Anthony Purnell BSc
I see clients on a face to face basis and sessions are conducted out of a local Chiropractic clinic in the village of Bedwas; I also provide online counselling via video. There are no limits on the number 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 online. This service is only available to UK residents.
My Approach & How this helps
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 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 effect my client's well-being and if these relationships can be improved.
Systemic therapy's relational approach can also help individuals suffering with some mental health conditions by helping them to form a better relationship with their symptoms. The aim is to give my clients a sense of autonomy and control over their conditions.
Arranging a Session
Clients can email, text or phone to make an appointment, discuss or raise any concerns about starting therapy.
I accept cash or debit card. Alternatively, an online payment link can be sent to your mobile phone.
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.