Damian Stoupe - The Grounded Counsellor

Qualifications

  • PhD (School of Education, University of Bristol)
  • MSc Counselling Research (University of Bristol)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling – Organisational Settings (University of Bristol)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods (University of Bristol)
  • BA (Hons) Economics and Management Studies (University of Leeds)

Diploma in Hypnotherapy (Hons); Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (merit), Cert. Solution-Focussed Therapy, Cert. Life Coaching, Cert Mediation Skills, and many personal and professional development workplace courses.

Professional Memberships

Experience:

  • 15 years counselling experience working with individuals and groups & 15 years industrial experience working in senior management positions I work with organisations of different sizes, helping them address behavioural issues with their employees and clients. For example, NHS trusts, universities, housing associations, charities and companies. I have also been a school governor at our local primary school.
  • I have published professional and academic articles, presented at national and international conferences, been interviewed on TV and radio, and been part of a professional panel for the Guardian newspaper discussing workplace bullying. (see Resources Page for details)
  • Previous national executive member of BACP Workplace.

Articles and Published work

Have a look at my profile on the academic website ‘Researchgate’

Workshops/`Presentations

Have a look at my profile on the academic website ‘Researchgate’

About Damian

Damian Stoupe
PhD, MSc, MNCS (Acc)

I wasn’t always an online counsellor. After completing my first degree in Economics and Manages Studies, I worked in the defence industry, working with airplanes, helicopters and submarines as a senior purchasing manager.

Having had the nomadic childhood of a Royal Navy child, I settled in Wells, Somerset, in 2001, and began work as a therapist in 2004. I initially trained as a hypnotherapist to earn a living while completing my general counselling and psychotherapy studies. In 2006, I qualified as a counsellor, and psychotherapist but decided to take a specialised workplace counselling course at the University of Bristol which provided me with a breadth of counselling approaches and techniques to apply in short-term settings (6-10 sessions).

Little did I know at the time that I would spend the next 10 years at the University of Bristol deepening my understanding of counselling and human behaviour by completing my MSc in Counselling Research and a PhD in learning and development.

I am an accredited counsellor with the National Counselling Society having previously been a member of the national executive board for BACP Workplace.

Counseling should be fun!

When clients are feeling depressed, anxious, uncertain, confused or nervous, fun is probably that last thing they are considering. And yet, fun is central to the therapeutic process.

My PhD study started out looking at why people engage in workplace bullying activities; however, the more I people I spoke to the clearer it became that bullying aims to silence and isolate people. But people had fun silencing people, Real fun, as found in counselling, and coaching, helps us to reconnect with ourselves and others while at the same time finding our voice.

We tend to associate fun with activities, events and people but what if fun is more about developing as a human person, emotionally, intellectually, personally and professionally? While fun can be a short-lived emotional reaction, I prefer to think of it as a long-term reaction that happens when we grow as human persons. When we stop living our lives for and through other people, when we learn to become ourselves. When we do what we love, it is fun. When we do what we love, we develop as human persons.

I do what I love. I love fun. However, fun in this sense, does not mean a momentary emotional high but watching people develop personally (emotionally and intellectually) and professionally. Experiencing the highs of watching people changing behaviours, beliefs and habits that have limited their life and relationships in so many ways is fun.

Fun is found when we are free to be ourselves: free of those things that constrain us. Free to live our life..

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