Steve provides counselling on behalf of the big room cic. This service is for adults experiencing a range of emotional, psychological, and existential life issues.
Steve uses an integrative approach combining a Person-Centred foundation with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) strategies and psychodynamic insights. In relation to client’s experiencing addiction problems, Steve also offers insights and strategies taken from the 12-Step model of recovery.
Steve's approach to counselling focuses on the client’s presenting difficulties as well as their relevant history and key relationships. Thinking, behaviour and emotion are explored at the client’s pace. The aim is to identify unhelpful patterns that maybe contributing towards a client’s current problems and for them to find alternative strategies that lead to health promotion and healing. This counselling approach promotes self-awareness, self-acceptance and compassion through the establishment of an empathic and authentic therapeutic relationship.
Qualifications and Experience
Steve is a fully qualified counsellor with experience and training in acute mental health problems including addiction recovery. Steve completed his Advanced Diploma in Counselling in 2001. He has extensive experience in group facilitation having run groups for The Priory, Alcohol Treatment Unit, Adullam Housing and Acorn Recovery. He volunteered with Saneline for 8 years as a mental health volunteer. In his spare time Steve writes an addiction recovery-based blog 12-Step Philosophy, and has had articles published in recovery magazines and on addiction recovery-based websites.
Other training includes Further Education Teaching (Counselling); Addiction Recovery Coaching; Mentor training for Cheshire Probation Service.
Accreditation and Memberships
Steve is a member of the BACP and works in a voluntary capacity with the big room cic. The purpose of the service is to provide financially accessible and inclusive counselling aimed at individual adults.