Dean Forbes is a qualified psychotherapist and has gained his experience working in private practice and the voluntary sector. He holds a degree (BA Hons) in Integrative Counselling and is a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). He has a number of years’ experience working as a psychotherapist including two years working with a charity based in the LGBTQ+ community.
Dean is sensitive to how difficult it might be for a client to talk to a stranger about personal issues, so he works towards creating an atmosphere of trust within the room. His motto is ‘Rebuilding in a safe, non-judgemental environment’. Dean’s way of working is not to tell you what is right or wrong, or even to tell you what to do; he will strive to hold your difference and uniqueness in the utmost regard. Dean’s approach is Integrative psychotherapy, with his core based in person-centred and psychodynamic. He believes that working in a person-centred way allows the client to work through their issues at their own pace and in their own way. Working in a psychodynamic manner also helps them to reveal the hidden parts of their past and things they may not be aware of in themselves. He also works with some cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approaches, which can be useful in helping a client address unwanted thoughts and behaviours.
Along with the specialisms above, Dean has worked with persons dealing with a variety of other psychological issues. These include but are not limited to, anxiety, bullying, gender & identity, sex & relationships, workplace issues, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. His aim is to work along with you through your particular difficulties. These may be deeper, past issues that you find hard to let go, or the rigours of day-to-day troubles that wear you down. Dean believes that therapy can help you through your difficult times, discover who you really are and unlock your true potential.