I’m originally from New Zealand. Since coming to the UK in 2000 I have undertaken one to one work with people in several different roles and environments. The variety of my roles has given me experience of working with people in great practical crisis right across to working solely with difficult emotion or finding meaning in life.
These roles and environments have included working in the homelessness field in emergency shelters and also in longer term supported accommodation for rough sleepers in London; and with young homeless people in the West Midlands.
I worked in the drug and alcohol misuse field for six years within Primary Care for both the third sector as a Senior Substance Misuse Practitioner and directly for an NHS Mental Health Trust at Band 6. I have also worked as a group process therapist within privately run addictions residential rehabilitation.
I worked as a counsellor within education (in FE and then at a Birmingham University) over a 7 year period. My counselling practice is now solely offered privately. However, I still work within Higher Education contracted as a Specialist Mental Health Mentor.
I am a Registered Member (081044) of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their Ethical Framework.
I am a full member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) and adhere to their code of conduct.
Qualifications & Training
Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (2021)
Barbette Rothschild Somatic Trauma Training – informed and safe working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (2017)
BA (hons) in Integrative Counselling (2014)
FD in Integrative Counselling (2013)
NVQ 4 in Health and Social Care for Adults – Senior Substance Misuse Practitioner (2008)
Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis (2007)
Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis (2006)
Drug Misuse Practitioner Training – 6 months full time (2005)
I also continue to regularly undertake numerous shorter courses (not listed here) and am committed to continuing my professional development.
My core training is as an Integrative Counsellor. This includes training in the main models of counselling and psychotherapy – the Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and the Psychodynamic. This enables me to offer a helping relationship that is flexible and informed.
The Humanistic traditions are my main influence and closest to my own personality. To me this means creating a non-judgmental relationship, understanding that you are the expert on you and creating a space where you feel understood. To work in collaboration with you so that you can discover and enact creative solutions that suit you and your life.
While I work primarily as a counsellor I sometimes thread Hypnotherapy into my work where it feels relevant. While working on-line this can involve the use of visualizations and/or providing recordings to listen to outside of sessions to help support the work.
WHAT CLIENTS SAY
“Byron is a great listener, 100 percent focussed on you and what you need and really knows his stuff. Byron was immensely helpful to me in helping me with issues around relationships, addiction and issues stemming from a difficult past. I found Byron always supportive, challenging when I needed it and great at following up with suitable onward reading material.”
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