Simon Ward Therapeutic Counselling

Counselling in Crawley, Horley, Horsham & East Grinstead

Caring - Professional - Confidential

Welcome, and thank you for visiting my website.

Hello, my name is Simon Ward

I’m a accredited British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) therapist and have been described as calm and down-to-earth by my clients.

However, I don't just "sit there", I am pro-active in offering interpretations, thoughts and ideas as the client's journey unfolds. I welcome adults of all ages, gender, ethnicity, culture, disability, belief or sexual orientation.


I have had a long career prior to training as a counsellor starting in the military, then in public service in various roles up to senior management level, including mental health liaison work.

I've also worked / volunteered for a number of organisations in emotional support roles including NHS, Carer's Support West Sussex and Olive Tree Cancer Support.

How I work

I am trained in the integrative model which includes Person-Centred, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches.

I also have a leaning towards third wave CBT (Acceptance and Commitment therapy) where therapy and a more spiritual side of us can sometimes meet.

I may also include Humanistic Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Existential Therapy, Integrative, and Mindfulness approaches in our sessions.

My approach

I believe that un-hooking from repetitive thoughts, connecting to our inner sensations, acceptance and accessing the present moment can bring profound changes.

Also looking at the past, often through the lens of the client's thoughts and feelings in the present moment, will often lead to personal insight and deeper self-awareness.

However, my approach will adapt to what aspects of life you as the client would like to explore and what you would like to gain from therapy.

Qualifications and training

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • BSc (Hons) PPS (University of Portsmouth)
  • Level 2 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (APT Accredited)
  • Certificate in Trauma-Focused Therapy
  • Certificate in Working with Addiction
  • Certificate counselling skills
  • Transactional Analysis (TA101)
  • Diploma in Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
  • Dip. HE Combined Studies (University of Surrey)
  • Safeguarding adults and children
  • Enhanced DBS

How can counselling help you?

Life brings many challenges, and it is understandable that at times we might look for support in facing them. As a counsellor my role is to provide space and guidance to help you on your journey of self-discovery; to enable you to examine your life and make new, meaningful choices within it.


I offer a chance to reflect on the difficulties or problems you are experiencing in a safe and confidential environment, with someone from outside your day-to-day life. Together we can explore your situation in a way that leads to fresh perspectives - and perhaps a new understanding of yourself. Counselling isn’t about giving you solutions or advice, but empowering you to make your own changes.

What issues can counselling help with?

People come to me for help with a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties:

Feelings of stress or anxiety

Panic attacks

Relationship problems

Grief, loss or bereavement

Problems with addiction

Trauma and post-traumatic stress

Depression

Problems with confidence or self-esteem

Anger management

Issues relating to sexuality

Difficulties at work or in retirement

Problems with family or school life

Sessions

I work on the basis of an initial six sessions, at the end of which you may decide you've got what you need, or we may agree to continue with further sessions.

You are not "tied in" to any set number of sessions, but it is good therapeutically if we work towards an agreed number of sessions.

Fees

Each session lasts 50 minutes and I currently charge £40 per session.

In-person, online or phone counselling are all available. In-person sessions are held at my practice room, based at my home address in Crawley. I see clients from Crawley, Horley, Horsham and the wider East Grinstead areas.

Availability

  • Tuesday: 8am to 4pm
  • Wednesday: 8am to 4pm
  • Thursday: 8am to 4pm
  • Saturday: 8am to 11am

Please contact me to enquire about availability outside of these hours.

Get in touch

I offer a free no obligation phone /zoom consultation to see if you'd like to book your first session. This will last about 20 minutes and 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 +44 7557301331. 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.

Frequently asked questions

What's the difference between counselling and therapy?

Counselling typically focuses on addressing specific issues or problems in a person's life, often in a shorter-term, solution-focused manner.

Therapy, on the other hand, tends to delve deeper into the underlying causes of psychological issues and may involve longer-term exploration and treatment of emotional and mental health concerns.

Will everything I say be kept confidential?

Everything that is said within the counselling room is private – this is one of the main ways counselling and therapy differ from talking to a friend or relative. Once you are comfortable with the format of weekly sessions and the safe space they provide, you will find the freedom to speak in confidence is of great value.

Please note that there are some situations where you may be a risk to yourself or others, and in these instances, the law requires that I notify an authority. Therefore, I may not be able to keep total confidentiality. Breaking confidentiality is very rare, though, and only occurs after informing the person concerned.

How long will I need to have counselling?

The duration of counselling varies from person to person and depends on the depth of the issues they are facing. For some, a couple of sessions suffice to bring their problems into focus, and they feel ready to move forward; however, other issues may require a more open-ended approach.

Before commencing our work, we will agree on the number of sessions we'll undertake, and upon reaching that agreed-upon number, we'll review our progress. If we both agree that further therapy will be beneficial for you, sessions can continue.

How long will I have to wait for an appointment?

My aim is to offer a first appointment – known as an initial assessment – within 1-2 weeks. Following that, we would arrange a set number of counselling sessions to occur at the same time every week, at a time that is convenient for you and where I have availability. The start time of these sessions will depend on the availability of an open slot.

You may not know it, but you’ve already taken the first step...

It can be scary and confusing making the decision to contact a counsellor or therapist, but in my experience people will struggle with a mental health issue, a personal crisis or problems with a relationship for much longer than is healthy. Sometimes a friend has proved a source of comfort, but this help can only go so far. Realising that resolving a problem requires something more means you have actually already taken the first step towards improving your life.

How I see it...

I have worked as a counsellor for a number of years now, and have come to believe that unless someone wants to change and has the desire to ‘put in the yards’ and undertake the work, counselling will likely be of limited value. The skill of a counsellor is in helping people to help themselves... the person coming to therapy has to want that help, and be prepared to act on it.

Your journey begins here...

Seeing a therapist is not a passive act; it isn’t like visiting the doctor to be measured, assessed and treated. You don’t come away after one appointment with a pill to take and the responsibility ends there. Counselling and therapy are journeys with a guide through a familiar but somehow unusual land; they can be rewarding, sometimes confusing and often revelatory... what they aren’t is passive!