Dinah Purton PG Dip. BSc, Relate Licensed, Registered MBACP (Accred), MBICA

Dinah Purton  PG Dip. BSc, Relate Licensed, Registered MBACP (Accred), MBICA

155a Leighton Rd
Kentish Town
London
NW5 2RD

Suite 9
18C High St
Battle
E Sussex
TN33 0AE

07410 758475

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155a Leighton Rd
Kentish Town
London
NW5 2RD

Suite 9
18C High St
Battle
E Sussex
TN33 0AE

07410 758475

About me

I am an integrative counsellor, psychotherapist and life coach offering friendly, professional, supportive and open-minded counselling and coaching to individuals and couples. I have 11 years experience specialising in relationships (I am licensed by Relate in the Battle area) and am a fertility counsellor at Care Fertility Tunbridge Wells offering support and implications counselling to couples undergoing fertility treatment.  I have experience in short term focussed work (I delivered NHS counselling for 4 years) which led to my training as a coach but I am equally committed to working in a long term, deeply psychotherapeutic way if that is appropriate.  With all clients, I draw on a wide range of approaches including systemic, solution-focused, CBT, person centred and coaching oriented ideas and techniques.

As a counsellor I have worked with a wide variety of private and Relate clients, been a secondary school counsellor, provided short term NHS counselling, worked with parents in a primary school, with homeless people looking to reconnect with their families and provided telephone CBT to survivors of road accidents. More recently I have undertaken training in teaching mindfulness skills and integrate this into counselling where it is helpful, and have been a fertility counsellor for the last two years. I aim to work as inclusively as possible and last year undertook training in LGBT+ Inclusion and Gender Dysphoria.

As a qualified life coach I can offer stand alone coaching or bring a coaching approach to counselling both individuals and couples which looks at making practical changes, clarifying goals and focussing on the positive.

I find change happens most effectively when counsellor and clients have a good relationship and hope to provide a safe, supportive place where you really feel you can share anything. I am not judgmental or prescriptive and aim to work in a way that best suits you as an individual or couple. I am constantly fascinated by the uniqueness of every person and every relationship and am passionately committed to helping you make things work in the best way possible.

Issues I have frequently dealt with include: Communication problems; Sex & Sexuality; Bereavement; Stress; Anxiety & Depression; Anger; Affairs; Work-related problems; Parenting & Step-parenting; Fertility issues including infertility and miscarriage; Self-esteem; Suicidal thoughts.

I also have specific training in counselling young people whose issues often include: Bullying; Drugs & alcohol; School; Family problems. As a coach I also often work with career decisions and major life changes.

Training, qualifications & experience

BACP Accreditation
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (University of East London - Distinction)
Advanced Diploma in Life Coaching (Learning Curve - Distinction)
Advanced Certificate in Systemic Practice with Families and Couples (Institute of Family Therapy - Merit)
Graduate Certificate in Couples Counselling (Relate / University of East London)
Qualification as a Relate Counsellor (Relate)
BSc (Hons) Psychology with Philosophy (2:1)

Specialised Relate training in :
Counselling Young People
Domestic Violence & Abuse
Mental Health
Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
"Sexually Speaking" - Awareness and practice with issues of sexuality
LGBT+ Inclusion
Gender Dysphoria

Other training:
Implications and Support counselling for fertility clients
Teaching Mindfulness Skills
Working with Men in a Fertility Setting

Member organisations

BACP

Fees

£40 individuals
£50 couples.

Maps & Directions

London, NW5 2RD
Battle, TN33 0AE

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

Weekdays and evenings

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme