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Simon Baverstock, PGDip, B.A. (Hons), UKCP Accredited and Registered Psychotherapist
Hello and welcome to my website.
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 of it, how you relate to others and what might be getting in the way of your happiness.
Your journey is unique. Every time I've been listened to and understood I've come away feeling cared for and valued with a new sense of worth. I've learned that change is inevitable and that how I care for myself in the present affects my future.
I work with adults weekly or more often (usually for a minimum of six weeks) who struggle with relationships or other aspects of their lives. These might include your experience of particular events, or how you are affected by your emotions.
Our relationships form vital and important sources of nourishment for us, enabling us to rest, recreate and work in safety and trust.
Our earliest caregiving experiences form the pattern of our later styles of interacting with ourselves, the world, and others. We can pick up what our caregivers struggled with and view ourselves through the lenses they used.
A therapeutic relationship can model new ways to interact with yourself, others, and your environment that contributes to your wellbeing, nourishment and healthy society.
If our caregivers gave us good enough interaction, affirmation and care as a child we can suceed in life as adults. Inadequate interactions, care or affirmation by caregivers as children can lead to a perceived lack in self confidence, low self esteem and poor adult relationships. Those early lessons can be rewritten by the experience of new sucessful interactions.
On our journeys through childhood we rely on our caregivers to teach us to regulate our moods, after the pattern they've learnt from their caregivers.
Of the range of possible human emotions, our caregivers may have handled some of our emotions better than others.
In psychotherapy we can learn new ways to relate to, understand and value our emotions.
Some people struggle with past events which seem forever to remain in the present. That's because of how our brains process trauma. Bringing those events into present experience and engagement in supportive and compassionate company enables our conscious brains to process them in the normal way and put them to rest in the past where they belong.
Abuse can take many forms. The recipient of the abuse is never responsible for the abuse they receive. Responsibility for the abuse resides soley with the perpetrator.
Whatever subject you bring to your sessions, you set the pace. 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.
While some Covid distancing restrictions are being relaxed I continue to offer psychotherapy sessions by telephone and secure online video call.
You can download an intake form below and the statement of understanding outlines the terms of my contract.
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; I will return your call when it is convenient and aim to respond to all calls within 48 hours.
I have worked with individuals with a wide range of experiences which included relationship difficulties, post traumatic stress disorder (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 continual professional development training 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 PayPal, standing order or BACS bank transfer.
I have appointments available from 8:30am to 6pm 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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On Fridays from September 2020 I will have socially distanced, face to face open air client appointments available near Stamford Bridge, east of York in a private orchard with recourse to a therapy studio in case of inclement weather. This comes with the added benefit of being surrounded by the beauty of the countryside and nature.
Please ask for details.
On Tuesdays from September 2020 I will be restarting socially distanced, face to face client appointments at York Clinic for Integrated Healthcare, 296 Tadcaster Road, York. For further details of the clinic please click below:
I began working with clients in 2012 while training for a diploma in Integrative Relational Psychotherapy at Scarborough Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Institute.
Trauma, abuse and neglect
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.