My name is Alan Vann, and I'm a Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor. I'm a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

My experiences of working with mental health started in my role as a youth worker, running projects to support young people into employment. I also have experience of delivering both individual and group therapeutic interventions within schools and children's centres. I've worked with some of the harder to engage children and young people, and their families, in and around Staffordshire.

Since 2009, I've worked for a national mental health charity with adults, and children and young people to support them with such issues as anxiety, depression, employment concerns, and low self-esteem.

I specialise in helping people explore and challenge their anxieties

Early life experiences can leave us fearful of trying new things in case we're ridiculed or judged.

I've worked with many individuals (adults and young people) whose anxieties have often held them back, caused frustration, and sometimes led to unhelpful ways of coping.

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The male perspective of mental health

I appreciate how difficult it can be for young or adult males to reach out for support as I've struggled with this myself. You may have been told you "should be strong" or that to show your emotions is sign of "weakness". The reality is that these views stem from society's expectations of men, but that's all they are - views - and we don't have to conform to them.

Counselling is a safe place where you can express your emotions without judgment. Being vulnerable can be scary, but it can also be liberating. As a male who found it difficult to talk about my problems, counselling helped me to let my guard down and "made it okay" to talk about how I felt.

My qualifications

  • Certificate in Supervision
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling Studies
  • Graduate Diploma Counselling
  • Foundation skills in Counselling
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