Lester Chern MBACP (Accred)
16 Hillersdon Avenue
07973 803 592
My core approach to counselling is the Person- Centred approach first formulated by the American psychologist, Carl Rogers. I have practised as a counsellor since 2001 and as a Clinical Counseling Supervisor since 2009. What does this theory mean to you in a practice?
I can offer you a warm, genuine, accepting and non-judgemental relationship. I work according to your pace and your needs and my hope is to enable you give voice to your pain and distress. I believe that every human being is a unique individual. Each person has their own perspective on their experiences from birth onwards. "One size does not fit all"! It is my task to try to understand you from your perspective and to enable you to make sense of whatever it is that is troubling you. I do not try to interpret you from my perspective or sit in total silence throughout your session.
I understand that it can take a great deal of courage to make that first call.
Together we can explore what issues have bought you to counselling.
I have long experience of counselling clients on a range of issues including abuse of various types, relationship difficulties, family conflict, bereavement and loss, unemployment, depression, anxiety, low self esteem and addictions.
Both in my counselling and supervision work, I work using my extensive experience and knowledge with whatever is helpful to you.
I have long experience of working with people of all ages,(11 years upwards) creeds, nationalities and sexual preferences.
Counselling can be shorter(6-12 sessions) or longer term according to your needs or preferences.
I practice from a purpose built therapy room in a quiet residential road. Edgware tube station is 15 minutes walk away. You can also take both the 107 or 142 bus from the station. The road also has unrestricted and free parking.
I am both BACP Accredited and Registered
I have professional liability insurance.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Person Centred Counselling 2003
Diploma in Integrative Supervision 2010
Certificate in Play Therapy Skills 2009
Primary Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2009
Certificate in Introduction to Transactional Analysis 2016
MBACP (Accred) (Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
In addition to my private counselling practice, I'm currently employed by the London Fire Brigade as a Staff Counsellor. I'm part of a small team who provide sessions to any member of staff employed by by the Brigade.
In addition to enabling clients to process traumatic incidents I also provide support to people struggling with many other issues too.
Until recently, I worked as part of a specialist team at Reflections Therapy Services. We worked holistically with clients affected by childhood trauma, addictions and relationship difficulties.
My past counselling experiences include working at an NHS sponsored IAPT "Complex Grief "counselling service. I provided therapy to clients who were the close relatives of people who had died suddenly or unnaturally.
I also worked as a young person's counsellor at Signpost Counselling Agency for almost 10 years and as a school counsellor at an inner city academy.
I was also the Substance Misuse Worker for almost five years at a Hertfordshire -based Youth Offending Team.
In addition, I am a qualified counselling supervisor. I currently clinically supervise the work of individual counsellors at differing levels of training and experience.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Relationship issues
£50 per full hour daytimes
£55 per full hour evenings
£60 per full hour Saturdays
Consessionary rates offered for counselling students and those on benefits.
If further information is required please contact me via email or phone. All in strictest confidence.
I can also offer telephone counselling via a landline or on Skype.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Mon, Tues and Thursday evenings. Thurs and Friday daytimes. Saturday mornings to 1pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am an Integratively trained Supervisor and a Person-Centred counsellor.View supervision profile