About me

I am a highly experienced individual, couple and family therapist. I have over 20 years experience in both the NHS and the private sector and have taught psychotherapy at some of the UK's most prestigious training institutions. I am currently working in full-time private practice.

I work within the existential tradition, which takes a philosophical approach to psychotherapy and counselling, aiming to help people live more deliberately and purposefully in their lives. It can help clarify your understanding of yourself and your life circumstances. It can assist you through a specific life crisis and in becoming better at understanding repetitive and emotionally destructive patterns of relating which you may be caught up in.

The emphasis throughout our work is on you and how you see and experience the world. You will have an opportunity to tell your story and gradually come to a more satisfactory interpretation of your current predicaments until you find a way through them. The objective is for you to become more honest with yourself and more in tune with both your limitations and possibilities. By paying attention to what is of most concern to you personally we will aim to bring your life back into harmony with your aspirations so that you become more able to live your life to the full. This means understanding where you are at before establishing where you want to go and how you might get there.

You will be expected to freely discuss everything that is of concern to you in your everyday experience. You need to be prepared to verbally express your emotions, sensations, thoughts, memories, dreams, fantasies, expectations, fears and hopes without reserve, in order to get a clear picture of your way of being in the world and understand and re-organise your life accordingly. The process of existential therapy consists of an engaged and constructive discussion of past events, from which new commitments for the future will emerge. The aim is to facilitate reflective self-examination in order to bring about change.  The setting is intimate and cooperative and conversations are confidential.

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in Fundamentals of Psychotherapy (Regents College)
MA Integrative Psychotherapy (Regents College)
Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy (Regents College)
Certificate in Existential Supervision and Group-work (New School)
Introductory Certificate in Group Analysis (IGA)
Intermediate Course in Group Analysis (IGA)

Lecturer in Psychotherapy at Regents College School of Psychotherapy, London, Matrix Psychotherapy, Norfolk, Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer at New School for Psychotherapy and Counseling, London.

Employed as Adult Psychotherapist within East Sussex NHS Trust (200-2001), Newham Primary Care Trust (2005-2007), and North East London NHS Trust (on-going).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

1. Work concerns: Work is an important aspect of our lives and if your job is unsatisfying it can affect the rest of your life. It could be that you need to look at the relationships you have at work to see if they might be improved. You may wish to consider a complete change of occupation and look at this in both a structured and creative manner.
2. Family: Sometimes families can be a safe harbour after dangerous seas but often families are the dangerous seas. How you were brought up can affect you later in life and your self-esteem may well rely on your family of origin, as do your relationships. Looking at our past may help us to move on and find positive ways at looking at negative experiences. Couples often have quite different expectations of relationships and just looking at that can help.
3. Friends and Relationships: Our friends and colleagues are an important part of our lives and yet we sometimes do not give them the consideration they deserve. London can be a lonely place and some support and help can bring about a more rewarding social life. Whether it is difficulties you are having with old friends or that you are shy about making new ones, therapy can help.
4. Turning Points: We can underestimate the difficulties that occur at the turning points in our lives. Even events that seem to be pleasant such as having a baby or a new relationship can be very demanding. We all know that growing older can feel painful and we dread the mid-life crisis rather than see it as an opportunity. After a bereavement we usually need a period of rest and mourning and it can seem difficult to get back into the swing of life again. This can be a time when life seems to lose its meaning and when a therapist can gently restore a sense of purpose.

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Additional information

My fee in Canary Wharf and Walthamstow is £80 per 50 min session for individuals, £95 for couples and £110 for families.


7 - 10 Mon-Fri Sat 9-12

Further information

I begun my professional life training as a speech therapist, however from experiences gained working within mental health projects and residential psychiatric settings, I became interested in the possibility of bringing a psychological and particularly a philosophical perspective to bear more fully within the work I was doing. I re-trained as a psychotherapist and have since worked extensively within various teaching and training organizations as well as in the NHS, and I am now in private practice full-time working largely with professionals from the city, and local residents of Walthamstow. My practice is based in E17 and E14.

Feel free to call me with any questions you might have and to refer to my web-site to find out more about myself and the work I do in Walthamstow and Canary Wharf.



Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Supervision available.

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Jan Sheppard

Jan Sheppard