Monica Mason MA MBACP Accred.
Living in London's hustle can be unsettling at times. Life in a city can be exciting as well as daunting, making it easy to feel overwhelmed or alone and at loss of where to start. Therapy can help to make things a little bit easier.
What once started out as helping people from the Swedish community to feel settled and adjusted in their move to UK, has now expanded to providing safe, confidential psychotherapy and counselling on a wide range of difficulties for all nationalities.
The decision to start therapy is an important step to take, it can be daunting at first as you might be unsure of what to expect, this is normal, trust is important and develops gradually. With time you might find that your therapy sessions provides you with great support and hope through difficult times.
My approach to counselling is psychodynamic, drawing from unconscious processes of the psyche along with looking at how patterns in past relationships may influence the way we act in the present. Many factors from our varying experiences as children can form how we choose to deal with challenges and situations we are faced with as adults. I aim to develop a client's self -awareness and to provide clarity as to why we feel and behave the way we do.
As a BACP Accredited member I am committed to providing therapy in a supportive, safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. I work with adults and young adults on an open-ended basis or for a shorter time limited period.
Psychodynamic Therapy can help you with relationships, family or friendship issues. It can show the way to more healthy and authentic relationships and help sustaining them. Psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling can be particularly helpful in dealing with low self-esteem, general anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, loneliness or depression.
Therapy can help with transitions and life changes such as: bereavement, divorce and relationship breakups. Positive changes such as moving, starting university or a new job, getting married or starting a family can be both exciting and difficult. I can get help you through loss as well as finding a way forward.
You will not be told what to do but I will effectively guide and support you in making your own choices.
I offer a 20 minutes free phone consultation before booking. If you have questions or want to speak to me before deciding to book an initial appointment, please send me an email or leave a message on my phone. .
You can find more information about me on my website.
Training, qualifications & experience
Before starting my professional training I counselled victims of crime for the charitable organisation Victim Support.
I graduated from WPF a leading provider of psychotherapy training, with a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Psychodynamic Counselling in 2002.
I gained an MA in Psychodynamic Studies, validated by University of Roehampton in 2005 and graduated with a Diploma in Supervision in 2008.
After graduating from my training at WPF I stayed on for a number of years as an assessment counsellor as well as a regular counsellor.
I now work in private practice and apart from therapy I also provide supervision. I am an Accredited member of BACP and I subscribe to their codes of ethics. I continue to develop professionally, undertaking courses and workshops regularly as well as attending ongoing 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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Moving from one country to another can be exciting as well as unsettling. I have a long experience working with people from all nationalities and cultures. Whether you have come to England to work or study, living here permanently or for a limited time, it is easy to feel isolated and home sick at times. I can help you with issues around cultural differences, supporting you as well as providing a way forward.
Sometimes people experience that issues from the past keeps interfering with the 'fresh start' they might have hoped for, therapy can help untangle what is going on. I speak both Swedish and English.
My fee for the initial consultation and for follow up appointments is £75. You can pay with cash, check or through online banking.
I also provide supervision for counsellors. My fee for supervision is £70 with some concessions for trainees.
If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, please call or email me. I offer an up to 20 minutes free phone consultation, would you like to talk to me before deciding to come.
The initial meeting last for one hour and there is no obligations at this point. If decide to start regular sessions, we will meet again the following week and go through practical details such as, available day and time slots, fees and holidays. Normally psychotherapy is weekly, more explorative and can last for some time whilst counselling tends to be time limited and focused on one issue. We will establish what is most suitable for you in the first meeting.
I practise from Kensington counselling rooms in South Kensington, West London. Nearest underground is Gloucester Road Station for Circle, Piccadilly and District lines.
There is residence parking, pay and display and parking houses in the area.