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 difficulties, and working towards 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.
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, and, alongside my private therapy practice, I am currently the deputy manager of a drug and alcohol detox unit within the NHS. I have also spent time counselling in a GP surgery as part of the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service.