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Sound Counselling

Stuart Toghill BA(hon), MBACP, MBWRT(adv)

Advanced BWRT® Practitioner
Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Clinical Supervisor

“We cannot change the past… But we CAN change the way we FEEL about the past”

Hi, my name is Stuart. If you are looking for a therapist who is solution focussed with a compassionate and non-judgmental approach, I would be a really good fit for you, so please get in touch.

I offer a free initial phone consultation, in confidence and without obligation.

Testimonials

I specialise in:

Anxiety & Stress

Grief & Loss

Trauma

OCD

Anger Issues

Phobias & Fears

Low Self Esteem

Habits

Addiction

Peak Performance

Counselling

Psychotherapy

BWRT®

Supervision

FAQs

Urgent Help2022-11-23T15:26:52+00:00

If you are struggling and unable to get help from your usual support network, please consider contacting one of the agencies below.  

I cannot provide an emergency service, so I ask clients not to contact me in the event of a crisis as I cannot guarantee to be available, and any messages left by text, email or voicemail may not be seen for some time, if I am away from the office or on holiday….

Crisis Helplines – General

The Samaritans – 24/7

116 123

Mind 9am – 6pm Mon – Fri 

0300 123 3393

Hopeline UK for children and young people up to age 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide. 9am – midnight

0800 068 4141

CALMA helpline for anyone in the UK. Open every day 5pm – Midnight

0800 585858

Find your local NHS Mental Health Helpline which will take your call 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week.

Livewell Southwest Mental Health Helpline (for Plymouth residents. Available 24hr 7 days a week

0800 923 9323

Bereavement Helplines

Helplines For Children and Young People

Young Minds have a comprehensive list of support for children and young people.

Domestic Violence and Abuse

Womensaid

Firstlight

PDAS (Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service)

 

How many sessions will I need?2022-11-07T12:47:42+00:00

That is difficult to answer – it depends on your situation. Sometimes things can be resolved in only a few sessions (especially with BWRT) but there may be a need for more.

I offer session packs – 3, 6 or 9 sessions. We will discuss and agree this during our first session.

Further packs can be purchased as required, as well as individual sessions.

How much does it cost?2024-02-28T09:32:51+00:00

Initial session (90 minutes) £75

Therapy session (60 minutes) £60

3 session pack: £175

6 session pack: £350

Supervision: £75 for a 90 minute session

What type of therapy is used?2022-11-07T12:46:02+00:00

I am an ‘Integrative’ therapist – which means I use different approaches depending on the client’s situation.  I consider myself to be a solution focussed psychotherapist, and will use my skills and experience to decide on the best therapeutic approach, including BWRT.

Confidentiality2022-11-07T12:43:39+00:00

Confidentiality is one of the most essential parts of therapy. Everything we talk about in sessions is strictly confidential, in accordance with the BACP ethical framework.

I will never disclose any details of my clients or their sessions to anyone else, unless they authorise this in writing, in advance, unless I am required to do so: for example, to protect a client or others from serious harm including safeguarding commitments, and when legally required or authorised to disclose by a court.

Records are stored using the highest level of encryption and 2-step authentication. Internet connection to access files is always done using a VPN. I am registered with the ICO.

Judgement2022-11-23T15:19:38+00:00

Clients often have feelings of shame, guilt or embarrassment about their behaviour, thoughts or past events. All of my sessions are non-judgmental. It is important that the client feels safe to talk about whatever they need to without any fear of being judged.

Of course, with BWRT® the client does not need to disclose what their problem is… they only need to know how they would prefer to feel :-)

Session times2022-11-07T12:51:25+00:00

Sessions last for 60 minutes, of which 55 minutes are therapeutic time. The last 5 minutes are used to close the session, review any ‘homework’, arrange for the next session and arrange payment.

The first session will be 90 minutes long, which allows the client to more fully discuss their situation.

It is important to arrive on time, and to finish on time. This is part of our counselling contract.

Payment2023-11-28T13:44:04+00:00

Payment is required before each session by bank transfer. Details will be provided.

I accept cash or card payments (using a card reader) at the beginning of the session if bank transfers are not possible. I do not accept cheques.

I offer session packs (3, 6 or 9 sessions). Payment is required in advance for each pack or at the end of the first session of each new pack.

Please note that I require a minimum of 48 hours notice for changes to sessions or cancellations, otherwise payment is required in full.

Cancellation Policy2023-09-01T16:34:13+01:00

I ask for a minimum of 48 hours notice if your appointment needs to be changed or cancelled. If the notice time is less than this, the appointment is still chargeable.

Please provide me with as much notice as possible if you cannot make the appointment.

Alcohol and drugs2022-11-23T15:29:18+00:00

It is very important that the client is ‘present’ during the session, otherwise the therapy benefit may be reduced. I ask that clients do not arrive for their session under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If this is the case, it is likely the session will be cancelled, but there will still be a charge.

It goes without saying that you must not drive whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Phones and gadgets2022-11-07T12:27:13+00:00

I ask that mobile phones, smart devices and watches are turned off during the session, to avoid distractions. Of course, there may be a need to leave your phone on – if you might need to stay in touch with someone for example. Please let me know before the session starts.

Ethics2024-02-28T09:34:30+00:00

I adhere to the Ethical Framework of my professional body.

When using BWRT® I adhere to the BWRT Institute regulations.

Qualifications2022-11-23T15:28:46+00:00
  • BA(hon) Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, University of Worcester
  • MIBWRT(reg) – Advanced BWRT® practitioner (trained under Terence Watts)
  • Psychosexual Dysfunction Advanced Diploma, Essex Institute (trained under Terence Watts)
  • MBACP

BWRT® specialities

  • Grief Work
  • OCD
  • Procrastination Buster
  • Major Life Reset
  • Illness Anxiety Disorder
What happens in the first session?2023-11-04T07:36:38+00:00

During our first session, it is normal to feel nervous.  I will put you at ease, go through the counselling contract and the format of the sessions.  I will ask what you are hoping to get from our sessions so I can clearly understand your situation and how best to work with you (as an integrative counsellor I can work with different types of therapy). Together we will make a plan and begin work.

Clients usually leave feeling much more settled.  At the end of the session we will review what has been discussed, and book the next session.  I will always make sure you are ok before you leave.

Treatment Programs

Looking for something specific? Each of these treatment packs are designed to deal directly with specific problems.  These can be purchased individually, or incorporated as part of your ongoing therapy.

Please get in touch if you would like further information.

Smashing Limits

Quit Smoking

Beat Procrastination

Disarm Destructive Anger

Health Anxiety

Neurophysical Enhancement Training

OCD

Warriors, Settlors & Nomads (WSN)

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