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Simon Baverstock, PGDip, B.A. (Hons), UKCP Accredited and Registered Psychotherapist
Hello and welcome to my website.
I wonder what has brought you here, and what you are looking for.
Congratulations you if you have decided to seek support. Wild horses would not have dragged me to therapy had I not first known a therapist as a friend at a time of crisis who showed me kindness. Your journey is unique. Every time I've been listened to and understood I've come away feeling cared for, valued and with a new sense of worth. I've learned that change is inevitable and that how I care for myself in the present affects me in my future.
I am an Integrative Relational Psychotherapist and I use my experience of relating to you in sessions to understand your way of being in the world, how you make sense it and how you relate to others.
I work with adults weekly or more often (usually for a minimum of six weeks) who struggle with relationships or other aspects of life. These might include experiences or emotions such as anger, anxiety, sadness, depression, panic or grief.
You set the pace and the agenda. My agenda is to support you. Within a strong, supporting alliance, you can reach attainable goals. Being listened to and feeling heard can bring immediate benefits. Long standing suffering can take a longer term to unravel.
Psychotherapy need not only be about facing unpleasant emotions or experiences in company. I am equally willing to explore or witness your happiness or success. You may wish to undertake a journey of exploration or self development. Please see below for details of confidentiality.
While some Covid distancing restrictions are being relaxed I consider that the threat presented by close confinement presents a significant risk of virus transmission so for your safety and mine I continue to offer psychotherapy sessions by telephone or secure online video call.
I use the CORE - Outcome Measures self assessment forms periodically through my clients' journeys if they are willing as a way to monitor the effect and direction of my clients' psychotherapy. You can download these below.
You can contact me by text, phone or email to arrange an appointment.
Please leave me a message of what you're looking for if I am unable to answer your call. Perhaps you'd like to take the opportunity to read through the rest of my website with a pen and paper handy to note down anything you become aware of while you do.
I will return your call when it is convenient. I aim to respond to all calls within 48 hours.
I look forward to hearing from you.
I have worked with individuals with a wide range of experiences which included relationship difficulties, PTSD, anxiety, low self esteem, bereavement, end of life, suicidal thoughts, anger, obsessive behaviour, alcoholism, drug use, domestic violence, sexual violence, depression, childhood sexual abuse and/or panic attacks.
I welcome and have worked with adults who experience psychosis and Dissociative Identity Disorder.
I regularly take part in professional development training (CPD) in areas of work that arise among clients presenting in my practice.
I invite you with warmth and respect to explore subjects of your choice with me at your pace. Confidentiality will be maintained unless I believe your life or someone else's is in danger, when I am compelled to break confidentiality by a court of law, or where information disclosed during a session is of such gravity that confidentiality cannot reasonably be expected to be maintained, for example, in cases of fraud or crime.
I meet with a senior practicing psychotherapist twice monthly to discuss aspects of my ongoing work. My clients' identities are not disclosed during those meetings.
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I charge from £45 for each session of sixty minutes duration. You may pay by cash, cheque or BACS bank transfer.
I have appointments available from 8:30am to 8pm weekdays excluding Wednesdays.
I appreciate 48 hours notice of session cancellations. If you cancel a session with less than 48 hours notice the full fee is payable.
I am a full clinical member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and abide by the UKCP Code of Ethics which may be found below.
You can find more information about Relational Psychotherapy online here:
If you feel in need of immediate support may I suggest you speak to your GP or one of the organisations listed here:
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I began working with clients in 2012 while training for a diploma in Integrative Relational Psychotherapy at Scarborough Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Institute.
In 2014 I co-founded Northern Lights Therapy Service in Scarborough which specializes in the treatment of adults who have profound childhood experiences of sexual abuse, neglect, domestic and/or sexual violence, trauma and exploitation. I remain a director in practice there.
I gained a B.A. (Honours) degree in Theology and Christian ministry in 1997 and have worked in drug and alcohol rehabilitation and youth work with periods in the leisure and manufacturing industries.
In my spare time I enjoy the natural beauty of the countryside, mechanics, gardening and stained glass.