Who are we?
James Hawes MBACP Accred (PG.Dip.Coun.)
James has been working as a therapist for sixteen years (since 2004) and then established Synergy Counselling . He works with a broad range of clients as outlined on the front page. James takes clients from employee assistant programmes and health insurance companies. He works in partnership with several organizations including BUPA, Right Management, Sporting Chance, Catharsis, Emmanuel House and [email protected] Apart from working in his private practice he also works in Nottingham High School with teenagers for two days a week. James also facilitates men's groups and anger management groups. Additionally James runs several popular workshops for teachers, counsellors and youth workers. In addition to his Counselling and Psychotherapy work he is a trained mediator.
I am committed to my own continuing development and have regular supervision and I'm insured for professional liability. I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am bound by its Ethical Framework for good practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the professional conduct procedure therein.
Access the BACP website HERE
Associate Counsellor - Fiona Barnes BA (Hons), MA
As a person-centred psychotherapist I offer one-to-one counselling sessions to adults (age 16+). Based in Nottingham, I am able to provide telephone and video-call sessions in order to support you during the restrictions enforced by Covid-19.
Throughout completing the MA in Person-Centred Experiential Psychotherapy at The University of Nottingham, I have gained invaluable experience with a broad range of clients whilst working with the Human Flourishing Project (HFP). I have worked with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, bereavement, bullying, workplace trauma, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, terminal illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, post-natal depression and personality disorders.
I discovered the value of counselling through my own experiences:
Before I trained as a counsellor, I worked in Human Resources. Whilst I lacked enthusiasm for office work, I enjoyed and felt passionate about connecting with and helping other people. When I experienced a sudden and traumatic bereavement, my life stopped in its tracks. In the depths of my grief I sought professional counselling. This helped to enable my recovery and the positive growth I felt encouraged me to train as a counsellor.
I believe each person is unique, and is the expert in their own unique experiences. In my therapeutic work I aim to create a safe, compassionate and empathic environment so that you feel valued and accepted. I will gently and sensitively help you to explore and understand difficult feelings and experiences, so that you can feel more in touch with yourself and able to move forward positively. All sessions are confidential, and we will work together at a pace that feels right for you.
I adhere to the BACP ethical framework for my practice, and I hold a DBS certificate and have professional indemnity insurance. If you would like to speak to me about working together, please do get in touch.
Normal sessions last for 50 minutes. If requested the extension of session times can be negotiated for future sessions.
Couples and families £75 (Monday- Friday between 9-5pm) and £85 for evening appointments
Group sessions will usually last between 90-120 minutes. Groups are set up periodically, please contact us for the start times for the next group.
If you are unable to attend a booked appointment time then we usually expect 48 hours notice, otherwise we expect full payment.
For those with financial restrictions Synergy is able to offer a negotiated reduced fee for a limited number of clients
Does Counselling work?
“How can talking to someone help sort my problems out?”
“Isn’t it the same as talking to your mates?”
“How can someone just listening to me help me, you need to give me some advice?”
For some counselling doesn’t work but for most it has a remarkable impact on their lives. When the client is open and vulnerable and ready to work on their 'stuff' then clients experience incredible inner movements in their lives and can leave the counselling session feeling energised, challenged and changed. Many clients will say, I don’t understand it, but something inside has shifted, something clicked into place last week.
Research consistently upholds the following:
1. Therapy works - numerous studies have proven that people accessing therapy, increase their level of functioning 80 % greater then those who don’t have therapy.
2. You as the client are the most important factor in therapeutic change - if you want to change and are prepared to do the hard emotional work then a successful outcome increases by 40%
3. The relationship is a crucial aspect of successful therapy - therapeutic relationships will include rapport, support and trust to enhance inner strengths, potential and change. If this is lacking – then the therapist may not be right for you.
What you can expect from the counsellor and what to look for in a good therapist
1. Contact An ability to help you feel safe, building rapport and trust.
2. Acceptance Not judging you, but accepting who you are and offering empathy.
3. Listening Creating an environment where you feel heard and acknowledged.
4. Not quick to give advice Not telling you what to do or seeking to 'parent' you.
5. Mutuality Treating you with respect and honouring your needs and expectations
Is it value for money?
For many, therapy can sound like an expensive luxury. Money spent on emotional care can be rare and most hope that they can go without it. However, many of us think nothing about spending money to keep our cars on the road. For example many of us spend -
1. Approximately £40-50 a week to keep a car on the road, (Much more if you have a loan)
2. At least £70 a month if you go on holiday once a year
3. £10-40 a month for a gym membership
4. At least £30-£100 per month on leisure and drinking activities
5. £50-£150 on food a week
Emotional fitness impacts overall wellbeing and include the benefits of feeling better about self, increased confidence, better relationships and greater all round health. Research indicates that counselling is good value for money