Hello, I’m Steven and thank you for visiting my website. I’m a BACP registered counsellor and I provide a private counselling service in Bournemouth.
Making the decision to start counselling is a big step forward in dealing with your difficulties. I understand that you may be feeling nervous or anxious about this step and I hope to provide you with information on this site that will help you make the right choice for you.
On the counselling and me page you can learn more about me, my experience and qualifications and if you have any questions about counselling visit the about counselling page to find out what’s involved. I also have some data protection information on the privacy page, as well as some useful resources and reviews for you to look at.
Please select the read more button below and use the arrow navigation icons on each page to find your way around the site and do contact me if you have any questions.
Counselling and me
Hello, you may have found me because you are looking for counselling or maybe you are doing some research for a friend or relative that would like to see a counsellor, whatever your reason I hope that you find my website helpful.
I know from my own experience that starting counselling can be a daunting prospect and you may be wondering if this is the right path for you.
I will listen to whatever you would like to talk about and I will help you to explore, understand and make sense of what is troubling you, in a safe and confidential space.
I’m a qualified counsellor and a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Being a qualified and a registered member of BACP means that I adhere to their high standards of proficiency, professionalism and good practice. You can view my register directory by clicking on this link.
I work as a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor and I am focused on building a trusting relationship with my clients so that they can explore their thoughts feelings and emotions with me. I am trained to use Person Centred, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt approaches. This means that I can use a range of counselling approaches to help with my client’s individual needs. You can read more about these approaches on my about counselling page.
I have experience of working with stress, anxiety, loss, bereavement and depression as well as sexuality and gender identity issues.
Before starting my career in Counselling I used to work in IT support and still enjoy helping friends and relatives with their IT problems.
TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
Working with Transgender Clients and Colleagues
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their Ethical Framework for the Counselling professions.
Alongside my private practice I work as a counsellor for a charity called Chrysalis which provides counselling and emotional support to the trans community.
What is counselling?
Counselling provides a confidential, safe and supportive space where you are able to talk about your worries or concerns.
Counselling can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings, your thought processes and to help you to come to terms with things that have changed. It can help you to focus on your issues and to clarify them.
Why do people come to counselling?
People access counselling for all sorts of reasons, including:
Anxiety, depression, gender identity, low self-esteem and relationship problem.
However some people may just not know why they feel the way they do and counselling is there to support you in exploring your emotions and feelings.
How often are counselling sessions and how long do they last?
Counselling sessions normally take place on the same day each week and last for 50 minutes.
How much does a session cost?
Counselling sessions start at £45.
How many sessions will I need?
This is entirely up to you and depends on the issues that you bring to counselling. Some people might come for a few sessions and feel ready to end their sessions whilst others may continue for longer.
Where do sessions take place?
Due to the current coronavirus situation all counselling takes place either by phone or video call.
Are sessions confidential?
Yes, all counselling sessions are confidential with the exception of disclosure of child protection and suicide risk.
More about my counselling approaches
The Person-Centred approach focuses on the here and now and encourages clients to think about the present time. It encourages client to express how they feel, gain self-awareness, help with self-development in a way that they can get a better understanding of who they are.
The Transaction Analysis approach, focuses on how clients express themselves and how they interact with others and form relationships.
Gestalt Therapy will help you to make sense of your current situation, by focusing on the relationship between your mind, body and soul and the emotions and feelings that you are experiencing.
Really nice and welcoming, very easy to talk to. Good rates as well, much more affordable than some others in the area. Right in the middle of Bournemouth so he’s easy to get to. No complaints.
LR - Google review
I felt cared for, listened to and understood. I would completely recommend Stephen to anybody who feels that attending counselling would help them. He helped me change my attitude to myself in an entirely positive way and my marriage has gone from strength to strength as a result. I wouldn’t hesitate to visit him again if I needed to.
CFS - Google Review
Steven Eveleigh is committed to complying with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and to the responsible and secure use of your personal data. I have a legitimate interest in processing personal data to provide counselling services. The purpose of this statement is to let you know what personal information I collect and hold, why I collect this data, how long it is kept and your rights over your personal data.
Mr Steven Eveleigh is the Data Protection Officer and can be contacted by email at email@example.com
Mr Steven Eveleigh is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’), reference ZA441597
What information do I collect?
My policy is to keep minimum notes and records. The information he does store includes:
Personal information from you when you enquire about counselling services in order to setup an appointment. This information includes, your name, address, date of birth and other relevant personal information.
If you contact me by the contact form on my website I will record your name, email, telephone number and any other information you add onto the form.
Your completed counselling contract
Confidential case notes (describing the main focus of the session with any important information)
Information for service evaluation and statistical purposes.
How is your information secured?
All personal information is stored both electronically and physically. Personal information is stored on devices that are password and/or fingerprint/face ID protected and in files that are only accessible by me. Names and contact details are stored separately to other personal information (anonymous format). Information is stored physically using paper records held securely in locked storage in an anonymised format. These records are also only accessible by me.
How do I use your personal information?
I use your personal information to provide counselling services.
Once a client finishes counselling, all data regarding their counselling is stored securely for 7 years and then destroyed.
I will not share your personal details with anyone else without your knowledge and permission unless there is a legal requirement, if there is a child or safeguarding issue, or a perceived risk of harm.
Your rights over your personal data
If you would like to see the information I hold about you, or would like to correct, update or delete any records please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org If you have any concerns about my use of your data, please contact me at email@example.com I will do my best to resolve any concerns you have, but if these are not resolved to your satisfaction, you may choose to contact the ICO
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