Kelly Stewart - Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Ongea Counselling and Psychotherapy Practices
8-26 Bath Street
23 Malwood Road
Choosing a therapist can be a daunting task. I really welcome you to get in touch and try out an initial session for £30. I am a qualified and BACP-registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist near Clapham South/Balham and Old Street.
Relationship issues, stress, anxiety, work-related stress and anxiety, depression, sadness, bereavement, including suicide bereavement, low self-esteem, suicidal feelings and trauma.
Why come to counselling?
Sometimes life doesn’t always pan out as we’d hoped. We had great plans. But then a crisis stalls us or a familiar pattern rears its ugly head again. Perhaps we never had it easy. We talk to those around us but somehow it’s difficult to be heard. They have their own lives and troubles to contend with. How can we ask them for help?
How can I help you?
I can offer you a safe and non-judgmental space to explore life’s struggles. You may have something specific you’d like to talk about. Or you may not know the details. You’re just aware that stuff continues to niggle and you’d like help to figure out why.
My integrative training in Counselling and Psychotherapy (MA) means that I would draw from a range of relational approaches and theories to support you. I believe that wounds and unmet needs from childhood reveal themselves in our present lives, whether we realise it or not. You might be struggling with anxiety, depression or relationship issues, for example and not know why. I would help you to explore these as they unfold in our sessions together, within the safety of a confidential therapeutic relationship.
Each person I work with is unique. The two of us would work together with whatever you bring, big or small. I don't promise to have the answers (in fact, therapy isn't about giving advice) but, by offering you a warm and non-judgemental space to talk freely, I will be able to help you to understand your experience better.
I work on weekday evenings, as well as Saturday mornings. I work with individuals (not couples) long-term and short-term. Sessions last 50 minutes and are usually weekly, although twice weekly is also possible.
I work from two locations:
1. Clapham South. Whilst based on the premises of an Anglican Church (Ascension Balham Hill), my practice is not connected to the church - my room is external to the actual church building.
2. Old Street. I work in a purpose built therapy building, which is a five minute walk from Old Street tube.
I firmly believe that within each of us lies innate potential beyond our imagination. But life can throw things at us that block us. Deciding to train as a therapist was a significant step for me. It's an utter privilege to work with individuals to unpack and explore their struggles at depths that most non-therapeutic relationships rarely reach.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain” (Vivian Greene).
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, 2015
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, 2015
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling, 2013
- Foundation Certificate in Integrative Counselling, 2010
- MA in Marketing, 2005
I have a range of experience gained from working with clients in the NHS, voluntary and private sectors. I have specialist training and experience in working with loss, particularly traumatic bereavement and sudden deaths.
Alongside my private practice, I work for a leading mental health charity in the UK, where I manage a team. Work can take up so much of our lives. So if we’re unhappy or stressed in our work, it impacts on home life. Equally, home life can impact on work. My previous work in a staff counselling service in the NHS, as well as my current marketing career in the charity sector, gives me an intricate understanding of how to wrestle with work-related issues.
- Minster Centre, Low Cost Therapy Service
- NHS, St.George's Healthcare NHS Trust
- Private Practice
- Wandsworth Bereavement Service
I am passionate about increasing support, awareness and resources for people bereaved by suicide. As such, my MA research explored the impact of suicide in families, and I plan to continue this through a PhD.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
If you like what you’ve read here, please do get in touch to arrange an initial session. First sessions cost £30. After the first session, my current fee for all subsequent sessions is from £50 at Clapham South and £60 at Old Street.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekday evenings and Saturday morning.
Types of client