Ian Wainwright, Counsellor
Ian Wainwright, Counsellor
Professional Member of the National Counselling Society
Appointments in Sheffield S8, Skype, walk & talk, home & employer visits
My approach to counselling
My approach in supporting you is to build a relationship of mutual trust and to create a safe place where you are able to explore your inner feelings, anxieties or fears. I conduct my sessions with calmness, warmth and by listening to you and your individual need, with the aim of supporting and enabling you to move to a more settled place. I will travel with you on your journey at a pace and level that suits you as an individual. I have no agenda, as the agenda is governed by you and I will never be judgemental. No issue is too big or too small to discuss and help with. There will be no timescales as to how long you may need support for as this will be entirely up to you. My practice rooms are in the Woodseats (S8) area of Sheffield, which is central to Meersbrook, Norton, Meadowhead and Millhouses.
I normally see people within my practice rooms, but some people find the thought of face to face counselling indoors and in a relatively confined space, a daunting or overwhelming prospect. If this resonates with you, I offer the ‘Walk and Talk’ sessions.
“My experience of counselling has been a great one. Having often thought about counselling I never had the courage to do so, but eventually applied for the bursary and Ian was fantastic at making me feel at ease. Throughout the sessions they have helped me deal with my personal issues and I feel more confident about future situations and how to deal with them.” 'Jane' - client feedback, May 2017
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“I have found counselling to be really useful in helping me to cope with everyday stress and anxiety and a great tool in dealing with the underlying emotions. It has been a great opportunity for me.” 'Jane' - client feedback, May 2017
My inspiration to become a counsellor
I have worked in the care sector since 1986 (Learning disabilities, Mental Health and Community based projects). I currently still work part-time as a Health Social Assessor and visit residential homes and a variety of mental health settings.
As a result of my experiences and the growing need to help and support people (both in and out of the workplace), I have encountered many people who, at some point in their lives, have had times of stress, loss, anxiety, and abuse, where the right kind of help was needed to support them. As a practising Christian, I was inspired to embark on the long path to become a qualified counsellor where my skills and ethos could be used to meet a community need.
"Very friendly and I became comfortable very quickly. The sessions addressed my my issues rather than trying to just tick boxes. The counselling helped me a lot by guiding me to my own conclusions and advising me on ways to make negatives from the past into positives lessons." 'Peter' - client feedback, March 2017
What I can help with
Well just about anything really. What-ever your need might be, we can discuss your situation and decide how best to move forward. This might involve direct support at the time of crisis, or indirect support for spouses/partners, relatives or even friends that might be affected by the crisis or need for help.
"I have wanted to have counselling for a number of years but was never able. After a traumatic illness I was referred, but the timing and place were never right for me. The offer of six free sessions has given me this opportunity and has been invaluable. I truly feel Ian has given me the tools to live my life differently and I feel like it has been an amazing experience that I would wholly recommend." 'Jane' - client feedback, December 2016
Initial consultation meeting (60 mins) - £50
Normal sessions, within the practice rooms (60 mins) - £50
Walk & talk (60 mins) - £40
Skype (60 mins) - £35
Home visits (60 mins) - £50 Additional costs cover travel, time and mileage - this is agreed before any session is booked.
Visit to the employer (60 mins) - £45
There is a 10% reduction for all students.
Please note, emergency appointments and weekends times incur additional charges agreed at your first point of contact and before any meeting date/time is agreed.
I also offer a Bursary scheme that operates throughout the year. There is an application process for a bursary. After a successful application, a set number of 6 sessions will be offered without any fees being required.
“My counselling sessions have made me realise why I do certain things and where they stem from. It has also helped me work out how to move forward and to not blame myself. It has pushed me to explore parts of my life I feel I have missed and I am now looking at going back to address and complete these bits”. 'Jane' - client feedback, October 2017
Types of counselling
I am a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. This means that I adopt differing approaches and techniques tailored to individual needs. You are unique and as such will be supported in the best way that suits you.
How I deliver counselling
Your initial meeting with me will be a consultation and this will take approximately 30 mins. At the end of this meeting, you will be offered a plan and a contract to consider. There is no obligation to accept this. If you do decide to have counselling, further sessions will then be agreed and these sessions will be planned for 1 hour (60 mins.). If you need further information, I can be contacted by phone or email and will be happy to help.
Counselling can be in the form of:
Face to face sessions
‘Couple’, Group or Family sessions
Visits to a place of work (with employer agreement)
Walk and talk sessions - I normally see people within my practice rooms, but some people find the thought of face to face counselling indoors and in a relatively confined space, a daunting or overwhelming prospect. If this resonates with you, I offer ‘Walk and Talk’ sessions.
Sessions can be arranged during the day, evening or weekend (Saturday mornings only)
There is no minimum or maximum number of sessions as counselling therapy will be variable around your individual need.
Clients I work with
I offer counselling to adults, adolescents and children. This is because I have experience and knowledge from ‘real life’ situations.
L2 Counselling Skills, L3 Counselling Studies, L4 Counselling Diploma (Registered), L5 Advanced Diploma (Accredited)
Higher National Certificate in Managing Health and Care settings, Registered Managers Award, National Vocational Qualification level 4 in Care, Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector. D32 / D33 Assessors Award.
To discuss how Ian could help, or to make an appointment, please our Sheffield office on any of the contact details below.