Simon Littlejohn MSc MBACP
58 Ashburton Road
Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Unsure whether to confide even in the people closest to you? This is where counselling can help. By talking to a trained professional in a confidential environment, it can lead to meaningful and lasting change.
I work as an Integrative Counsellor, which means I use a variety of counselling approaches that best suit our work together. In a supportive, non-judgemental space we will be able to explore what is going on for you and identify areas of life you would like to change. This involves looking at what is happening in the present moment, as well as exploring your options for the future and any patterns of behaviour stemming from childhood.
Your Power To Change
Our thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and physical environment all shape our experience of everyday life. Over our lifetime, these can develop into a complex variety of positive, neutral and negative reactions to these experiences. For example, think about the last time you were feeling stressed and what you did, or did not do, to cope with that situation. Our feelings are there to guide us. Whether positive or negative, intense or low, they are serving a purpose. When feelings don't get expressed, they can get stuck or become more intense. Of course, some feelings are considered socially unacceptable and as humans, we have cunningly adapted ourselves to fit the moulds that were set for us at home, school and work. We can then maintain these moulds, and start imposing them on ourselves. Commonly referred to as defence mechanisms, these keep us feeling safe and secure. They can also be a hindrance when it comes to maintaining familiar patterns of behaviour. By taking the time to reflect on how you really feel and think about your issues, together we can open up and explore your world of potential.
Getting In Touch
I recognise that this can be the hardest thing in the world to do but it is a necessary first step. We will be able to talk a bit about what is going on for you and make arrangements to meet for our first session together. I can send you directions as well as any other relevant information you require.
Our First Session
This will be our opportunity to meet face to face and for you to talk about what issues have brought you to counselling. I will also be able to explain more about how we might work together and what it is that you wish to achieve or change. We will go at your pace and there is no rush. There is also a contract for us both to sign which I will talk through and this sets out what you can expect of my service to you. If you do not wish to continue, I can provide you with further information, contacts and resources. Going to counselling, even if not the first time, can be a daunting experience. However, through the relationship we build together, counselling can have many different benefits and rewards, such as increased self-esteem, greater self-awareness, improved relationships and reduced stress and anxiety.
For consistency, we will meet once a week at the same time and day and this will be for 50 minutes. As you may expect, you will be doing most of the talking, although there are times when silence is needed too. I will listen carefully to you, reflect, summarise and facilitate the counselling process. We will explore what has been going on for you recently, as well as talking about your childhood and past, and looking towards the future to see what steps might work going forward. On suitable occasions, we may engage in creative tasks, imaginative exercises and role plays.
How many sessions will I need?
Research reports that the average number of sessions is between 12 and 20, however there is no set time frame. We will review our work every six weeks to see what is working and what changes have occurred. You are able to finish at any point, although it is important that we have a final session to summarise what has been achieved so far and to provide you with further contacts or resources.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (No. 148425)
- MSc (with Merit) in Therapeutic Counselling : University of Greenwich
- BSc Hons in Psychology : University of Southampton
- Certificate in Counselling Skills - Level 3
As well as private practice, I work for an NHS IAPT service in South London. I also volunteer for a local counselling charity.
I am committed to continuous professional development (CPD) and regularly attend individual and group supervision, seminars and a monthly CPD group.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I hold an Enhanced DBS Check (formerly CRB) as well as Professional Liability Insurance.
Our first session will be charged at £25.00 for up to one hour. This covers the cost of room hire and means that you can decide if I am the right counsellor for you.
If you decide to continue, sessions will also be charged at £50.00 for 50 minutes. I am able to offer short and long term counselling work. The number of sessions will be discussed in our first meeting although there is no set time frame for us working together.
Reduced fees are available for those on low incomes or currently studying - please contact me for further details.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesdays - Croydon - 9am - 4pm Wednesdays - Forest Hill - 5pm - 8pm.
Types of client