"Guiding each client towards the boundless potential within themselves, crafting strategies to embrace life in all its vibrancy, and aiding them in achieving their unique life ambitions — this encapsulates the essence of my rewarding work as a counsellor."
Stephen is an HCPC registered Music Therapist and NMT Neurologic Music Therapist, with a BSc in Psychology, MSc in Psychology of Pathological addictions and further training, amongst others, in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-Based-Cognitive-Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. Stephen is a qualified Nurse and is completing his MSc in Clinical Psychology. Stephen's approach is non-judgemental and compassionate, supporting you on your journey to healing and mind-body-spirit well-being.
Stephen's music therapy sessions recognise and respect each person's individuality, tailoring his approach to suit their needs in a compassionate and non-judgemental setting, offering a supportive environment
Harnessing music as a universal language and non-verbal medium, he enables clients to express feelings that can't be put into words. This therapy is a clinical, evidence-based technique used to achieve non-musical goals and enhance physical and mental well-being. Stephen uses musical instruments and vocalisations to stimulate communication in clients, irrespective of their ability. His methods encourage social skills, creativity, and personal growth, providing a therapeutic journey filled with sensory and intellectual stimulation.
Stephen's unique approach to forest therapy invites you to reconnect with the healing power of nature. His journey began in the awe-inspiring landscapes near the Alps, instilling in him a profound respect for the natural world and shaping his therapeutic practices and philosophy.
In his professional life, Stephen draws upon these rich experiences and the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku or 'forest bathing'. As a mental health counsellor and therapist, he found resonance in the idea of therapeutic power inherent in nature, tracing back to our ancestors' harmony with the natural world.
Stephen's approach to Forest Therapy extends beyond a simple wander through Bristol's lush landscapes. It is a deeply immersive voyage that inspires meaningful engagement with the natural world, allowing you to harness its healing energies and attune to its inherent rhythm. Scientific studies support the myriad of health benefits of Forest Therapy, from regulating blood pressure and fostering relaxation to improving mood and cognitive functioning. Whether you're grappling with stress, anxiety, grief or life transitions, Stephen's Forest Therapy offers a journey of self-discovery and profound healing.
Stephen utilises the ancient art of Tibetan Singing Bowls in a modern context, focusing on their inherent power to generate long-resonating notes conducive to meditation, relaxation, and personal growth. These instruments, steeped in the pre-Buddhist shamanic culture of Tibet, are employed without specific spiritual or religious connotations. Instead, Stephen harnesses their sounds and vibrations to unblock energy, support mind-body-spirit well-being, and promote emotional healing. Paired with deep breathing and mindfulness meditation, the singing bowls become powerful tools for vibrational therapy, influencing human consciousness and grounding energy for therapeutic benefit.
Stephen enhances the reach of music therapy through seminars and workshops intended for care home staff, relatives of residents, and anyone with an interest. These sessions, held in various settings, aim to grow awareness and understanding of music therapy's therapeutic potential. They play a pivotal role in actively involving caregivers in therapy activities, fostering an inclusive environment. For those intrigued or wishing to delve deeper, Stephen offers a personalised learning experience tailored to accommodate unique needs and circumstances.