My name is Ben Beacroft. I am a fully qualified therapist and counsellor, with Registered MBACP status, the standard recommended by the BACP to the public when seeking a therapist or counsellor.
My training was integrative in nature, with a therapeutic model that incorporated theory from four broad approaches to talking therapy - these were the Person Centred, CBT, Existential, and Psychodynamic models.
My approach may incorporate elements from each of the aforementioned models, but my focus in sessions is very much on trying to understand your perspective, and helping you to find ways to deal with what is troubling you. I understand most problems as connected to our relationships (be it early relationships with significant people, such as parents, the loss of relationships, conflict in existing ones, or the relationship we have with our self); as such, in sessions we are likely to spend time thinking about the important relationships in your life.
Whilst it is not a panacea, nor the only way to resolve personal struggles, therapy does have the capacity to positively change the trajectory of a life. As such, I take seriously the responsibility of working with you. The best therapy happens when two people - the therapist and the client - commit to the process, with a strong desire for psychological change, open-mindedness, and energy. I am driven to provide my part of that equation. In order to facilitate high quality therapy, I take on a very limited number of clients. This approach enables me to allocate my time and resources towards our work.
Alongside my counselling qualification, I have been a registered mental health nurse since 1999. Since then I have accumulated a wealth of experience in a variety of mental health and substance misuse settings. I have a good understanding of common mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, and personality disorders. I have encountered many types of problem. Over the years I have worked with people who self harm, feel suicidal, use drugs and alcohol in excess, and those with mental health problems; I have worked with people with body image issues, anxiety, long term depression, and with those that have been sexually, emotionally or physically abused, or suffered other trauma; and I have worked with people from many different cultural backgrounds and diverse social situations. Whatever your background and circumstances, and whatever it is that troubles you, you can be assured that I will treat what you share with me with sensitivity and confidentiality, and without judgement.
Over recent years, I have worked in the field of substance misuse and addiction. For some years, and until 2018, I was the deputy manager of an NHS detox unit. Since leaving the NHS, alongside my private therapy practice, I have worked for a charity for people with problems related to drugs and alcohol.
I have previously spent career time counselling in a GP surgery as part of the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service.