Ellen Parsons MBACP (Accred)
I am a qualified BACP Accredited counsellor with counselling rooms in Harrow and Muswell Hill. I have a broad experience counselling individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and with diverse needs. I also offer counselling to couples.
I offer compassion, acceptance and sensitivity while supporting you in exploring the difficulties you are experiencing. My approach is predominantly Person-Centred (although I draw on other theoretical approaches in part and where appropriate).
I will actively listen to you, and encourage you throughout, to help facilitate your individual process. Through this process, a deeper understanding of yourself may emerge, along with gaining new perspectives, increasing self-worth, and experiencing greater clarity, helping you move forward more confidently.
I am available for therapy in 3 locations:
Harrow, Middesex, HA1;
Muswell Hill, North London, N10; and
Hemel Hempstead, HP2
What is counselling?
Counselling is a process of personal exploration, examining issues that are causing you difficulty in your life and relationships.
I would be working with you to help identify the roots of your particular difficulty and by increasing your self-awareness about those issues, this can help enable you to move on and flourish in your life.
How could Counselling help?
Counselling / psychotherapy can be a safe place to explore and unravel issues of concern to you. This can help you to overcome long-standing stumbling blocks and to achieve desired changes in your life and relationships.
Is counselling for me?
There are many who have experienced the benefits of counselling to help them with difficulties they are facing in life, as well as in dealing with experiences from their past, which may be impacting on the present.
What can I expect from our first meeting?
Our first meeting will provide the opportunity for me to learn more about your concerns, and for us to discuss what you hope to achieve in your personal counselling.
How long can I expect to be in therapy?
Time limited counselling is offered when you may wish to attend for only a certain amount of sessions (say 10 to 12) in order to focus on a particular issue.
Longer term psychotherapy is offered if you wish to explore and work through deeper issues in a more timely way.
Regular reviews will help identify where we are within the process, but how long the therapy inevitably lasts will be for you to decide.
How long does a counselling session last?
Counselling sessions typically last for 50 minutes, although longer sessions can be arranged if preferred.
How regularly will we meet?
Sessions are generally held on a weekly basis, particularly in the early stages of therapy, but fortnightly sessions may be agreed where appropriate.
How can I make an appointment?
You may contact me by either of the following:
Telephone: 07747 014805 (please leave a brief message, I will return your call as soon as I am able, if not immediately available).
or by Email (on the link above)
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Diploma in Counselling
Foundation Degree in Counselling
Certificate in Christian Counselling (CWR)
Focusing Level 1 to 5
Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision
Advanced Post Diploma in Person Centred Couples Counselling
It is a professional requirement that I undertake regular and on-going professional development training as well as attend regular supervision.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Issues related to being single
Purpose / meaning
Work related / redundancy / significant life changes
Issues experienced later in life (50+)
Tuesday - Friday (daytime): £50 per session
Saturday / evening - (5.30 pm onwards): £55 per session
Weekly daytime: 1.5 hour - £70 per session
Concessions offered for
I adhere to the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) Ethical Framework
Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Registered Member of the Association of Christian Counsellors