Adam King, Registered Member (MBACP)
Pg.Dip. in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice
Hi, I'm Adam and am based in Southport, Merseyside. I work as a counsellor in private practice at Stillwell Counselling. I currently also work as a counsellor with an emotional health and well-being service and an emergency counselling scheme set up for providing support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Becoming a counsellor evolved from my own positive experiences of personal therapy that promoted awareness and confidence within me from understanding myself better. The process awoken something in me that wanted to help others in a way that empowered them to gain confidence within themselves to make their own choices and decisions in how they are living their lives.
My path to becoming a counsellor initially began from wanting to gain a broader understanding of human nature by gaining a bachelors degree in psychology before moving into specific counselling training that culminated in qualified as a counsellor with a post-graduate diploma in counselling and psychotherapy practice.
My training was underpinned by the Person-Centred approach that has a central belief that given the right relational conditions humans have the potential for self-growth and development. This means people have the ability to draw on their own resources that can often get blocked through certain life experiences that can often move us away from meeting our own emotional needs. In creating a therapeutic relationship with clients, I work to reflect empathy, non-judgement and genuineness for promoting this growth and development. It can provide a safe space to help clients' unblock and connect with who they are and gain trust in themselves and insight and clarity into their situation from developing a better understanding and acceptance of themselves for knowing what is best for them in how they are living their life.
As a man training in counselling, I soon became aware that male counsellors were rare and that in general men can find it more difficult to talk about their thoughts and feelings as a result of the way men are traditionally socialised to hide emotions. My own experiences of this in training and working with men's issues with clients has led me to develop greater awareness, empathy and understanding towards this in both how I may be experienced by clients and how I work with all clients.
I have experience working with a range of clients, helping work through issues relating to anxiety, depression, loss, low mood, stress, low self-esteem/confidence, relationship/family and work difficulties
Prior to working as a counsellor, for nearly 20 years, I worked with a care home for the elderly in an administrative role that included using counselling skills with family members who were experiencing emotional difficulties in both placing their loved one in a care home and the whole process behind it. It was important for me to allow people the time and space to be able to explore these feelings which were valued by residents’ families and made the process less daunting for them.
I am originally from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and have been based in the North-West, in Lancashire and Merseyside for 13 years. Outside of counselling, I very much enjoy spending time with my family, reading, family history research, countryside walking with my dog and exploring places of historic interest.