Dr. Hall has worked as a counsellor for over thirty years within a variety of settings. Namely universities, the NHS, the third sector, mental health services, Rampton Hospital, and private practice. Before training as a counsellor, he worked as a telephone engineer for a well-known telecoms company.
For over thirty years he has been a local, national, and international leader for a large third sector charity. In various roles of leadership, he has provided supervision, evaluation and strategic planning and leadership training.
A registered member of the British Association for counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and he adheres to the standards of the BACP ethical framework.
His strapline, which he takes seriously, is that, “Working with people’s pain, develop trust so they can recover and heal.” In doing so, he is committed in the ongoing development of people in an age when we are bombarded with how we should be and how we should look. Additionally, we live in a time of quick fixes and results, instant solutions, rapid turnarounds, and profitable outcomes. While such ideas have their place, in my view, human beings are far more complex where instant remedies do not always work.
He is committed to the whole well-being of people and has been involved in various projects both local and nationally that have focused on improving the mental wellbeing of minority groups.
Dr. Hall has a doctorate in Pastoral Care and a Masters in Pastoral studies, both qualifications include counselling and psychological knowledge which has complemented my other counselling qualifications.
Alongside being a part-time employment at Sheffield Hallam University and private practice, I am also the club chaplain for Sheffield United Football Club.
Dr. Hall’s main areas of focus are dealing with loss and grief, depression, anxiety, clergy stress and developing self-love.
Loss and Grief – Dealing with loss and grief is a universal experience. It has been accurately said that, “Grief is universal, but it also personal.” He creates the space, so individuals can talk about how their loss is affecting them. Providing a number of strategies that help people through the grieving process, but what the strategies will not do is to take away the often messiness of adjusting to the loss of someone or something that was important to you.
Anxiety and depression – His approach to depression and anxiety is understanding it as your body and mind trying to convey a message to you that there are aspects of our life that requires some attention. He works with depression and anxiety as a form of communication that needs expressing and being listened to.
Clergy Stress – Having been involved as a clergy person for over thirty years Dr. Hall is acutely aware of the pressures accompanying ministry in the twenty-first century and the common personality types of clergy people who tend to people who will simply continue pressing on without giving due regard or care to their wellbeing. He works with clergy to take an honest appraisal of how they living their lives.
Self-Love – One of the most underestimated aspects of our humanity is the need for self-love. Not the narcissistic type of love, which is self-centred and self-absorbing, but a love which takes care of who you where you can develop healthy boundaries for your life without feeling guilty.
His Counselling Approach – Dr. Hall understands counselling as having a conversation to help the person express who they are and what appears to be bothering them.
Psycho-dynamically trained, which means he is interested in a person’s life history and what events have occurred in their lives that has shaped them into the person they are today. One’s past to be important it does not mean that it will determine how the rest of life is lived.
Using solution focused methods which focuses on people’s strength and offers insight as to what they need to do to live a more fulfilling future.
Another method, which many people find surprisingly empowering is, journaling or therapeutic writing. There has been significant research, exploring the impact of writing, journaling, creative or therapeutic writing on the lives of people and has demonstrated that it reduces levels of anxiety, blood pressure, aids recovery in operations, reduces anxiety around IBS, enables many to deal with traumatic life events more effectively and other potentially life threatening events.
Counselling can be the start of a dynamic process where individuals can begin, possibly for the first time in their lives, to work with issues that have bothered them for a long time. Counselling, as seen by others as a weakness, is in fact, a courageous step in acknowledging that something needs your attention.
“The more we have these conversations, the more these conversations can be had.” ~ Alison Jaye