A native to year-round sunshine, I am originally from South Africa but moved to the UK in 2000. I now live in Trowbridge and I run my practice from a comfortable and private therapy room in Trowbridge.
I respect that you are an individual and that your experiences are unique to you. My practice is integrative which means that I make no assumptions about how you might respond to any given circumstance in your life and I am able to tailor my approach to your individual needs.
I believe that the patterns that reveal themselves in our day to day lives and which prevent us from living wholeheartedly have their origins in the past and can manifest themselves in our relationships with people, and most importantly with ourselves. I also believe that it is essential to recognise the brain and body connection in therapy. Research increasingly shows that what we experience in our minds is not confined to our heads; our bodies respond intuitively to our lived experience and it is as important to listen to our bodies as it is to listen to our heads.
What to look for in a counsellor
If you’re going to be a counsellor, first and foremost you have to care. You have to care about people, to be able to sit with them in their sadness and cheer them in their victories. You also have to be curious about what makes them tick, what they struggle with, what they are passionate about, what they dream about and what is making them feel stuck. You have to want to keep learning because learning never ends. Finally, you need to want to play a central role in the rebuilding of people’s lives and then, as if you were never there, become entirely obsolete.
As a somatic practitioner I look not only at what the mind is saying, but also what the body was saying, and how those two things can often be in conflict. My interest in somatic work, particularly the work of Dr Peter Levine, began early on in my training and has only grown stronger as I experience my clients reintegrating their physical experience with the cognitive understanding of their lives. This reintegration is the key to healing in much of the work that I do and I am passionate about its potential to transform lives.
Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
MA Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice
Somatic Experiencing® Practioner
As a registered member of the ACC I am required to work to a high professional standard, adhere to the ACC ethical framework and commit to continued professional development/training throughout my career.
Volunteer & Other Work
As a crisis volunteer for SHOUT and a Mental Health Officer for Bath Mind, I have worked with a lot of people who are experiencing acute anxiety or panic attacks as well as people who are thinking about, or imminently planning to harm themselves or to take their own lives.
It is a privilege to hold a space for those who cannot contain the darkness alone any more. I welcome and encourage you to reach out to arrange some sessions if you feel this way.
If you feel that you cannot access counselling at this time but still need to reach out you can text SHOUT to 85258 and a trained volunteer will be there to have a confidential conversation with you via text. If you prefer to speak to someone, please call the Samaritans on 116123.
If you are in need of immediate medical assistance call 999.
About Greg James Counselling, a counsellor in Trowbridge offering counselling for anxiety, counselling for men's issues, PTSD, counselling for anger, counselling for depression, counselling for trauma.