Desiree Silverstone MBACP (Snr. Accred)

Desiree Silverstone MBACP (Snr. Accred)

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22b Glenthorne Road
Friern Barnet
N11 3HT

0208 361 9294 / 07792 114052

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About me

Looking for a counsellor/psychotherapist can naturally be quite daunting. Most people have fears and questions that prevent them from taking the first step. I offer an open, warm, friendly and confidential service and offer an initial 30 minute introductory telephone session free of charge.

When working with clients I use a variety of different approaches i.e. Gestalt, Psychodynamic, Person Centered, Transactional Analysis, Solution Focused Therapy and Systemic theory. I believe in adopting an approach that is best suited to the individual, rather than trying to provide a one size fits all approach'. I may utilize multiple mediums in therapy including talk, art, play or drama. My belief is that it is important to impart psycho-educational information to my clients so that they are better able to understand their issues. This enables them to have more awareness as well as and skills which will serve to help them in the future when difficulties arise.

I strongly believe in continuing self-development and regularly attend supervision, workshops and courses. I adopt a holistic philosophy and creative approach when working with clients and believe that each person is their own best expert.

I am an Accredited British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy therapist and work according to their Ethical Framework.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been in private practice since 1993 and work as a consultant running training courses for people working in the voluntary and statutory sectors.

I studied at The Metanoia Institute (a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Accredited course) and received a Diploma in Person Centered Counselling (1996). I then went on to complete a Post Graduate qualification in Child Art Psychotherapy at Guys, Kings and St Thomas Medical and Dental School, University of London (2000). After having gained qualifications in Adult and Child therapy, I went on to study at the Institute of Family Therapy and where I obtained my Certificate in Systemic Family Therapy.

I have worked in many different areas including:

- Feltham Young Offenders Institute
- The Feltham Open Door Project
- London Borough of Richmond
- Hounslow Bereavement Services
- The Grief Encounter Project
- Lambeth Child and Family Psychiatry
- Numerous schools in the Greater London area
- Pupil Referral Units
- Local Government
- Norwood Ravenswood
- GroOops CIC

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

- Behavioural difficulties
- Learning difficulties
- Emotional problems
- Rape
- Illness
- Psychosomatic illness
- Family difficulties
- Difficulties forming relationships
- Building emotional intelligence
- Raising self awareness


  • Single Sessions for Adults, Adolescents and Children
    Sessions last 50 minutes and cost £45 - £65 for each session (depending on the individual).

  • Initial Consultation for Children/Adolescents/Couples/Families
    Sessions last 2 hours and cost £180 (one off) for the session.

  • Sessions for Couples and Families
    Sessions last 75 minutes and cost £115 for each session.

I work on a sliding scale and take into account people's personal circumstances.

Concessionary fees are available and open to discussion.

Maps & Directions

London, N11 3HT

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: No

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme