"A man of my age doesn't open up very easily to strangers, but after the first session i felt like such a weight had been lifted from my shoulders."
"I was so nervous but phil really helped me to relax. he listened to me in a way that I have never been listened to before."
"Seeing phil gave me a better understanding of my situation and helped me see i was totally stressed, and angry at the whole wide world. now i have learned to relax and look at life differently."
"I think everyone should have counselling. it's changed my life in ways i never thought it could."
“Phil is warm, genuine and easy to talk to, and my sessions with him helped me both to cope with a stressful transition, and to make positive changes in my life. i wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Phil (in fact, I’ve already done so).”
"Phil appeared to be skilled in the two areas i was having problems with (coming to terms with my sexuality and substance misuse; these being linked). by the time i saw him, my problems had escalated to involve my employer and the police. phil helped me through the worst time of my life. he was professional, kind, non-judgemental and I enjoyed our sessions. he helped me understand myself better and helped me face the future with confidence. if any of my problems are what faces you, I doubt you could make a better choice."
"Before starting my sessions with phil i had attempted suicide, couldn’t get over the past and it was always effecting my life, friendships and relationship. i had reached the end of my road and not seeing any future. once I started my sessions i straight away was able to deal more with day to day activities and was close to stop going because i felt a little better but i kept going because i was still on my journey to what i was going to become and I am so glad I did, each sessions I learnt something new about myself and that I wasn’t as broken as i originally thought. by the end of my all my sessions my mood had lifted, i was happy and the wall at the end the road was torn down and now my life has a long road full of opportunities. the amazing thing is I haven’t changed any major things in my life but how i now think and deal with them. i can not thank Phil enough for not only giving me my life back but a reason to live."
"I had 6 sessions with phil recently... before counselling I felt totally overwhelmed. i made no sense of the experience I went through. phil is a very easy going guy, very easy to talk to, and non-judgemental during sessions. he made me see things in a clear and different light. i now feel so much better having counselling."
"Amazing counselling, always leads you to the outcome you know is there , helps you understand the changes you need to make even simple small ones , that help in so many ways , phil helped me find the light , and I'm never sitting in the dark again."
Charlotte Anderton, College Counsellor
"Phil has been my supervisor through my counselling training and subsequent counselling position in further education. phil is very supportive and professional. i feel that i can be honest about my work and areas that I feel need improvement or exploration without being judged. i leave our sessions feeling like I have moved forward, knowing what my best next step might be. phil is knowledgeable about the ethical framework and current legal issues and is happy to recommend where i might find information i need/might be relevant to my exploration. i am very happy to recommend him to other people as he has been invaluable to me."
Raghesa Shahid, Trainee Counsellor
"Phil has been a very supportive supervisor. i was extremely nervous to start seeing clients as i am a trainee counsellor but with the help of him i feel so much more confident. he is easy to talk to and very helpful and he also has been very flexible with his schedule. if I ever have issues with an appointment we have booked he will try his best to fit me in at a more convenient time."
Dee, Young people's Counsellor- Leeds
"Having attended training with phil, i would highly recommend it. phil showed great skill in presenting a challenging topic in a way that was accessible and highly engaging. the training was of high quality and phil's extensive experience and passion for what he does shone through. i'd say it was essential training for anyone working with young people."
Adele Gladman, Director Safeguarding Children Training and Consultancy Ltd
"Phil is passionate and knowledgeable about male sexual abuse and exploitation. he is an engaging trainer who holds the attention of all those present in the room throughout the duration of the course and his materials are of high quality. i always learn something new from him and would highly recommend him to others. as project coordinator for BLAST Yorkshire, he has made a significant difference to a large number of young men and their families, as well as increasing the skills and knowledge of professionals working with them."
Hannah Wilkinson, Emotional Well Being Worker, Temple Learning Academy
"As a busy professional it can be difficult to find the time to attend training, however this is one trainer who deserves your attention. phil's extensive knowledge and experience brought this training to life and his passion was unquestionable. all topics explored throughout training were engaging (gripping at times) and delivered through a variety of learning styles including opportunities to network with other professionals. this training encouraged me to re-assess best practice within my setting in order to ensure a more inclusive way of supporting males. Thank you Phil."
