Phil Brown. MBACP (Accred)

Phil Brown. MBACP (Accred)

The Counselling Collective
Longcroft House
2 Victoria Avenue

The Albany Centre
4 Victoria Street
St Albans

07815 522 333

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The Counselling Collective
Longcroft House
2 Victoria Avenue

The Albany Centre
4 Victoria Street
St Albans

07815 522 333

About me

img1485868040.pngMaking the decision to come into therapy can be a difficult one. There may be a particular situation or set of circumstances that can leave you feeling in need of support, or you may be struggling with anxiety, depression or generally feel as if you're less able to cope than you normally would.

You may feel isolated and alone despite having close relationships with family and friends, or there may be relationship issues that you need support to explore and understand.

Whatever the reason, having a trained professional who will carefully listen to you, offer you acceptance and empathy and work with you to make sense of relationships and life events can make all the difference to how you see yourself and your circumstances.

I am an experienced BACP accrediated counsellor and psychotherapist. I provide both long-term psychotherapy and short term counselling by build a trusting, supportive relationship with you. I believe this is vital to creating the right conditions for effective meaningful and productive counselling.

By providing a safe and supportive environment in which you can explore your issues, I hope that you will achieve the ability to function individually and within society and achieve a greater degree of autonomy and resourcefulness.

By placing a particular emphasis on trying to understand the motives and conflicts that may lie beneath certain behaviour's or patterns of relating to others we will journey together to explore your feelings, offer reflections and work with you towards interpretations that are meaningful for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

During my training I completed a 1-year foundation certificate in counselling and psychotherapy, followed by a 4-year post graduate diploma/MA in contemporary therapeutic counselling.

I spent four years working with children and adolescences with a national children's charity using a person centred approach to therapy. In this time I completed extensive training and workshops. I have also spent four years working with the mental health charity Mind.

As well as working for voluntary organisations I also work in private practice and for the counselling foundation. I have also been involved with the improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) programme, which is a national programme to increase the availability of 'talking therapies' on the NHS.

Qualifications & training

  • Certificate in person centred therapy
  • Foundation certificate in counselling
  • Higher certificate in contemporary therapeutic counselling
  • Diploma certificate in contemporary therapeutic counselling
  • Master of arts in contemporary therapeutic counselling
  • Dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT)

I am committed to ongoing Continuing Professional Development, and have also completed training in the following :

  • Suicide intervention
  • Working with addiction
  • Advanced therapeutic techniques
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Self-harm awareness
  • Working with PTSD
  • Child protection and safeguarding

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


First appointment

Your first appointment will last for fifty minutes and will provide an opportunity to discuss your personal hopes in therapy. Fees for this initial consultation are as follows: £50.00 (Hertfordshire), £75.00 (London).


Therapy can last anywhere from a few sessions to several months or even years. Some clients come to therapy with a very specific problem that they need to explore and might find that one or two sessions are sufficient. Some clients come to therapy with more complicated problems, which they struggle to understand, and may feel they need more time to make sense or resolve their problems. Together we can explore how many sessions will be needed.


As a general guide my on-going fees are as follows:

  • £45.00 (Hertfordshire) per session (50 minutes).
  • £55.00/£75.00 (London) per session (50 minutes); rates are determined by time of day and location.

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) can be offered as a structured time limited psychotherapy typically delivered over sixteen sessions. This would be priced into four equal payments - please contact me for further details.

If you cancel a session with less than 24hrs notice you will be responsible for payment of the missed session.

I offer a limited number of reduced fee sessions for clients on a low income/students. Please contact me to discuss. I will always answer any initial questions you might have by phone or email, without charge or obligation.

Further information

I have a current enhanced DBS and also fully insured.
Please visit the web site for further information.

Maps & Directions

London, EC2M 4NS
St Albans, AL1 5JD

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Weekdays 9am-6pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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