Phil Haigh is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). As a counsellor and member of the BACP, Haigh is committed to working within a code of professional ethics.
He grew up in Leeds, UK and aside from a year spent in Canada, has spent the rest of his life living and working in the UK both in the private and public sectors. It was during this time that it occurred to him that what he most enjoyed in previous roles was helping people. As a result he resolved to find a role which would enable me to be more involved in helping others.
As someone who has previously struggled with stress, anxiety and panic attacks, Haigh understands just how frightening and exhausting life can feel when one is struggling. At times even a walk to the local shop or picking up the phone can seem like a superhuman effort. Often we find our own coping mechanisms work in the short-term but then lead us to bigger problems, until we risk a crisis or seek support. Knowing this from experience, he felt compelled to better understand and support others in learning to break free from this cycle and move forwards.
After a short introductory course in Counselling to see what it was all about, he quickly established a desire to learn more. Haigh became fascinated with psychology, philosophy, and how we all deal with the complications of every day life.
He went on to study Counselling at Huddersfield University, followed by a Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at Calderdale College in Halifax, during which he trained in the Person-Centred Approach. His training included a voluntary placement at St Vincent’s, a holistic charity, counselling people from some the most deprived areas of Leeds through a variety of issues. He has found this work so personally rewarding that he has continued to volunteer on a weekly basis at St Vincent’s ever since.
Building on his initial training, Haigh was interested in broadening his understanding of the issues that blight human lives and ways of working with them. To expand his knowledge, Haigh undertook further study at Leeds Metropolitan University, completing a BSc in Therapeutic Counselling. He remain passionate about learning and continue to develop himself both professionally and personally. He also attends regular supervision sessions to ensure he continues to offer the best service possible.
Haigh is a lover of books and enjoy reading the latest books in psychology and research in the field, while remembering that the most important element in any counselling session is the client. Haigh is not a fan of jargon or academic language where unnecessary and for that reason he tries both in my writing and in person to avoid using any confusing psychological jargons.
If you would like to speak to him or make a low-cost appointment to see how you feel about counselling, don’t hesitate to contact him. You may also find his FAQ or Case Studies page helpful. You can also follow him on Twitter
@CounsellorPhil. He looks forward to being a part of your journey.
Credits to Counselling in Leeds.
Published: 19 April 2014
Last update:23 April 2015