SimonI am a senior-accredited practitioner and professional member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and Iíve been working in the field of counselling and therapy for over 25 years.  I trained at Newcastle University and the College of Ripon & York St John (Leeds University), being awarded a Masters in Counselling with distinction.  Post training I studied transactional analysis for a year, as well as relationship counselling with Joseph Zinker.  While working in the NHS I attended in-service mental health-related courses, together with training in post-traumatic stress and critical incident de-briefing.

As well as working with the Samaritans, I have worked professionally as a counsellor, in drug and alcohol intervention services, primary and secondary care in the NHS, and have maintained a regular private caseload of counselling and supervision.

As a trainer I developed and managed a range of counselling courses at Carlisle College, including an accredited diploma course.  I was privileged to assist many to develop in the profession of psychological helping using an approach which allowed for individuality and personal growth.  The person-centred trainer, like the person-centred counsellor or psychotherapist, is as much a companion on a shared journey as s/he is a guide pointing out the way.  To hold this belief with humility is all-important for the therapist.

Coming to France, I wanted to create a place for therapeutic rest and change, which echoed the philosophy of RD Laing and was grounded in the insights of Carl Rogers and Martin Buber.  I believe that we have achieved that at Le Sentier Tranquille.


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For counselling or supervision online telephone in-house, or for individual and group retreats: 
from UK tel 0844 232 4341 (3p per minute), in France tel  05 61 01 52 08 
or email : simon.cole.france@icloud.com
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