Training & Accreditation
Simon qualified as a therapist in 2014 and is a fully accredited member of the IACP. He holds a Diploma and BSc Honours Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy from PCI College/Middlesex University. He is also passionate about the therapeutic potential of writing and has undertaken specialised training in this field through the Metanoia Institute London and Professional Writing Academy. In addition to his work with individual clients, Simon has experience as a third level educator of trainee counsellors, lecturing in personal development, ethics and counselling skills. Prior to this, he lectured in Japanese language and culture at Dublin City University.
“I am an integrative therapist with a strong humanistic foundation. This means that while I may draw on ideas and techniques from various modes of therapy as best suits the needs of the client, the backbone of my work is firmly based on the ideals of humanistic approaches such as Person-centred Therapy. The core value of such approaches is the belief that everyone has an in-built capacity to grow and find their place in the world, while at the same time recognising that we may need a bit of help to do this.
My aim is to offer you an accepting, non-judgemental collaborative space where you can be yourself; one where you are really listened to, where you can grow, and where you can find your own answers in your own time, with the support, and sometimes challenge, you might need. We will work together as a team to flesh out what you are going through, bringing you to a deeper awareness and understanding of your thoughts, feelings, actions and plans for change.
If you are open to it, we can also incorporate some element of therapeutic writing to our work together. This might be in the form of journaling to further your self-discovery between sessions and then bringing that material into our work, or through my introducing you to specific creative/reflective writing exercises and techniques that I think you might find beneficial. If you are already familiar with journaling and creative writing or have a passion for literature and language, I can perhaps help you give this a more central place in your therapy work and maybe help reconnect you with the creativity and freedom of this kind of writing, if this is something you feel you’ve lost touch with.
And maybe writing isn’t for you at all, and of course that’s okay! I use writing in therapy as a potential tool for change but it is always the client who decides how much or little we use that tool.”
Experience & Areas of Interest
Simon has supported a diverse client base through a wide range of situations, including depression, anxiety, self-worth, loss, sexuality, identity, work/college-related stress, and traumas such as abuse and bullying. As a gay man who is also a therapist, he has an interest in LGBTQ+ mental health and the area of gender, sexual and relationship diversity. He has co-facilitated workshops on creative writing and wellbeing and will shortly commence leading a creative and reflective writing group for therapists.
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