Steve Hartley, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Steve Hartley

Stroud GL5
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Steve Hartley, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Steve Hartley

Stroud GL5
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My Approach

I offer an opportunity to explore, in relationship, recurring events or patterns of behaviour or parts of your life where there is anxiety, hopelessness or a sense of being stuck. Sometimes a conversation in therapy can lead to new meanings or shed light on what's going on for us. And sometimes sharing our grief or sense of helplessness, and having that seen and heard, can help us feel less alone with it. This in turn can bring us closer to a place of acceptance or understanding.

The stories we tell about ourselves can become fixed and not allow for change or growth. I believe that it is in the sharing of these familiar stories that we can gain a new perspective, which in turn can lead to real change and a way through dark and difficult times.

About Me

After many years working for a multinational corporation, I completed a UKCP accredited Masters and diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. I have been working in private practice since 2014, and prior to that in an agency as a counsellor for people recovering from problems with drug and alcohol use, as well as a number of years in the management of a local organisation providing support to those who are distressed and suicidal. My experiences in the charitable sector and in the commercial world have given me a certain perspective on the pressures and the distractions of work.

I work with

  • Individuals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

I have personal and professional understanding and experience around the many ways in which we feel and suffer loss. Its madness and darkness, and the ways in which we try and meaning and connection when we lose those we love, through death, divorce or estrangement. And also how we can feel bereft in illness, when we lose work which gave us meaning, or our hopes in relationship come crashing down.
I have spent a number of years speaking to clients who are facing ongoing chronic or terminal illness, helping them to adjust to the unknowns, the unpredictability, the sense of loss. I also offer support to family and loved ones of those who's lives have been affected by ongoing illness.
Our families are sometimes the places of the most unchanging suffering, and ongoing repeated patterns of painful experiences. I have a particular interest in working with the suffering which follows years of painful relating, trauma and abuse in our families of origin.
Sometimes we have a sense of deja vu in relationships. I've been in this dark place before. Or I can't get relationships "right". Repeated patterns of abuse or control, on either side of the divide, can leave us feeling hopeless that we'll ever experience intimacy or be able to be ourselves in relationship. In therapy, we can explore what's happening, or what's happened, and help find a way forward.
I have considerable experience of working with those who have lost any sense of hope in life, or for whom it seems just too painful. I also see clients who's lives have been touched by the loss of others to suicide.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Adoption
  • Age-related Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Illness
  • Couple Issues
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Employment Difficulties
  • Family
  • Gender
  • Health-related Issues
  • Identity Problems
  • Infertility
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Obsessions
  • Parents
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Relationships
  • Separation
  • Sex Problems
  • Sexuality
  • Spirituality
  • Step Families
  • Stress
  • Suicide
  • Terminal Illness
  • Trauma

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term

Stroud Office

Stroud GL5

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£50 per 50 minute session

UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
Steve Hartley

Steve Hartley

Stroud GL5

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