Peter is a practical, down-to-earth Counsellor and Supervisor, with a realistic approach to what is achievable. He is easy to talk to, enthusiastic, has a sense of humour and people feel comfortable to explore their issues in his sessions. He understands that counselling is not always about finding a solution and solving things, it can also be about understanding yourself and learning how to accept who you are.
He has a useful all-round foundation on which to support his clients. Being an integrative counsellor enables him to use many approaches to cover the diverseness of issues clients present. He can combine; Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transpersonal and Body Process. This means, being able to cover thoughts, emotions, feelings, physiological symptoms and foundational beliefs and ‘rules’. He is also a bereavement counsellor, having many years experience with Cruse Bereavement Care. He has worked as a staff counsellor over 4 years within Occupational Health Departments at both Torbay & South Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trusts. He regularly supervises other counsellors for a national charity.
Peter gained his Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Dip Couns) MBACP, at Dartington, Totnes, which added many alternative interventions that have been of use to particular client situations. He is able to use more creative and artistic ideas, including; drawing, working with objects, writing and nature therapy.
He would describe his counselling as person centred and solution focussed, generally short to mid-term, his experiences include dealing with a variety of issues:-
Stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, assertiveness, bereavement/loss, discrimination, bullying and harassment, domestic abuse and violence, sexual abuse (including historical), interpersonal and relationship issues, sexual and gender identity, sickness management, addiction, mental health, work demands and conditions, work related support, conflict resolution, organisational change, substance misuse, trauma, suicide.
Peter utilises his life experiences, having worked in large public service organisations at grass-roots through tactical, operational and strategic levels, in roles including staff member, supervisor, and management. This understanding has enabled his clients to see through the mist, bringing clarity to their situations and gain new perspective.
Being a mature male counsellor can bring a different dimension and often breaks down perceived barriers. He has found this particularly helpful counselling victims, enabling them to establish trust, and gain new insight. Supporting them with tools and strategies for future self-help.
Peter says, “It’s a pleasure and very rewarding to be a catalyst in the positive change I regularly see in clients.”