Lester Chern MBACP Accred
I work with both individuals and couples. My core approach is Person-Centred and I find that working in an imaginative and creative way can enable you to gain greater insights into yourself.
I offer a warm and calm approach, and work with you, as we look at the issues that have brought you to counselling. I work according to your pace and your needs and my hope is to enable you to give voice to your pain and distress. I believe that every human being is unique; "One size does not fit all!" We will work together on whatever is troubling you. I do not offer a diagnosis or a label. I listen carefully and will reflect back sometimes using metaphors or other visual imagery.
There may be times when there are no words to describe your pain and hurt. Mere words alone cannot fully describe what you are going through? On some occasions it may be more helpful to express yourself creatively with other means. You are invited to use (if you want to) drawing materials, clay and common objects like buttons, shells or figures. No skill is needed!
I work with both differently gendered and same sex couples. Together, we can work to improve your understanding of one another and clarify those miscommunications that can lead to conflict. Couples therapy can be helpful for you to grow together and iron out misunderstandings.
You may want to continue and improve your relationship or you may wish to attend so that you can end in a mutually satisfactory way.
Couples counselling can achieve all these objectives if there is mutual desire for change.
I understand that it can take a great deal of courage to make that first call.
I have long experience of counselling clients on a range of issues including physical, emotional and sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, family issues, bereavement and loss, unemployment, separation and divorce, affairs and betrayals, low self esteem, addictions, bullying both at home or in the workplace.
Both in my counselling and supervision work, I work using my extensive experience and knowledge with whatever is helpful to you.
I have long experience of working with people of all ages, creeds, nationalities and sexual preferences.
Counselling can be short (6-12 sessions) or longer term according to your needs or preferences.
I have recently resumed seeing clients face to face ( all precautions are taken to keep you safe). I also offer ONLINE using Zoom, Skype or Whats App as well as offering telephone counselling too.
I practice in a quiet residential road with free and unrestricted parking.
Canons Park tube station is about 15 minutes walk away. From Edgware station, you can take either the 186, 79 or 340 buses to Canons Park tube station.
I am also easily accessible from Harrow, Elstree, Borehamwood, Bushey and Watford
I am both BACP Accredited and Registered and I have professional insurance.
"Lester was absolutely incredible. He was so intuitive and drew such accurate conclusions about us, both individually and as a couple. It stunned me."
Couple (mid thirties)
"Lester has made a profound difference to our lives. He has helped us put our family back together and to be happier and more harmonious."
Couple (late thirties)
"Lester is a fantastic counsellor and an amazing person. He has always been nonjudgemental and offered helpful observations. I could not have resolved my issues without Lester's help and support".
Male (early forties)
"I am very grateful for the support, understanding and techniques shown to me by Lester, to help me rebuild my confidence and give me the tools to deal with my problems in the future. I am extremely grateful for his invaluable help and kindness."
Female (mid thirties)
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Person Centred Counselling 2003
Diploma in Integrative Supervision 2010 Certificate in Integrative Couples Counselling 2017
Certificate in Play Therapy Skills 2009
Primary Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2009
Certificate in Introduction to Transactional Analysis 2016
MBACP (Accred) (Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
In addition to my private practice, I am employed as part of a small team of Staff Counsellors at the London Fire Brigade, working with individuals and couples.
I work with all types of issues including relationships, depression, anxiety, grief including sudden and unexpected death, separation, divorce, family issues, trauma, employment issues and bullying.
As part of a specialist team working holistically with clients affected by issues such as childhood trauma and addictions.
At an NHS sponsored IAPT "Complex Grief" counselling service providing counselling to people affected by suicide or other forms of sudden death.
At Signpost Counselling Agency for 10 years as a young person's counsellor and at an inner city Academy as a school counsellor.
I am a qualified counselling supervisor. I currently clinically supervise the work of individual counsellors at differing levels of training and experience.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£55 per full hour for Individual Counselling
£65 per full hour for Couples Therapy
Payable by Cash, Cheque or Bank Transfer
Concessions offered for
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