Banish the Crows - the home of Jeremy Boughey’s counselling psychotherapy offering | Independent counselling psychotherapy, where the person will always be recognised as the sole focus and the most important element in the therapeutic process.
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About Banish The Crows –

‘A good thing happens here’

‘Banish the Crows’ is the home of Jeremy Boughey’s independent counselling psychotherapy offering in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.


At Banish the Crows the person will always be recognised as the sole focus and the most important element in the therapeutic process.


My commitment and passion for ‘good mental health for all’ is longstanding. Establishing Banish the Crows in 2017 is a personal highlight after a lengthy and credible career working in various organisations. My aspiration in creating Banish the Crows is to work directly for the person sitting in front of me, rather than through an organisation and their many protocols, policies, and procedures. I believe that by offering my help and skills in this way that there will be less hurdles and barriers to achieving what YOU, the client want and need.


I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP) and through this registration a therapist accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).  I work one-on-one with clients using a personal, relationally-based, or existential approach.  I also work with couples or jointly with individuals, for example two family members. Whilst I have ambition to develop Banish the Crows and the resources that it could offer, I instinctively want it to remain small and intimate, focused on achieving a credible, high-quality, personalised service.


In 2019 Lynne Harmon (MBACP) joined me at Banish the Crows as an Associate Counsellor Psychotherapist and whilst our work originates from the same place, and we promote the same, shared values for people, Lynne provides skilled expertise in psychodynamic psychotherapy and a strong track-record of working effectively with children and young people, as well as adults. She is also a registered Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist. EMDR is recognised as an effective psychotherapy treatment for people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD (c-PTSD) – a condition where people experience some symptoms of PTSD along with some additional symptoms, such as: difficulty controlling their emotions and feeling hostile or distrustful towards the world, due to repeated traumas in their life. Lynne and I met during our time working together at Keele University and we realised our shared vision in making high quality, client-focused psychotherapy available that is independent of public service provision.


Click here to learn more about Lynne Harmon.




Please click here for information about the reopening of Banish the Crows’ therapy space at St. James House, Longton from 8 July 2020.  This statement supersedes earlier communications published below and was most recently updated on 1 August 2020. In the interests of client and staff health and wellbeing during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in-person availability is strictly limited during the month of July and any further relaxing will be reviewed and publicised at the beginning of August 2020. We are continuing to offer telephone and video consultations for those who need or prefer this method of support, currently, and for existing and new clients who are currently unable to secure an in-person appointment.

Please click here for our  (earlier) public statement to existing and prospective clients about what Banish the Crows decided to do following the UK Government announcement about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) ‘state of emergency’ and social lockdown on 23 March 2020.

Click here for our (earlier) public statement issued on 17 March 2020 responding to the 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. This communiqué, which contained a statement of commitment and a series of Q&A’s, set out our position, at the time, to current and prospective clients.

Jeremy Boughey
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Jeremy Boughey Psychotherapist

Turning to support

Taking the step to ask for help, to make sense of things – to book to see a counsellor or psychotherapist, is a somewhat ‘big deal’.

We often turn to others who are independent of family and
friends when:
• Our problems feel overwhelming
• We cannot see a different or better future
• We have lost sight of who we are, what we want or need
• Meaning in our life is lost or obscured by our problems
• At times of thrown-ness by life events – past and present
• At times of change and in transition

My approach to therapy?

As an integrative psychotherapist I describe my grounded therapy style as existential. Existential theory operates from the belief that inner conflict within a person is due to that individual’s confrontation with the givens of their existence and their so-called ‘being-in-the-world’. In this sense, I believe that:

  • Life has meaning under all circumstances, even the most challenging and miserable ones.
  • Our main motivation for living is our will to find meaning in our life.
  • We have freedom to find meaning in what we do, and what we experience, or at the very least in the stance we take.
  • Sometimes we need guided help and support to address these concepts and to understand the guilt, suffering or exposure to death or the threat to our living that often shadows our ‘existential crisis’.


The way in which I think and work means that there are strong elements of a particular type of existential therapy incorporated into my style – this is called logotherapy and is concerned with finding and making meaning in our lives where we feel there is none; where meaning may have been lost, or life’s meaning is obscured by things that have happened to us. This regardless of age or stage of life.

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