Therapy Place Bristol Counselling & Psychotherapy with Duncan E. Stafford

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About Me

My therapeutic work began initially through coaching and mentoring roles within the arts professions. For many years I was a professional performing musician, composer and educator. Over an extended period of time this morphed into roles working with vulnerable young men and women within schools, community projects and Home Office secure accommodation.

Before I entered the profession of counselling and psychotherapy, at the turn of the century, I volunteered for a number of years on helplines such as the Samaritans. This sparked a deep interest in working with people both face-to-face, in the same room, and also remotely, via telephone and online methods.

During the mid-1990s I became increasingly interested in deeper psychological ways of working with people of all ages and, in 1996, I began to undertake various certificated qualifications in counselling, therapy, psychology and supervision.

These include:

  • Advanced and Postgraduate diplomas in therapeutic counselling (University of Cambridge)
  • Developmental psychology (Open University)
  • Certificate in integrative supervision (Cambridge Supervision Training).

Since 2005 I have been a BACP* accredited counsellor / psychotherapist and I am currently registered with the professional standards authority.

* BACP: British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

As a therapist, coach and supervisor I have worked in numerous settings including:
  • psychotherapy at Psychological Treatments Services, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge
  • counselling students at the University of Cambridge
  • groupwork with male and female young offenders in a Home Office secure unit
  • groupwork with ADHD boys and girls in special education settings
  • group facilitation with young women in severe welfare need
  • group and individual supervision for organisations such as the Cogwheel Trust, Choices and Cambridge Regional College
  • mentoring and supervision face-to-face and remotely for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London.

An important part of becoming the therapist I am is that I also spent many hours in therapy. This helps me to understand some of the difficulties you may have in coming to counselling or psychotherapy.

My own experience of counselling and psychotherapy included a twice-weekly Jungian analysis, which has helped to inform my work. Currently, I draw professionally on many therapeutic models within psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) frameworks. I also use coaching models and techniques in my work with neurodiverse people.

I have been offering therapy via remote methods, including telephone and video platforms, since 2005.

When I’m not involved with my work roles I’m passionate about many things including visual art, music and motorcycling.

Professional accreditation and memberships

I am an accredited and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I appear on BACP’s accredited voluntary register. You can view my details on the BACP website.

I am also registered with the General Hypnotherapy Register and agree to their ethical code when carrying out any hypnotherapy consultations. You can view my details on the GHR register.

Writing and media

As an author, my book, Turned On: Intimacy in a pornized society (THE WiTTING PRESS) was published in June 2010. I have also written articles and contributed to magazines as diverse as Therapy Today and Glamour, and consulted for broadcast media such as Channel 4 and BBC Three, making contributions to programmes like Channel 4's Porn on the Brain.

Professional networking

I am an active networker and am always pleased to make professional connections with other therapists, whether they live close to the areas I work in (Bristol, Bath, Somerset and Cambridge) or much further afield.

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