NowCounselling is led by Sean Humphreys.
Sean has close to two decades of experience of working intensively with people, mainly in the voluntary sector in Scotland, with significant statutory sector partnership work experience. Sean has a wide variety of training delivery experience with individuals, groups and teams and has delivered presentations at conferences in Malta and Finland in recent years.
He also has experience of working collaboratively with colleagues working in the USA, Australia, Finland, England, Slovenia and Croatia. A specialist in personal development and continuous professional development for project workers, support workers, mentors, coaches, counsellors and counselling skills practitioners, and also for those working in other healthcare and education environments. His training and coaching experience also includes support with leadership in a working environment and sports psychology.
After graduating from Edinburgh University he began his career working in practitioner roles supporting adults with complex and varied support needs related to physical and mental health, including additional learning needs, before working in a service for adults who were homeless and contending with issues including drug dependency, all of whom had experienced childhood trauma in the form of physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect. Sean later worked in experiential learning based personal development both in the community and in an outdoor education setting in roles as an outreach worker, project co-ordinator and project manager providing specific services to clients who were involved in the criminal justice system, were care experienced or were adjusting to life after experience in the armed services. This included several years experience in the role of organisational Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Officer.
A counsellor since 2011 working with clients on a wide variety of presenting issues including managing stress, relationship conflict and bereavement and with over 700 hours of supervised practice as an Alcohol Counsellor in a COSCA and BACP member organisation. Sean has designed, written and delivered training on a wide variety of topics over recent years, further details in other sections of this website, and can also assess and analyse the training needs of your team or organisation as a consultant. He is a professional member of the European Association for Reality Therapy, William Glasser International and also a teaching faculty member of the William Glasser Institute in the UK which is the governing and accredited body for Choice Theory, Reality Therapy and Lead Management.
He is also trained and experienced in working with other methodologies including Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Person Centred Counselling as well as a variety of leadership methods and educational learning styles. As well as qualifications in counselling, counselling skills, coaching and training, Sean is also a Scottish Qualifications Authority Assessor and Verifier.