Cheryl Williams Dip. Couns. MBACP
Centre For Counselling
67-69 Widmore Road
Westmeria Counselling Services
Bromley Park Medical Centre
My name is Cheryl and I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I offer both open-ended psychotherapy and short-term, problem focused, counselling in Bromley, Kent.
In addition to private practice I also work in the voluntary sector, providing individual therapy for a counselling charity serving Bromley and the surrounding areas. I have also gained extensive experience working for a south London based bereavement charity.
We are all unique, consequently psychological distress is wide-ranging and distinctive to the individual. While there are many ways of understanding emotional distress and all psychological models hold value, relying on one therapeutic model and a ‘one size fits all’ approach can lose sight of your individuality.
Working from a holistic perspective, I integrate person-centred therapy, psychodynamic theory and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), tailoring the therapeutic process to your individual needs. If appropriate, I can work solely within any of these therapies.
I believe the therapeutic relationship is fundamental to facilitating positive change and I offer a professional, empathic, confidential and nonjudgmental environment. In this safe space we can explore aspects of your life, thoughts, feelings and behaviour openly and freely.
When life feels too challenging it's often difficult to share your thoughts and feelings with friends and family. It's hard trying to cope on your own. At times like these counselling can help you find a way forward.
There are a number of reasons for seeking counselling, you may be experiencing depression, low mood or anxiety. Personal and/or work relationships may be causing difficulties, your home or working life may be stressful or you may be experiencing a life-crisis. You may be a carer feeling overwhelmed with difficult and confusing emotions or you may have suffered a bereavement or loss, feeling lost in the grieving process or struggling to cope with a life transition.
I am there to listen, encouraging you to develop insight and understanding of your current difficulties and supporting you in resolving personal issues and gaining control over your life.
The pressures of modern day living can bring many challenges and our intimate relationships can suffer. Effective communication can break down, we can lose our emotional connection to each other and conflict and mistrust can develop.
My aim is to provide you with an empathic, confidential and nonjudgmental environment to explore your relationship difficulties and facilitate positive change. My role is to provide professional support as you work towards improving communication, acknowledge and resolve conflict and re-build trust and intimacy.
Through professional and personal experience I have learnt how bereavement and feelings of grief are not only associated to the loss of a person through death. Throughout our lifetime we experience a significant amount of change which brings many endings. Loss and feelings of grief may be triggered by a number of life transitions including; a change to our identity, the breakdown of a relationship, redundancy or retirement or a change in social circumstance. At times these experiences can evoke powerful emotions such as denial, anger, guilt, confusion and yearning as well as feelings of depression and/or anxiety, leaving us feeling overwhelmed and struggling to cope.
If you are feeling 'stuck' and unable to move forward, I offer support as you work through this process towards psychological healing and adjustment.
My training in childhood and youth developmental psychology together with the experience I have gained offering one-to-one counselling for primary aged children for the national charity place2be, has provided invaluable insight into a number of factors that create emotional distress and behavioural problems for a child.
If you are a parent struggling with child related issues I can support you in a number of ways. You may wish to develop insight into your thoughts, feelings and the challenges you are experiencing by exploring your own childhood and the parenting you received. You may be struggling to cope with specific issues including behavioural issues or bullying or perhaps you want to develop more effective communication.
Engaging in personal therapy is a significant aspect of your personal and professional development and a necessary requirement for many qualifying level training courses. My aim is to aid this process and support you during your training.
The more self-aware we are as counsellors the more present and focused we will be with our clients. Consequently, recognising and separating person issues from those of your client is essential to providing an appropriate and effective therapeutic relationship. Working together we can identify and explore past, unresolved countertransferential issues arising within your client work. This therapeutic process also supports psychological healing, fundamental to your emotional well-being as a student counsellor.
Counselling also provides the opportunity to identify, explore and work through unconscious processes and relational patterns arising within your everyday relationships and/or your peer/training group. You may also wish to explore issues within other areas of your life or those emerging as a result of your training.
Training, qualifications & experience
Dip.Couns: CPCAB Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling.
I trained and qualified as an integrative counsellor through the CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Awarding Body), the UK's specialist awarding body in counselling.
Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory
Providing a solid grounding in the CBT model, this CPCAB post qualification diploma enables me to effectively integrate the CBT approach into my professional practice.
Diploma in relationship and couples counselling
Accredited by the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists), this professional qualification tailors an integrative approach for individuals and couples experiencing current and/or historic relationship problems.
Additional training includes:
Working psychotherapeutically with trauma
Working with common and severe mental health issues
As a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) I abide by their code of ethics and have completed the BACP Certificate of Proficiency demonstrating ethical and competent practice. I carry out continual professional development through training courses and workshops and attend monthly supervision. I hold a current DBS check and am fully insured.
Committed to continuing my professional development I also undertake on-going training over and above my CPD requirements. This commitment has added depth to my practice, enhancing my knowledge and understanding of mental health issues and well-being in areas including:
- anxiety and depression
- childhood and youth developmental psychology
- cultural differences to mental health
- death, dying and bereavement
- scientific and psychotherapeutic perspectives of anxiety, depression,
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, addiction and dementia
I work with adults of all ages, from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of issues including:
- affairs and betrayal
- bereavement and loss
- child related issues
- eating disorders
- emotional abuse
- low self-esteem
- past or present trauma
- relationship issues
- separation and divorce
- sexual abuse
- suicidal thoughts
- self harm
- work related stress
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Centre For Counselling:
Individual: £45 per session.
Concessions of £35 offered to counselling trainees.
Couples: £60 per session
Low-cost counselling at Westmeria Counselling Services:
Individual: £35 per session.
Couples: £45 per session.
(Friday afternoons only)
Session duration: 50 minutes
Please feel free to contact me for a no obligation consultation. This initial conversation provides an opportunity to explore your current concerns and answer any questions you may have about counselling.
If you decide I am the right counsellor for you I will provide a written contract at our initial assessment session. This will explain further details of my practice and provides the foundation for our shared commitment to therapy. Please be advised, advanced payment is required to secure an assessment session.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Cheryl Williams MBACP
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Centre for Counselling: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 10am-5pm Friday: 9am-11am Monday/Thursday evening: 6pm - 9pm Sundays 1pm-5pm Westmeria Counselling Services: Friday 1pm-5pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|