitioner to approach. My personal philosophy is that it is of paramount importance that a client feels they can trust and feel safe within the counselling relationship and my aim is always to provide an environment where this exists.
I offer a Person-centred/Integrative approach. I believe that I bring warmth and empathy into my counselling practice and always treat clients with care, compassion, acceptance, and respect. I work in a way that supports and enables a client to work through their issues in a way that suits them best, where they will not be judged or advised, and where they will find the freedom to explore their problems openly and honestly in their own space and time:

"Real confidence comes from knowing and accepting yourself- your strengths and your limitations- in contrast to depending on the affirmation from others.."

- Judith M Bardwick

Life sometimes throws up difficulties, and friends and family are not always well placed to help with it is hard for them to be objective and step back to allow us to find our own answers. Life is not always straightforward:

"If you aren’t making mistakes, you aren’t making anything.."

- John Wooden

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Many people believe that counselling is only appropriate in extreme situations, but my belief is that it can be of benefit for so many different issues that we may be experiencing in our lives at any one time. It can also allow us to gain more awareness and insight into ourselves and our own behaviour.

Areas of counselling I deal with:
Abuse, Affairs and betrayals, Anger management, Antisocial personality disorder Anxiety, Avoidant personality disorder, Bereavement, Borderline personality disorder, Bullying Cancer, Career, Carer support, Chronic pain, Couples issues, Cross cultural relationships, Dementia, Dependent personality disorder, Depression, Domestic violence, Eating disorders, Family issues, Hearing voices, Histrionic personality disorder, HIV/AIDS, Learning difficulties, Leaving care, Living organ donation, Low self-confidence, Low self-esteem, Miscarriage, Narcissistic personality disorder, Obsessive compulsive disorder, Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, Passive aggressive behaviour, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Pre-nuptial counselling, Post-nuptual counselling, Psychosis, Redundancy, Relationship issues, Self harm, Separation and divorce, Sex problems, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Suicidal thoughts, Terminal illness, Trauma and Work related stress.

Therapies offered:
Couples counselling, Cross-cultural/Intercultural counselling,Existential therapy, Gestalt therapy, Group therapy, Humanistic therapies, Integrative, Interpersonal therapy, Person-centred therapy, Solution focused brief therapy and Transactional analysis

As a professional counsellor I aim to work together with you to explore your concerns and difficulties and to enable you to find ways to move forward in your life. I operate in a number of different locations in the Barnstaple area and each session would last for one hour.

If you are experiencing any of the above, then please feel free to phone or text me to arrange an appointment. The cost of a session is £35.00 per hour or £25.00 per hour for students and the unemployed. Supervision sessions are £45.00 per hour or £35.00 per hour for Counselling Students/Trainees.

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."

- Maya Angelou

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Counselling Supervision

I am a qualified supervisor in the Barnstaple, Bideford, South Molton, Ilfracombe & the North Devon area.
My aim is to help other Counsellors to explore their encounters with their Clients by helping them focus on what happens in the sessions, their relationship with the Clients and work through any strategies that they feel might be helpful. My aim will always be to establish an approachable, supportive and empathic relationship with Counselling Supervisees. My general stance will always be one of equality and also respect for their hard work and commitment to others.

My theoretical approach is Humanistic, Person-centered but also Integrative and Pluralistic.

Data Protection

I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). 

My Reference number is : ZA451474

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