Steve Wasserman MA (Cantab), MA Integ. Psych., MBACP, ISST (Accred)
111 Ruskin Gardens
Hello, and thank you for taking the time to look at my therapy page.
I'm guessing that you're here because you're struggling with something at the moment, or have been for a while. It might be something you can characterize in some way: "I'm unhappy at work or with my love life", "I'm depressed/anxious". Or maybe you're not entirely sure what the problem is, you just know that you feel lousy.
How can therapy address this? Perhaps most importantly in providing an ally for whatever it is you would like to talk about, even when you don't know what it is you most want to talk about. Together we can explore what factors might be contributing to your unhappiness, looking at the deeper roots of these problems as well as focusing on the here and now.
Your background and life situation are unique, and for this reason you will most likely need a tailored, integrative approach structured around your personality and individual requirements. We can do this, helping to give you a better understanding of yourself, as well as new skills to lead a more fulfilling life.
I have over a decade's worth of experience as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, both in the NHS and privately, assisting clients with an extensive range of personal issues. I am a registered and accredited member of two professional bodies, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the International Society of Schema Therapists (ISST), and follow their code of ethics and professional practice guidelines.
If you’d like to arrange an initial consultation session to talk more about whatever it is you’re going through, we can organise that via email or telephone (07804197605). Also please feel free to drop me a line or phone if you have any other questions regarding the therapy I offer.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
It can sometimes help to know a little bit of biographical, even personal information about someone when trying to work out whether you'd like to talk to them or not. With that in mind, here's a mix of professional and personal info that I hope might help you get a sense of what makes me tick.
I was born and received my primary education in South Africa, emigrating to the UK in 1986 at the age of 15. I also worked abroad for a number of years in Italy before settling down in London to pursue a career as a teacher and University Lecturer. A few years later I began my training to become a psychotherapist.
These experiences and others have been useful in giving me an understanding of some of the issues faced by clients when living in some way between two or more cultures. Questions of diversity and “feelings of otherness” whether stemming from age, ethnicity, gender, race, socio-economic status or sexual orientation are all aspects of my work that I feel are important and have their part to play in personal distress.
Like many (most?) psychotherapists and counsellors I have spent a good amount of time on the other side of the couch as a patient/client, initially prompted by the onset of depression and anxiety in my late teens. I have also found it useful for thinking about relationships and for healing some of the developmental traumas of childhood and young adulthood. More generally, it's helped me with the process of getting to know myself better, showing me ways in which I might treat myself and others with a bit more kindness and compassion.
I am very interested in how we use creative and contemplative practices to find flow, meaning and solace in our lives. Painting and drawing, music-making, podcasting, meditation, walking, writing, learning poems by heart, hiking and gardening are all important for me.
I like finding out, as well as finding new ways to help myself and my clients connect or reconnect to those activities and values that give our lives meaning and consolation. I think we all need these in order to get through the sometimes tricky and bumpy terrain of being human.
Postgraduate Certificate in Attachment-based Therapy - 2016
IFS Foundational Training - 2015
Schema Therapy Training and ISST Accreditation - 2013/2014
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - 2012
Professional Certificate in MBCT/MBSR for groups & individuals - 2010
General Practice Counsellor (5 years) - 2008/2013
MA in Integrative Psychotherapy - 2008
Bereavement Training (CCIWB) & 3 years experience - 2007
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB) - 2005
Samaritans Volunteer training & 10 years experience - 1995
BA/MA in English Literature - 1991
SOME TESTIMONIALS FROM CURRENT & FORMER CLIENTS:
“It was very difficult for me to find a therapist that I could get on with and talk to easily. After trying 3/4 different people, I was extremely lucky to meet Steve. He has a warm approach, with a lot of 'no nonsense' sensibility thrown in and this works very well for me. I would recommend him to anyone looking for help.”
Rishal, Solicitor (34)
“I began seeing Steve when I was at a very low ebb, and have been with him for two years now. A lot of things have changed for me, and I have him to thank for listening and giving me sound advice.”
Uma, Graphic Designer (29)
“As soon as I met Steve and started talking to him, I felt at ease and comfortable. I had never had any therapy before, and was extremely anxious. But he immediately made me feel he was listening and understood me. He gives me time to think about what I want to say, and even if I repeat myself over and over again- which I do - he is patient and asks very pertinent questions. It has been a life -changing opportunity to me to have therapy with Steve, and helped me immeasurably.”
Lucy, Full Time Mum (32)
“Steve is a compassionate therapist, who always listens and encourages me to think deeply about what I am saying. He is very patient and always makes me feel that my problems aren't silly or even ridiculous. In the last year since I started therapy with him, many things have changed in my life and I owe this all to Steve's help.”
Chirag, Community Fundraiser (45)
“The thing about Steve is that he really cares about you but also has a brilliant mind which I find a privilege to access. His approach and methods are wonderfully creative and if you add to that his humanity, you've got yourself a rather special therapist.”
Mimi, Artist (65)
[Clients were all asked when giving testimonials to supply a pseudonyms in order to protect their confidentiality.]
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- 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
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Existential therapy
Daytime and evening appointments: £50 (some concessionary rates available for daytime appointments)
All sessions are 50 minutes long.
The initial consultation session is charged at the same rate as a normal session.
Email me here to arrange a consultation.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer afternoon and evening sessions Monday to Friday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|