Meet Phil

I am a newly qualified psychotherapist and counsellor, working predominantly with a Person-Centred base which means I aim to support and empower you to find a way to make changes and feel better yourself. I do also integrate other models of counselling where appropriate and have completed a course in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

I offer a non-judgemental and compassionate space to listen and discuss what is going on in your life. Whether you are looking for help with anxiety, stress, depression, abuse, relationship problems etc, or for self-exploration, looking for personal change and growth, we can explore how to best move forward. I am open to working with everyone.

I am a qualified secondary school teacher and have experience of working with children both as a teacher and with one to one counselling, having worked in a local school as a counsellor as part of my training. I will be working with local schools as a counsellor moving forwards. I am also happy to see Under 18’s in private practice. I have a current enhanced DBS check. I have experience of working with drug and alcohol addiction, chronic pain and health issues.

I have personal experience of suffering from chronic pain and the impact this can play on life and mental health. Having suffered from chronic Sciatic pain for over a decade, including multiple operations I can offer true empathy and understanding of the multiple ways living with chronic pain can impact upon physical and mental health.  I have attended a ten week pain management program, developed by the NHS Pain clinic looking at the psychology of pain and the effects it has on people’s lives. This also included using mindfulness techniques to help with pain management. I personally found this to be extremely helpful. My belief in this means I am also happy to offer sessions exploring understanding of chronic pain and pain management techniques within sessions or offer a program of Pain management sessions for individuals or possibly groups as part of our Wellbeing service.

I can offer traditional Person-Centred counselling in a mutually agreeable venue, domiciliary, skype/facetime and telephone counselling. I can also offer the opportunity to work in an outside environment using Walk and Talk therapy or at a suitable location.

Qualifications, Training and Experience

  • Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
  • SCITT PGCE Design Technology
  • BSc Product Design and Mechanics
  • CPD One Day CBT Training Workshop
  • CPD One Drug Awareness Workshop
  • Counsellor with Penhaligon (Agency working with adults)
  • Counsellor with Pool Academy (working with children)
  • Counsellor with Counsellors Together CIC (Agency working with Adults including addiction)

I can be contacted via email on: or 

and via text message or phone call on: 07379116533

Phil worked at Pool school for a number of months supporting a range of students for a variety of reasons. Staff and students quickly developed a strong rapport with Phil. With a professional and approachable manner, strong relationships based on mutual respect have been forged. 
Phil kept the Pastoral team updated regularly and we have been so impressed with his work, we have invited Phil to continue working with the Academy.

Mrs Lisette Neesham – Vice Principal

Sometimes things get a little overwhelming and having Phil to rely on  weekly helped relieve that pressure.

Eric – former client