Towards the Good Life.

A confidential space to explore the thoughts, feelings and challenges in your life.

Welcome, and thank you for visiting my website. My name is James Grant and I am a Counsellor providing both short- and long-term therapy to individuals aged 18 and over, either face to face, by media platform (zoom etc.) or by telephone anywhere in the country.

Hi, here is a little bit, of what I hope, is helpful background

It was the suffering of a loved one which brought me to study psychology and thereafter, counselling. So, I have not always been a Counsellor. I have a BA degree in Housing Studies and worked for 22 years in an organisation with the highest integrity and probity on behalf of frail, disabled and elderly people.

Whilst there, I learned about the intense difficulties that life can bring and the compassion and practical help, that can be offered by very special people. I strive to practise this.

I am a classically trained person centred Counsellor and Supervisor

This means I have a deep belief in the growth and development of my clients. For counselling clients, this can best be achieved when I provide you with a 'safe place' where you can explain your issue and your aims and we will work together to achieve them.

I firmly believe that if certain conditions exist between client and Counsellor then over time, positive therapeutic change will arise - it is inevitable. These conditions are a combination of the Counsellors own attitudes, training and skills and the relationship formed with the client.

For supervisees, I aim to build the kind of relationship which suits the professional and ethical requirements of our work and fosters ongoing development in a relaxed manner. In the words of my supervision tutor: 'to allow our work to breathe'.

I am also a member of the BACP Spirituality division which honours spirituality, belief and pastoral care in counselling and psychotherapy.


Training & Related Qualifications:

  • NLP Practitioner 2006
  • NLP Master Practitioner 2007
  • Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) trained Coach 2008
  • Level 2 Person Centred Counselling 2009
  • Level 3 Advanced Counselling Skills 2011 - Merit
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2018
  • PTSD Diploma 2019 - Distinction
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling 2021
  • Advanced Certificate in Clinical Supervision 2023

Other courses e.g. Continuous Professional Development:

  • Meditation guided practise - 1988-90
  • Suicide Prevention - 2016
  • Hypnotherapy - 2019
  • Transaction analysis- 2020
  • Bereavement counselling 2020

What issues can counselling help with?

People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:

Feelings of stress or anxiety

Panic attacks

Relationship problems

Grief, loss or bereavement

Problems with addiction

Trauma and post-traumatic stress


Problems with confidence or self-esteem

Anger management

Issues relating to sexuality

Difficulties at work or in retirement

Problems with family or school life

In our counselling relationship you will never be judged. In fact, you will be my primary concern; valued and respected in our partnership which I will treat as private, ethical and confidential.

We will work at a pace that is comfortable for you and review progress at regular intervals. You will receive from me; appropriate sensitivity, and a caring honesty which will always put you first. I will work ethically, legally and openly at all times.

Initial consultation

You can expect to have a free first session of 30-50 minutes without commitment. Then, if you feel you will benefit from the counselling I can provide, we can discuss an initial number of counselling sessions and how we review your progress. There is never an obligation to continue counselling.

If I cannot provide the type of counselling I feel you need, I will always be honest about this. I will discuss it thoroughly with you and help you find the best way forward. This is because you are the main concern in a counselling relationship which is built on trust.

Sessions & fees

Counselling sessions typically last for 50 minutes to allow for brief session notes to be recorded. These are completely confidential.

My fees are:

  • £45 for face to face sessions
  • £40 for video platform or telephone sessions
  • £35 for students

I am also offering relaxation and meditation courses at reduced rates.

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial consultation. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on 07934905262 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential.

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