Hello! I'm Tony
I have been helping people resolve issues with their mental health for nearly 18 years now. I appreciate that many people become a little anxious at the prospect of an intense atmosphere in a counselling room. That's not how I work though. My first aim is to help you relax. To see that yes, it is a 'safe and confidential environment for you to talk about anything that you want'. But there's no need for it to be a heavy and intense atmosphere either.
I believe we can be practical, pragmatic and make some real changes without sacrificing empathy or compassion. Let's keep it real and see how we can work through this together...it's like navigating your way through a dense forest, best if you are with someone who knows their way through? After an initial call, I'd hope that you had been able to let me know what's troubling you and what you think the causes may be. Nothing heavy, just a chat!
I am told I have an 'earthy' approach, no fluff.....let's see if we can get you some relief from the distress you're experiencing? Whatever it is!
I am Professionally Accredited with the National Counselling Society and a registered member of the EMDR Assoc. UK and a member of the ACC
Psychotherapist - Prof. Accred. NCPS Reg. ACC
2016 - 2019
Heathfield Community School Taunton Somerset
Affiliate Trainer (Psychological First Aid)
EMDR & Psychological Therapist
Xyla Digital Therapies UK
EAP Therapist - SFBT
Validium Group UK
Help for Heroes
Senior Manager Psyche Wellbeing
At H4H I managed a busy team of both CBT therapists and Person Centred Counsellors. An extremely busy role for a very worthwhile cause. Leaving only to start my own practice
2007 - 2015
NHS Psychological Therapies
LI CBT Therapist NHS Somerset and Devon
After gaining my PGCert at the University of Plymouth, I was seconded from my role as Substance Misuse Counsellor to Lo Intensity CBT Therapist
2005 - 2007
Initially volunteering, then securing a permanent post
Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service
Having left behind a career in IT, I embarked on a completely new trajectory in Social Care. This started with gaining a post as a 'Key Worker' after volunteering. I took to the role really well and found a niche in helping others manage their issues.
2021 - 2022
EMDR Level 3
Psychology Solutions (S. Proudlock)
Facilitating the delivery of EMDR for both trauma based presentations as well as common mental health disorders.
2015 - 2017
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Focusing on Rogerian approach and the person centred model of counselling. This included 20 hours of personal therapy.
2006 - 2008
Post Graduate Certificate in Lo intensity Psychological therapies
University of Plymouth
Subsequently known as Lo Intensity CBT. A Post Grad in delivering CBT based interventions for common mental health problems.
Person Centered Counselling
Cognitive and Behavioral therapy
Faith Based Therapy
Early on in my clinical career I started specialising in the assessment and treatment of anxiety and its various presentations - OCD, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Phobias etc. I have a particular interest in Pure-O OCD and Cognitive Distortions.
As my first foray into social care was via a substance misuse service, I have held close an interest in treating addiction per se, regardless of how it manifests. This might be substances, gambling or sex and porn addiction.
Faith Based Therapy
A long-standing interest in philosophy has led me to realise quite how important our world view is in terms of our mental health. I am a member of the ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors) and have extensive experience in the study of most world religions, including Buddhism and Hinduism.