I have over 10 years experience working with people’s mental health and wellbeing, spanning a variety of people and settings. These include the adult primary mental health care service in the NHS, addiction recovery, youth offenders, people with dementia, physical and learning difficulties, in prisons, and community music groups.
Added to that I’ve been through some tough times myself. I am in a good position to help not only because I am qualified to a high degree, but I have spent years learning to look after my own mental health and recovery from adverse experiences in childhood and adulthood. This doesn’t mean that I immediately understand all of my clients lives and their feelings, but I do share the common experience of seeking help and figuring out how to thrive in life, in spite of adversity.
How do I work?
My training was Integrative, meaning that I can draw from a variety of models, theories and practices to match the uniqueness of your situation. From a foundation of Humanistic principles, I mainly combine elements of Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Polyvagel theory in my client work. You can learn more about the types of therapy, and what they mean here.
I do not assume that the problems my clients face are just biological, or a problem of the self. Economic, social, political and relational environments also affect our mental health. I enable clients to explore their personal contexts, current and historical, so that they can increase awareness of their perceptions, reactions, and narratives to the world around them. It is through this exploration that an increased sense of choice, control, and change can emerge.
Our bodies, too, play an important role in feeling well. When we experience emotion, it is felt in our bodies. I can help clients to understand how their neurobiological systems can be regulated, through experiential practices and discussions. This helps people to regain a sense of control and empowerment over how they think, act and feel. I also hold an understanding of the effects of living with neurodiversities like dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD.
Ben Ford, MSc, MBACP
MSc Counselling with Distinction Bangor University
BACP Registered Member: 384607
BA Philosophy and English Language with First Class Honours Cardiff University
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training- 15hr
I am also part of a team who share therapeutic values and office spaces. We work together to achieve a thriving talking therapy practice.