Susan Utting-Simon MBACP Snr Accred Counsellor
Psychotherapist & Supervisor, Chair of BACP Private Practice Division
"Phil is passionate and highly knowledgeable about male sexual abuse and exploitation. he is a skilled and engaging trainer, delivering information and increasing awareness around this sensitive topic in a manner which is accessible. his personal warmth and genuineness are key factors in making his training sessions so highly respected by the wide range of professionals who have attended. i regularly recommend his training to other professionals, as i believe it is an essential area of learning for all of us."
Emma Holmes, CEO – The Market Place
"Phil is an experienced practitioner and trainer and draws on his extensive work as a qualified counsellor, front line practitioner and service co-ordinator in the field of Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse to inform his practice. he will champion people’s rights and ensures that he keeps them central to the support and the services they are receiving. phil is a strong advocate for young people and ensures that their voice is heard on both an individual and collective level. his training is informed by real life examples and situations and Phil is an engaging and knowledgeable trainer. phil is passionate and driven about his work and always gives 100% in everything that he does."
Nola Ellen Education, Training and Consultancy
"Passion, expertise, practice based knowledge, personal experience, phil's training incorporates it all! his sessions are engaging and professionally delivered and they leave his audience feeling well informed and better equipped to understand and respond to the needs of boys and young men affected by grooming and CSE. he is a joy to work alongside and his training comes highly recommended."
Heather Corson, Community Safety Officer for South Ribble Borough Council
"Phil is a very engaging, informative and thought provoking trainer. i believe the feedback from delegates is the measure of the true effect and impact of training. feedback is always a repetition of adjectives such as fantastic, excellent, brilliant, which speaks volumes. the significance for me is the delegates declared enthusiasm to challenge attitudes of gender stereotype in regards to male victims of CSE, because without challenge there will be no change."
Julie Henry, Practice Tutor, Frontline
"Phil shared his expertise and knowledge at a regional learning event in the north east of England recently. if you have the opportunity to attend one of Phil’s training sessions I would absolutely encourage you to do so. this is an extremely challenging topic and phil manages to incorporate both his professional and personal experiences to create an excellent teaching and learning environment. phil has a unique delivery style which kept all in attendance engaged throughout the day. phil’s energy and passion shone through and the excellent feedback he received was a testament to his hard work and commitment to raising awareness of male sexual abuse and male sexual exploitation."
Lisa Robinson, CSE Coordinator – Bedfordshire
"Phil is an extremely knowledgeable & passionate speaker; the way he talks about his personal experience is engaging & informative. the feedback we received regarding Phil’s attendance at our conference was excellent, this show’s his dedication & commitment to raising awareness on CSE with Boys & young men as well as the impact this has on victims."
Catherine Warrener, RLSCB Quality Assurance, Rotherham Children
Safeguarding Board and Adult Safeguarding Board
"Phil’s extensive experience and passion for what he does shone through, which is reflected in how practitioners rated his presentation, as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. his authenticity is a key factor in making his presentation so highly respected by all those that have attended."
Catherine Bartholomew Vice Principal, Beauchamp College, Leicester
"I thought that the session was very helpful and made me aware of the gender bias that exists."
Tony Mannion, Leicestershire Police
"I attended Phil's session and wanted to say how brilliant it was. as a police officer with over 26yrs experience i know how slow we can be to recognise signs that we should be spotting. your honesty and openness struck a chord due to a family issue that i haven't managed to deal with yet but I'm now hopeful. thank you."
Claire Tompkins, CSE Communications Officer, Leicestershire Police
"Phil presented to a diverse audience of professionals from police, social services, education, probation and health. his presentation was extremely informative and engaging and he challenged everybody in the room to think about how gender-bias could affect decisions they make in their professional lives and how these should be re-considered in order to better safeguard boys and young men. i don’t hesitate to recommend phil – the style, content and delivery of his presentation are all excellent."
Rachel Austen, Intervention and Prevention Officer, Chorley Council
"I cannot recommend this training enough. it is powerful, emotive and brought to life by Phil’s delivery and enthusiasm’