TONY PHILLIPS – the founder of ADYTUM COUNSELLING SERVICE
Tony Phillips (1946 – 2010) commenced his counselling work in 1996 working in various voluntary organisations whilst completing the Certificate and Diploma in Counselling at the University of Wales (Swansea) in 1997. Tony was an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Counselling Society. He was also registered on the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
His counselling work followed on from a successful career in retail management and marketing both as an employee and employer. Tony founded ADYTUM COUNSELLING SERVICE in 1996 to provide a totally confidential, safe, comfortable and caring environment to which people can bring those issues that are troubling them. Within his private practice, working in Swansea, Aberystwyth and Narberth, he worked with individuals, couples and groups of all ages, ranging from children and young people to adults, covering all issues from depression, stress, bereavement, relationship issues, trauma, low self esteem, sexual abuse and other issues which are totally unique to each individual.
He worked for some years with Victim Support in Swansea and was the coordinator of the Swansea Counselling Service for many years. He trained in many specialist areas including, rape, murder, domestic abuse and post traumatic stress.
Along with his wife Sue he was a specialist foster carer for many years, looking after difficult to place young people. This gave him a particularly good insight into some of the issues that young people face today. He also had three children of his own – two sons and a daughter.
ADYTUM COUNSELLING SERVICE started life in the Swansea area, and has gradually expanded as the service has become more well known and used by both our corporate and individual clients, who can now access the service via the internet and this website. We are now able to offer our services throughout Wales and parts of the West Midlands, the Welsh Border Counties and the West Country. ADYTUM now has about thirty Associate Counsellors who work throughout Wales and parts of England.
All of the counsellors associated with ADYTUM have access to well appointed, comfortable and usually private premises where clients can feel safe and secure. Our aim is to provide a safe space whatever the problem and offer a completely confidential and professional service, with experienced and professionally qualified therapists. As well as face to face counselling, we are also able to provide telephone counselling, if this is preferred
Whatever the unique needs of the individual or organisation we will work towards meeting them, through discussion and planning. Whether the sessions last for six weeks or longer we aim to provide a positive and lasting experience with a commitment to providing a complete and professional service.
Stress, bullying, divorce, trauma, addictions, depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, eating disorders, low self esteem, relationship issues or grief are some of the many issues that we deal with.
Our work is very much person / client centred, which encourages people to find their own solutions to their own issues. However a range of other approaches can be incorporated when appropriate. For instance, our work with children often uses elements of Art Therapy and Play Therapy. Counsellors are also trained in a range of other techniques which can be of benefit to the individual, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, etc.
As counsellors/psychotherapists we are members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and follow their code of ethics and practice. All counsellors are either accredited or are actively working towards accreditation.
The ethos of our counselling service is to enable people to access the right support for themselves, at an affordable cost, at the time when they need it most, so that they can reach their full potential in life.
ADYTUM COUNSELLING SERVICE is committed to ongoing training and support for those who work within the organisation.