Stephen Thwaites aims at providing an empathic and non-judgemental counselling space where his clients can feel free to discuss whatever is troubling them. Counselling offers the opportunity to be heard in a non-judgemental way, but it can also help us to see problems from a different perspective and to begin finding ways of integrating difficult feelings and experiences. In doing so, we can live with greater authenticity. Stephen works with an integrative approach which is client centred and adopts different ways of working according to the client’s needs. In this way, the client and the therapeutic relationship become more important than any particular theory of counselling.
Stephen has worked in the NHS and in teaching and is interested in work related issues such as stress and the pressures of the work environment. Working in different fields and changing roles has given him insights into the challenges of work and career change. Having lived and worked in various parts of the world, includingSudan, Egypt and Japan, he has develop an interest in our relationship with our own and other cultures, and how we find meaning and a place in the world as an outsider.
Stephen is a trainee integrative counsellor and psychotherapist and is a member of the BACP. He works within The Awareness Centre’s NHS counselling service and sees patients in a GP surgery in Lambeth. Stephen is currently working towards a Diploma and MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.