Craig Coventry MBACP (Accred).MA, BSc.
My initial training was a BSc in Psychology and Counselling at the University of Roehampton. Following this course I decided to continue training with Roehampton and completed an MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am a BACP Accredited practitioner and abide by their ‘Ethical Framework For The Counselling Professions’. I am an Integrative practitioner as I make use of different approaches to psychotherapy. However, I primarily work using a ‘Person-Centred’ Model.
The Person-Centred model is focused on understanding you as a whole person. Creating an empathic understanding within a non-judgmental environment and promoting exploration of emotional and thought processes and experiences. The idea behind this approach is that each individual client has the capacity to navigate through their difficulties in the best way for them. However, they may require a growth promoting relationship with the therapist to help heal internal wounds, aid the self-exploration, and grow towards psychological independence. Cognitive and Psychodynamic concepts are integrated into my practice depending on the client’s presentations.
MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy- University of Roehampton.
BSc Psychology and Counselling- University of Roehampton.
Currently (2016-2018) I am also undergoing further training in trauma therapy with The Wealden Psychology Institute.
Throughout my initial training, I worked as a college counsellor and I also worked within an adult service at a local charity. Since qualifying I have primarily worked in private practices in London and Surrey. In addition to my clinical experience in one to one therapy, I also have several years’ experience working voluntarily for addiction support groups. I held regular group meetings and then later worked for the groups’ management committees for the Guildford and surrounding areas.
Areas I have worked with include:
- Abuse: sexual, emotional, domestic.
- Low self-esteem
- Self-harm/Suicidal Ideation
- Work related stress-anxiety
- Psychological Trauma
Main Interests and Specialties
During my time in practice I have worked with several client presentations, however, my work has primarily centered around Anxiety, Depression, Self-Harm and Suicidal Ideation, Addictions, Managing Loss/Bereavement and Psychological Trauma.
Psychological Trauma is a result of being subjected to experiences that the individual finds extremely overwhelming and results in long-term difficulties such as: intrusive memories, fears, anxiety, impairments in emotional and physical arousal and an inability to integrate thought, emotion and memory in a coherent manner. Such experiences could be sexual, emotional, or physical abuse, neglect in childhood, accidents- such as car crashes. Psychological Trauma is not limited to these adverse situations as it is subjective to the individual’s experience of what is found to be overwhelming. However, the likelihood of experiencing Psychological Trauma is increased by the individual’s sense of helplessness or vulnerability. Trauma can manifest in the form of PTSD in the more extreme end however, can also manifest in being prone to stress responses. Trauma can often be found in people who have been diagnosed with disorders such as Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder), panic or anxiety disorders and even in many physical health issues. This is due to how the nervous system is often on high alert with trauma survivors, which in turn can interfere with a number of different internal regulatory systems.
I am an accredited member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I am currently registered with AXA PPP, Cigna, Healix, Vitality health and Allianz Worldwide Care. I also provide invoices for clients to claim back the fees from other insurance providers – please check with your individual provider of health insurance and inform me prior to our first appointment.
*If your therapy is being funded by health insurance, please inform me of your membership number and authorization code upon requesting an appointment. I will need these to confirm authorization from your insurer before I confirm your booking.
My fees are £55 per 50-minute session.
On requesting an appointment via our online booking system, the practitioner may well call you to confirm details before you meet. This initial telephone discussion of up to 10 minutes is free of charge, and is designed to confirm that it is indeed appropriate to proceed to a full consultation and is not designed to replace a consultation.
Sessions are scheduled for the same time each week and a full fee is charged for cancellations without a minimum of 48 hours’ notice. Pre-payment by BACS is or card payment is preferred, however cash at the end of the session is perfectly acceptable.