Danielle Coleman BA(Hons), postgraduate diploma psychotherapy, MBACP Registered
52a Old London Road
Kingston Upon Thames
1-2 Paris Garden
0208 819 3109
I am an experienced therapist, working in welcoming consulting rooms in Kingston upon Thames and Waterloo. I offer both focused, short-term counselling and in-depth, long-term therapy. Therapy involves a very particular kind of attention: I would like to offer you the special experience of being listened to with total attention, and at different levels. As a therapist, I do my best to always be non-judgmental, warm and practical. People who have had therapy (with me and others) confirm it can be a life-changing experience.
It is also key that there is a good fit between a client and therapist, so meeting up face to face for an initial consultation is a vital first step in working out whether I am the right therapist for you. I offer an initial consultation for £30. This lasts 50 minutes and is a chance for both of us to talk about the issues you are trying to deal with, and for you to get a flavour for what counselling with me would feel like. It does not commit you to having further sessions, unless you wish to.
I welcome anyone who wishes to work on their problems with me. In the past, I have lived in different countries and within different cultures, something I see as an asset in the way I approach those seeking help. I always strive to be sensitive to diversity and to your unique background and experiences, and have experience of working with people of all ages, genders (including transgender), different sexual orientations and a wide range of problems, including affairs, bullying at work, anger issues, anxiety and many other topics.
In addition, I have a special interest in offering counselling to carers, and to those suffering from a terminal illness. I also offer pre-surgery and post-surgery counselling, as well as post-natal counselling.
Issues I can help with
Are you struggling with family issues or relationship issues?
Suffering from depression and/or anxiety? Just feeling sad?
Want space and time to focus on yourself?
Are you a carer wanting to make sense of your role and its challenges?
Do you think you might have post-natal depression?
Perhaps you have been thinking for a while about seeking professional help, but are not sure about taking that first step, and contacting a counsellor. I am committed to providing counselling and psychodynamic psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. While short term counselling is one of my specialisms (minimum 6 weeks), I also provide psychodynamic psychotherapy on an open-ended basis to clients who wish to devote more time to exploring problematic issues.
Carers support and support for the terminally ill
Other areas in which I specialise are providing counselling to carers, and to those with a terminal illness. I have experience of working in an NHS carers counselling service.
The therapy I offer is psychodynamic psychotherapy. This involves a very intense and personal listening process. Through reflecting back what you say and helping you identify relationships between your past and your present, I will encourage you to explore and make sense of your thoughts and feelings. Our sessions together will aim to give you an understanding of the roots of your difficulties and help you make the changes you want to.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a well-established private practice in two locations - Kingston upon Thames and Waterloo. My previous experience includes working in an NHS carers' counselling service offering short-term counselling. In the past I have also worked at Victim Support, the charity supporting victims of crime.
I have worked as a translator and have lived in several different countries, experiencing various cultures, and I feel this helps me to bring an awareness and sensitivity to my work as a therapist.
Training and qualifications
I hold the postgraduate diploma in psychodynamic theory and practice from WPF, one of the most well-respected psychotherapy training institutions. The training I followed included a practical element of seeing clients as a trainee (in total over 300 hours while training), as well as core training in the theory of psychodynamic counselling and other modules on family and couples work, groups, research and short-term counselling. I am registered with the BACP (the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and abide by their code of ethics.
As well as my current private practice, I have worked in an NHS carers' counselling service offering short-term counselling. As a counsellor, I am experienced in helping clients with difficulties of varying kinds (see below for list).
I regularly attend Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events to maintain and enhance my clinical knowledge and skills and acquire extra knowledge in fields relevant to my clients..
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Pre-surgery and post-surgery counselling
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How much does therapy cost?
Each weekly, 50-minute session costs £50 to £65, depending on time of day and your income (I use a sliding scale). Peak times of day are early morning and evening sessions. As an incentive to make it a little bit easier to take that first step, I charge just £30 for an initial 50-minute consultation.
Are there any reductions available?
I have a very limited number of reduced cost places available for those in financial need. Please ask for further details.
How can I pay?
You can pay by cash, cheque or bank transfer, either weekly or monthly.
Do I have to pay for sessions I miss?
During the first six sessions, I have a special policy of not charging clients for sessions missed because of prior arrangements. After that time, you will have to pay for any appointments you do not attend, as I will be keeping the slot open for you. Of course, there is no charge for any sessions I cancel, e.g. when I am on holiday or cannot provide your normal session for any reason.
My Kingston therapy practice is just 5 minutes' walk from Kingston Station, with free car parking available. It is also directly opposite Cattle Market bus station, served by many bus routes, including the 371 bus from Richmond.
My Waterloo consulting room (where I offer appointments on Thursday mornings and lunchtime) is a 10-minute walk from Waterloo train station, or a 4-minute walk from Southwark tube station. It can be accessed very easily by train, tube (Northern, Jubilee and Bakerloo lines) and bus. I currently have a 9am slot available here on Thursdays.
How long will it take to get an appointment?
I can usually offer you an initial appointment within one week of you getting in contact with me.
Am I committed to therapy if I have an initial session with you?
No, our initial 50-minute session does not commit you to further therapy. It is a chance for both of us to explore whether working together would be helpful to you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime sessions offered, Monday to Friday. First appointment starts 9am, last appointment starts 5pm. Currently available in my Kingston consulting room: 9 and 10am Mondays, 9am Fridays.
Types of client