Counselling provides a safe, confidential and supportive place to express and work through your emotions and struggles. As a counsellor, Peter has been professionally trained to listen and help process your thoughts and experiences.
With a background in person-centred counselling, Peter uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to examine your feelings and thoughts - and see what can be done to help. Then, working together to question what’s going on, you can explore which changes in your life will make you feel better. As well as person-centred therapy and CBT, Peter also offers mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. This helps you accept your own thoughts and feelings, without judgement and with compassion for others and for yourself - which is just as important.
IS COUNSELLING FOR ME?
Part of being human is that we all experience difficulties in life. Regardless of whether they come to see Peter as an individual or as a couple, people often suffer from troublesome feelings including sadness, depression, anxiety, guilt or shame.
Sometimes you don’t quite know what’s wrong: you could just be overwhelmed or feel you’re in a spiral of emotional pain. It may be that life circumstances have been hard, either in childhood or later in life, and that you have experienced bereavement, loss, health issues or relationship problems.
Counselling and CBT can help with this by allowing you to discover ways to change and find a way forward - and in doing so reverse the spiral.
During our initial meeting I will listen to your story without judgement, and between us we will decide whether to continue and, if so, what form your therapy should take. Once you agree to continue, real progress can often be made in 6-12 one-hour sessions or less. In other cases, by mutual consent, you may embark on a longer programme, with further sessions and regular reviews. Appointments can be made on week-days during the day and up to 5:45pm.
Peter's background is in person-centred counselling, which means that a trusting, warm and empathic relationship between you and him is central to helping you help yourself. He works with both individuals and with couples.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), Peter subscribes to its ethical framework of confidentiality and mutual respect between therapist and client.
*Like with all other services at Cowan House, we must implement a 24 hour cancellation policy. Therefore if you do need to cancel please ring reception on 01934 643262. If cancellation does not take place within the 24 hours prior to the appointment time, we will be unable to give a refund.