Geoff Thompson- Counsellor and Psychotherapist at Relationship Counselling Birmingham
Hello, I’m Geoff
I help people who are experiencing relationship difficulties, whether it be with their partner, children, family members or work colleagues.
I can help you develop better, stronger and more positive relationships.
I am an experienced relationship counsellor, psychotherapist, trainer, facilitator and life coach. I am a member of UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy)
I believe that my combination of counselling and organisational experience in human resources have given me a useful and unique insight into relationships at work.
I enjoyed a successful career in plc organisations such as Allied Lyons, TI Group and Glynwed International.
A key area of responsibility was the training and development of senior and middle managers. I was instrumental in introducing coaching skills and practices into the culture of the above organisations.
A significant step on the journey of fulfilling my own potential was re-entry into learning in the 1990’s. I was awarded an MSc in Change Agent Skills and Strategies from the University of Surrey which has a ‘world class’ reputation for the training of facilitators. The focus of study was developing the skills and strategies for change in individuals, groups and organisations.
I subsequently trained as a Gestalt Psychotherapist at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham. The studies were validated by the University of Derby from where I received an MA, with distinction, in Gestalt Psychotherapy. I was also awarded the university prize for applied research. On completion of my MA studies in 2002, I set up in private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist.
I work at Birmingham Counselling Services based at Birmingham’s Custard Factory (B9 4AA) a handy 7 minutes walk from the city centre with plenty of parking (pay and display £1 per hour)
I also see clients in the rural village of Trysull near Wolverhampton and in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire (just one mile from the town centre).
I gain immense satisfaction from working with clients and seeing them overcome their problems and being able to live the life they choose.
Feel free to contact me if there is anything else that you would like to know about my professional background.
Counselling is a process for dealing with a specific problem or difficulty.
You might be struggling to cope with a problem at work, at home or in the family. You might be finding it hard to cope with the loss of your job, a bereavement or the ill health of a beloved. You might have been diagnosed with stress, anxiety or depression. You might be struggling to cope with the ever increasing demands of living your life. Things might just have become too much for you.
Success in counselling usually comes when clients are helped to develop for themselves possible options for moving forward rather than being told what they should do. As it’s my belief that the client not only has the problem but also holds the solution, clients get the results they want and that work for them.
My approach will be to actively listen to you, without being judgmental, and encourage you to talk freely about your thoughts and feelings. I will feed my responses back to you, raising your awareness of your situation. It is through this awareness that you will more clearly see the choices you have and be able to identify more readily a possible solution, or way forward, that feels right for you.
People at first can be uncomfortable with the thought that they need counselling. So, you are not alone if you feel like this. But, it is very difficult to clearly evaluate what is going on in your life when you are part of the problem you want to solve and talking to a professional counsellor can help you find a solution to your problem.
Confidentiality in Counselling.
Confidentiality is important for developing the trust between the client and counsellor that is key to a successful outcome to the counselling process. I always assure clients in the counselling room that ‘What is said between the four walls, stays between the four walls’.
Next Step If you think you might be interested in counselling in Birmingham B94AA, Trysull near Wolverhampton WV5 or Stratford-upon-Avon CV37, or want more information, why not call me for an informal chat or send an e.mail to firstname.lastname@example.org ?