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Ours is a person-centred approach that enables acceptance through compassion

 

 
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We are a team of thoughtful listeners and clear communicators who believe that there isn’t a single path to healing; that slowing down is better than speeding up; and that a life of less often yields more.

We are united in our commitment to offering a quality service to all our clients and work together because we understand that as a group we can support each other in offering you more.
 

 

Lifetime Therapists

 
 

Malachy Dunne
Founder, Therapist

Clayton Elliott
Therapist

Helen Richards
Therapist

David Beaney
Therapist

Louise Turvey
Therapist

 
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Malachy Dunne


 
 
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Honesty  ·  Acceptance  ·  Empathy

I have been working as a Counsellor for more than ten years and have been privileged to witness incredible growth in clients, many of whom had given up on the idea of self-acceptance. My work aligns with a humanistic, or person centred, approach and is based in compassion; both for self and others and, through compassion, helping people bring peace to their lives.

Before becoming a counsellor, I lived in London for twenty years and ran a successful landscaping and garden centre business. I was lucky to work in some wonderful locations including the Chelsea Flower Show and the Peace garden at the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth. There are parallels between tending to the needs of plants and people and I believe passionately in the power of both to flourish, given the right conditions. I moved to Cornwall to find a quieter place to bring up my two young children. Outside of counselling, I love the sea, and try to get in it as often as I can. 
 

Humanistic counselling predicates in the belief that we all, given the right conditions, have an infinite capacity to heal and grow. These conditions: honesty, acceptance and empathy, offered skilfully by a trained therapist, will form the basis for change and healing. Whilst it can be most effective in helping individuals deal with many issues including addictions, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, bereavement, and abuse of any kind (whether historic or current), the humanistic approach does not offer quick fixes and can be incredibly powerful in enabling lasting change.

At Lifetime Therapy I am a Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor and Group Enabler. I have also lectured in Counselling and Supervision. I am an accredited and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework.

Qualifications ·  BA (Hons), PGCE, RegMBACP (Accred), Dip Couns Cert Supervision(level 6)

Clayton Elliott


Self-Awareness in a Safe Space

My counselling style is rooted in the Person-Centred Approach. I start with the belief that, with the right support, we all have the ability to move towards a more fulfilling and satisfying way of being and living our lives.  As the Counsellor, my role is helping you develop a greater sense of self-awareness in a safe space.

Although my core training is in the Person-Centred Approach, I have a keen interest in other approaches, including mindfulness, outdoor-therapy and existential therapy. I have experience of working with a wide range of issues, including anxiety and stress, bereavement, relationship problems, self-esteem, abuse, addiction and others. I also work in a variety of ways including Remote Counselling, intensive therapy weekends and ‘walk-and-talk’ approaches. 


 

 

Beyond the counselling room, I am a father, musician and writer.  I have worked and volunteered for environmental and social organisations for most of my adult life and am the Founder and Chief Executive of the charity ‘Counselling for Social Change’.

I am here to offer you a safe, non-judgmental and confidential space to explore your feelings, personal relationships, or simply to provide an opportunity to deepen your self-understanding.

I am fully insured and work to the BACP's Ethical Framework.

Qualifications  ·   BA Sociology and Writing (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia), Registered Member MBACP (Accred)

Helen Richards


Tenderness  ·  Warmth  ·  Professionalism

I work within a Person-Centred Approach. I believe that everyone has the potential to grow and change when given compassion and understanding to feel safe, heard and accepted.  

“When I accept myself as I am, then I change.”
Carl Rogers

After qualifying as a Counsellor I joined Jigsaw, which is part of Cornwall Council's Psychology Team, working with young people and their parents.  This work is Trauma focussed and incorporates Attachment Theory (the relationships we make with our significant childhood care givers).

I work for CRASAC and have trained with Waves in Domestic Violence. 


 

I am a Foster Carer with 20 years of experience in the care system. I specialise in preparing children for adoption, but currently have no young people living with me.

I have five children, four boys and a girl and am part of a dog sharing scheme. I enjoy getting out into the world with the dogs and my children.

My experience is with children from baby to adults, exploring a range of issues including:-Abuse, Relationship difficulties, Depression, Childhood/ Adult Trauma, Bereavement/Grief/Loss and others.

I offer a compassionate, non-judgmental, safe space for you.

Qualifications  ·   BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling, level 6 Supervision qualification, NLP certificate, Registered Member MBACP

David Beaney


Communication  ·  Acceptance  ·  Originality

Since qualification much of my work has been with young people, generally in schools. I have worked as school counsellor at St. Ives School and am currently in post at Humphrey Davy School in Penzance.

My aim is to offer a listening accepting and supportive space to young people and although my integrative approach incorporates considerable aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, it is offered in a person-centred framework, allowing my clients to dictate the pace and intensity of sessions.

In the confusing world that our young people encounter they face many challenges.

I have worked to support young individuals with stress, often around exams, anxiety and the distress of witnessing relationship breakdown.

I am myself a father to two young children and when not working enjoy spending time in the outdoors with them. I am also a keen motor scooter enthusiast.

Qualifications  ·  Level 2 , 3 and level 4 in Therapeutic Counselling, Registered Member MBACP

Louise Turvey


Uniqueness  ·  Relational  ·  Connection

My therapeutic approach rests upon the humanistic value base of understanding your unique experience in the world, a focus on wellness and how we can work together to support understanding, growth and change. 

I principally work from an integrative position, offering a range of psychological interventions including brief intervention and longer-term therapy. I have a 20-year history across the NHS and the private sector including Drug & Alcohol Services, Eating Disorder Service, Primary Care counselling and Young People's counselling services. This has given me a rich experience in supporting people at different life stages and across different forms of psychological distress.

 


 

Upon accreditation with the BACP as a psychotherapist, I completed training with Relate in relationship therapy.

I am a parent to an adult son and enjoy being outside in the natural elements and exploring new places. I am an active runner and usually found running the many wonderful trails of Cornwall. 

Qualifications  ·  BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc Counselling Psychology, MA Relationship Therapy, Registered member MBACP (Accred.), Registered member BPS, Qualification in Counselling Psychology

 

Work with us


Therapist

Lifetime Therapy was founded by Malachy Dunne to provide a space for therapists and counsellors who share core values of compassion,  acceptance and belief in the limitless potential of individuals to heal.  Lifetime is now growing and evolving to welcome new practitioners in the belief that as a group we can support each other in offering more.

If you share our values, have a deep commitment to offering a consistently high quality service to clients, and feel inspired by the prospect of working with an exciting new practice we would be delighted to hear from you.

Qualifications

  • Qualified to diploma standard

  • Member of relevant professional body

  • Holding professional indemnity and public liability insurance


Intern

Our internships will contribute to your training as a professional. As a valued member of our team we will want you to commit to four client hours per week. In return, you will receive 1.5 hours per month clinical supervision and 1 hour per month line management. Other training will be available with access at reduced cost to Lifetime courses. A contribution to your travel costs will also be available.

Requirements

You will be working towards a qualification and will be passed as ready to practice by your learning establishment.


 
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