Dr Damian Stoupe
Member Status: Accredited
Member No: NCS15-02028
Who Am I...?
I am a counsellor and coach based in Wells, Somerset. I completed my PhD at the University of Bristol exploring how fun can be used to help us develop emotionally, intellectually, personally, and professionally. I also hold an MSc in counselling research and my advanced counselling training gained me an Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling in Workplace Settings and helped me develop a personal model of counselling that is suited to working with clients in time constrained settings, which really means providing effective short-term (about six-ten weeks) counselling.
What My Clients Say About My Approach To Counselling…
My clients generally describe me as being engaged, challenging, empathic and practical. Their description reflects my belief that a counselling should embrace not just what we know but what we do, collaborating with each other to help you find a way out of your current difficulties or to develop mental fitness.
Over the course of my counselling training, I have developed an understanding of many different approaches to counselling and adapt my approach to each client’s unique needs rather than expecting the client to change to suit my counselling approach. My main approach is based upon a four-stage cycle:
Experiences -> Reflection -> Understanding -> Action
While I respect your autonomy, it is not uncommon for me to offer feedback on the practical and emotional choices you are making. I work best with clients (individuals and couples) who are willing to be experiment with new behaviours and outlooks.
How I Approach Therapy…
As a counsellor, I am skilled at working with individuals who are managing challenges that accompany life’s transitions and difficult decisions. While I specialise in dealing with conflict in a its forms (such as workplace bullying, domestic abuse, marriage breakdowns, anger management) I do offer wider counselling support for issues such as depression, anxiety, loneliness and any other issues that are impacting your mental health and daily life. I have a focus on providing counselling for men.
I work with both private clients (individually or as couples) and a wide range of organisations both as a counsellor and a consultant.
Making a choice to work with a counsellor and improve your mental health is not easy but it is rewarding and worthwhile. I aim to make you feel as safe and comfortable as possible while we work together towards your goals and rediscover the meaning of fun in your life.
From the start I will try and make the process as easy as possible. Either give me a call or drop me an email using the links provided. Once we have made contact we can agree a time to have an initial chat, for about 15 mins, about what you want from counselling and how I might be able to help you (this can be done over the phone or through the secure, encrypted video conferencing platform (doxy.me) that I use. At the end of this session I will suggest that you take a day or so to think over what was said and decide if you want to continue seeing me as your counsellor. If you do, then we can arrange another hour-long session and begin our work together.
- Qualifications & ExperiencePhD (University of Bristol)
MSc Counselling (University of Bristol)
Postgraduate Diploma Counselling in Organisational Settings
Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods
Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Diploma in Hypnotherapy
- What I can help with
- Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
- Ageing and related issues
- Anger Management
- Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
- Divorce & Separation
- Generally unhappy with your life
- Job interviews
- Self-defeating behaviours
- Shyness / Social Phobia
- Violence / Victim support
- Languages Spoken