Tony Hardy MBACP, Registered Counsellor
I qualified with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from Coleg Gwent and, prior to founding shine counselling, I completed over 200 client hours as a volunteer counsellor with a cognitive assistance programme and a mental health charity.
I have worked successfully with male and female clients aged from 17 to 75, presenting with depression, anxiety, stress, loss, low confidence and self-esteem, eating disorders, trauma, anger issues, and survivors of domestic abuse and childhood sexual abuse.
I studied Systemic Theory and Practice (family therapy) at the University of Bath and have just been awarded a Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of South Wales in Newport.
I have regularly attended training events in areas as diverse as Online Counselling, Suicide Intervention, Domestic Abuse, Child Abuse, Couples Counselling, Eating Disorders, Creative Writing in the Therapeutic Encounter, Emotional Freedom Therapy, Mindfulness and Chanting for Inner Peace.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Like many counsellors, I have been on my own journey from a dark place to where I am today. Counselling was fundamental to my own recovery. It allowed me to discover the real me, to believe in myself and my own abilities, and to realise my full potential: it allowed me to shine. I draw upon my own experience where it is appropriate to my clients. I help them rediscover the strengths and resources that they have, that we all have, and I help them create a future for themselves where they too can shine.