Anthony Purnell BSc
I see clients primarily on a face to face basis and sessions are conducted out of a local Chiropractic clinic in the village of Bedwas. There are no limits on the amount of sessions I provide but i will seek to make sure from time to time that the work we do is still useful from a therapeutic point of view.
I can see clients online through the Zoom application, though clients should consider how private and secure their surroundings are if they wish to proceed with having counselling in this way. This service is only available to those whom reside within the UK
My approach to counselling is largely Systemic (Relational) and is my main area of training, although I also borrow ideas from other approaches like Solution-Focused, in order to increase the ways I may help my the clients.
Systemic Therapy seeks to understand how people create meaning through language; how they relate to each other; how their culture, class, race, gender and sexuality inform how they perceive the world. It considers the client, not as an individual but as part of social groups (family, friendships, professional and romantic relationships). It acknowledges how people interact with other influences, such as mental health symptoms, behaviours or objects. I seek to understand how these connections affect my client's well-being and if these relationships can be improved.
How this helps
This approach helps clients to construct new meanings, new ways of seeing the world and have a greater understanding of how they are connected to those around them. It also helps clients to understand the impact they have on these social systems and the impact these systems have on them.
Systemic therapy's relational approach can also help individuals suffering with some mental health conditions. By helping to form a better relationship with their symptoms. The aim is to give my clients a sense of autonomy and control over their conditions.
My first session will be used to discuss how therapy will be conducted, confidentiality and professional boundaries. This forms a therapeutic contract between myself and the client which if both parties are happy will be signed. We will then discuss your reasons for attending counselling and what you hope therapy will achieve.
The first session is often a get to know you and paper work session, to help myself and clients to feel comfortable with each other and the therapy room.
From a local chiropractic clinic in the village of Bedwas, I provide counselling to individuals and couples; the rooms are very comfortable and are suitable for therapeutic work.
My aim is to create a safe space to help people discuss their problems openly.
Arranging a Session
Clients can email, text or phone to make an appointment, discuss or raise any concerns about starting therapy.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I will not be accepting Cash/Debit card payments. Clients will be sent a payment link to their provided mobile number, in order to maintain social distancing.
I understand that therapy can be an expensive business, especially if you attend every week. When I was seeing a counsellor I attended every four weeks. This made paying for therapy more affordable
While it is recommended that people attend therapy every week, I am flexible and allow a maximum four-week gap between sessions.
It does mean therapy will take longer but I feel it is important that you have some control over the process, where possible.
Unfortunately I am unable to see anyone under the age of 18