Dr Stephen Adams-Langley
Counselling and psychotherapy are both talking therapies which attempt to help us make sense of our lives and survive the crisis, difficulty or turning point. My approach is integrative which means I have been trained in, and can employ several theoretical approaches. I draw from cognitive behavioral therapy, humanistic/person centered, psychodynamic, brief solution focused therapy and existential approaches to adapt the theory to each individual client. My philosophy is that each person is unique and therefore no one approach suits all. I might use cognitive behavioral therapy for clients with phobias or panic attacks, whereas the person who is depressed or anxious will need a more supportive and philosophical approach. My aim is to clarify those aspects of the client's life that cause distress, confusion or anger and that can lead to an individual to feel stuck, blocked, unfulfilled and desperate. It is through exploration and clarification that we are able to explore our options and choices, and understand and come to terms with our issues.
The sessions are 50 minutes in length, although occasionally if requested I will see clients for longer sessions. My counselling is absolutely confidential and and my approach is non-judgmental and supportive regardless of clients race, religion, sexual orientation, nationality or presenting behavior. I have extensive experience with clients who are presenting with self harming behavior such as drug or alcohol misuse, compulsive sexual behavior, self harm, suicidal ideation and eating disorders.
People come to counselling and psychotherapy for all sorts of reasons. A significant life event such as a bereavement, relationship breakdown, redundancy or panic attack can feel overwhelming. There can also be a sense of unhappiness, malaise or a feeling that life could be better or different. Clients can often present with a single issue or symptom, or a range of issues. I offer a safe, comfortable and confidential space to reflect, process and resolve these issues and difficulties
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been in practice as a psychotherapist and counsellor for 20 years. I was awarded my Research Doctorate in Psychotherapy from Middlesex University (Metanoia Institute) in 2012 together with the Jennifer Elton Wilson prize for my Professional Development Paper. My professionally accredited five year training was undertaken at Regents College School of psychotherapy and counselling in London where I gained an MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling and a post-qualifying Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy. I also hold a BA, (Honours) in English.
Following accreditation I undertook further training and was awarded two diplomas in Case Work Supervision and Individual and Group 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
I offer reduced rates for students at £50 per session.
Supervision fee is £65
Research has proven that the effectiveness of talking therapies mostly depends on the quality of the relationship between therapist and client. It is not necessarily the theoretical approach, age, gender or experience of the therapist that is most significant. There are no meaningful differences between counselling and psychotherapy. I am accredited both as a senior counsellor and a psychotherapist, and I am happy to identify myself as either.
It is often a daunting task and takes courage to pick up the telephone and make the first appointment. A first session is to allow the client to meet me as a therapist, to ask questions, and to discuss your needs and expectations and any anxieties about beginning. Choosing a therapist is often intuitive and I would advise any client to listen to their gut feeling after a first session to decide whether to begin working with me. You may find a few sessions are all that you need, or you may wish or feel you need open-ended longer term work. My approach as a therapist is to be passionate and calm, non-dogmatic and empathic and supportive and challenging. It is worth considering that full accreditation to a professional body is important, as it indicates the therapist has undergone a recognized training, continuing professional development and adheres to a recognized code of ethics.