Synergy Counselling

Who are we?

James Hawes MBACP Accred (PG.Dip.Coun.)

James has been working as a therapist for twelve years and established Synergy Counselling ten years ago. 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 with individuals he also works in schools with teenagers and runs groups for men in the voluntary sector. In addition to his Counselling and Psychotherapy work he is a trained mediator.

"Previously to training as a Counsellor I trained and qualified as a carpenter, worked as a senior youth worker, a mediator and have been involved in working with people in a variety of settings for several years. During my thirties I 'burnt out' and felt lost, emotionally exhausted and in constant physical pain. I began a difficult process of unlearning, seeking to understand myself and embrace my true self. Four years after this part of my journey began, I started training as a therapist and now count it a privilege to hear other's stories and watch them develop and grow through a difficult stage in their life. I am passionate about creating a space for people to 'be who they are' and to move from merely surviving life to living fully and authentically.

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.
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Sally Hawes MBACP (BA Hons Hum.Coun.)

Sally has been working as a therapist for the last three years working with adults and children with a variety of issues. Sally also works as a chartered physiotherapist and is therefore able to bring her understanding of body issues and the connection of body and emotions into the therapeutic encounter.

" I have worked in the NHS for over 15 years as a physiotherapist yet embarked on a journey of greater self-awareness and personal development through my own personal experience of counselling in a difficult time of my life. I decided to train as a counsellor and see it as a total privilege to share in my client's story, creating a space for my client to find a way forward and gain greater understanding of themselves in a difficult time of their life. I am particularly interested in the way our bodies hold our experiencing and can support and assist us in gaining greater understanding of our emotions and thoughts. "

I am committed to my own continuing professional development and I have regular supervision and am insured for professional liability. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the professional conduct procedure therein.


Normal sessions last for 50 minutes. If requested the extension of session times can be negotiated for future sessions.

Individuals £50 (Monday- Friday between 9-5pm) and £55 for evening appointments

Couples and families £55 (Monday- Friday between 9-5pm) and £65 for evening appointments

Groups £25

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

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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

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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

Research by Warwick and Manchester Universities indicate that counselling is 32 times more cost effective at making you happier than by obtaining more money. An £800 course in therapy would take a £25000 pay rise to achieve the equivalent increase in improving wellbeing and mental health.

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