Jon Edge, MSc, MA, BEd Hons, MBACP, UKCP Registered
Rushey Green Catford
I have been running a successful private practice as a counsellor for over 30 years. Here are a few details about myself and my way of working, which I hope will be helpful to you. Deciding on a therapist is perhaps more difficult than ever now, since there are so many therapists and so many different kinds of therapy.
The Training, Qualifications and Experience section below will give you a good idea of the extent and depth of my experience, and the level of my training. These details are extremely important for some clients and if that is so for you, then please take a little time to read that section of my profile too. I am proud of my training and achievements to date, but these facts can't tell you what it feels like to talk to me, spend time in a room with me, or what my personal style of working is like. I have worked as a psychotherapist in a general hospital, my other specialism is providing counselling to people with acute and chronic medical conditions or health-related issues.
Warmth, empathy, acceptance, genuineness, down-to-earthness, compassion, confidence, humility and creative intelligence are the essential qualities of a therapist, in my opinion. I could not do this difficult and wonderfully rewarding work if I felt I lacked them - I would have to earn a living doing something else. I know about the importance of these qualities from both sides of the fence, so to speak - as someone who looked for them (and found them) in a therapist when I needed one (many years ago now) and as someone who has been developing these qualities in myself on a daily basis ever since.
I have really strong feelings about the importance of providing the qualities mentioned above as 'nutrients' of the therapeutic relationship, partly because they help to build the alliance with my clients so that the work can get going, but also because they are good in themselves, regardless of whether the contact between two people is a short or an extended one.
Most people who seek out a therapist, do so because they have suffered from failures and disappointments in relationships where some or all of these crucial qualities are absent or in short supply. Actually, sometimes it is the client who, in their daily lives, cannot show these particular qualities. Or they have become exhausted trying to provide them for other people. This can cause real problems in their relationships and can damage their own self-esteem, self-confidence and general well being.
All research shows that it is the relationship between the client and the therapist that makes the difference in therapy. Not just a difference in the outcome (of course you want a good outcome - to feel better about yourself, to enjoy life more, and so on) but the difference the relationship makes to the process. Even a short therapy should be a positive and affirming experience. It is not enough to just hope that, in spite of everything, one day you will feel better. I really feel very strongly about the importance of client and therapist working together in a way that takes account of the client's need to feel safe, supported, recognised as unique, given honest feedback and helped to deepen and enrich the relationship that matters most of all - the one with themselves!
If you would like to think a little more about whether I can help you, then please call or email me. I have a website: it specifically promotes my interest in therapy with people working in media and the creative arts industries. Whether you do or you don't work in that sector, you may find it useful.
I have four London work locations: SE6 (near Lewisham Hospital), SE1 (Waterloo/Southwark tube station), Hayes in Kent near Bromley and W1 Harley Street. I try to meet with clients where it is most convenient, although this will depend on my current work schedule.
Training, qualifications & experience
UKCP Registered psychotherapist
BACP Registered counsellor
Full Professional Member of the Guild of Psychotherapists
Full professional Member of the College of Psychoanalysts
M.Sc in Psychodynamic Counselling (Birkbeck College, London University)
Diploma in Student Counselling (Birkbeck College)
B.Sc Hons Psychology Goldsmiths College, University of London 1980-2
Principal Adult Psychotherapist, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (2002-11)
University Counsellor at the University of Essex 1988 - 1991
Lecturer in psychology and psycho-social studies, City University (1996-2006)
Tutor in Counselling, Birkbeck College (1988-2005)
Tutor in Counselling Mary Ward Centre (2006-2008)
M.A. in English (Goldsmiths' College, London University) 1982
B.Ed. Hons (Institute of Education, London) First Class/Distinction in teaching practice, 1976
34 years' experience of running my own successful private practice
30 years' experience as a supervisor for qualified and trainee counsellors and psychotherapist
Current clinical supervisor in the Epilepsy Department at Kings College Hospital, London
Founding Director of Psychotherapy for Heathcare Limited; I am a psychotherapist and trainer for this unique company which provides a range of training and clinical services to the NHS and other healthcare providers. www.psychotherapyforhealthcare.co.uk
Counselling for Creative Professionals: www.counsellingforcreativeprofessionals.net
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The following gives an indication of the kind of clients and presenting issues with which I have substantial experience and expertise.
- counselling and psychotherapy for professionals or trainees in the creative arts industries
- counselling and psychotherapy for people with acute or chronic health conditions
- counselling for couples
- counselling for relationship issues
- counselling for anxiety
- psychotherapy for survivors of abuse
- counselling and psychotherapy for depression
Assessment for counselling/psychotherapy: £65 (seventy five-minute session)
Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy sessions: £50 - £65 (fifty-minute sessions)
Couples Counselling: £65 (sixty-minute session)
Clinical supervision fee : £50 (fifty-minute sessions)
Counselling Tuition: Individuals: £40 (sixty-minute meeting). Paired or small group fees by arrangement.
I have four locations for my private practice: London SE1, SE6, BR2 (Hayes) and W1. Tell me which is most convenient for you.
- SE6 Practice: close to Lewisham Hospital. Nearest Mainline stations Catford, Catford Bridge and Ladywell mainline stations or short bus journey from mainline and DLR Lewisham stations.
- SE1 Practice: Mainline stations Waterloo and Waterloo East (5 minute walk). Underground station: Southwark, Jubilee line (2 minute walk); 10 mins from London Bridge
- W1 Practice: Harley Street or Wimpole Street (on two different days - ask for details)
- Hayes (Kent) BR2 Practice: Station Approach
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mornings, afternoons, evenings
Types of client
Supervision & training
Psychodynamic supervision only for psychodynamiclly trained counsellors and psychoanalytic psychotherpists. .View supervision profile