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Almost everyone needs someone to turn to at difficult times.

Counselling and Psychotherapy can help you come to terms with emotional problems or troubling aspects of your life, and gives you an opportunity to share your concerns with someone skilled at listening. Finding a psychotherapist or counsellor that you feel comfortable with is paramount and clearly not everyone is an ideal match. You may even need to visit more than one to find someone you feel at ease with. So why should you select me….

Firstly, I am very mindful of how difficult taking this step can be, and I offer a calm and compassionate approach, while we gain an understanding of your concerns. Although my primary model is 'psychodynamic' which simply means that I try to explore and interpret the underlying causes underpinning what you are telling me, it is my view that no one technique suits all, and I draw on a variety of ‘models’ to help you in whichever way is appropriate. Once we have revealed, talked-through and understood these root causes we can examine ways of dealing with the issues and moving forward. This is a very much a joint effort where we work together to help you through the troublesome episode and out the other side.

Secondly, my experience ranges from working with in-patients presenting severe psychotic disorders during my time at Basildon Hospital, through to self-referred ‘patients’ with anxieties and issues which simply affect their quality of life. Anxiety, in its various forms, can be distressing and is often self-managed by denial or pretence – unlikely to be successful. Let me help you deal with it effectively.

Frequently, when I introduce myself to someone as a Psychotherapist, their initial reaction is to suggest that I will identify them as mad and have them locked up. All they hear from me is the word 'psycho', the stigma associated with the word and its suggestion of some sort of lunacy. This is of course miles away from the reality: We are all both physical and emotional. If you break a bone you get help and have it mended - There is no reason not to do the same if circumstances or events have upset you so much that your head feels like it's about to burst and your quality of life is impaired.

To paraphrase an old proverb: The longest journey starts with a single step. Because you are reading this, you have now taken that first step. But it is not unusual to feel nervous or even ashamed to seek help or guidance, and these feelings can become magnified when circumstances seem to be conspiring against you. You may even fear that you will be judged or admonished but this is not what therapy or counselling is about. It is about helping you gain perspective on the troublesome aspects of your life and regain control so that you can work through the issues, manage and deal with them. There is no doubt that if you feel the need, then you should seek out the help, and turn that first step into a journey of resolution.

Training, qualifications & experience

Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Psychoses

NHS registered as an Honorary Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Counsellor.

BACP Accredited

Recognised & Authorised by BUPA as a Mental Health and Well-being (MHW) Psychotherapist.
Recognised & Authorised by Aviva Insurance as a Psychotherapist
Recognised & Authorised by AXA-PPP Insurance as a Psychotherapist

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & 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

Self-worth issues

Life coaching

Burn-out & Overload

Photos & videos


£125.00 per session

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • BUPA
  • HealthAssured
  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information

Frinton Practice:
Not currently available due to social distancing

Harley Street Practice:
Not currently available due to social distancing
£125 for individuals and £195 for couples. (50 minute session)

Facetime, Whats App & Skype Sessions:
£125 for individuals and £195 for couples. (50 minute session)

This applies also for the initial consultation (sometimes termed the assessment) where we see how we get on and gain an understanding of what is troubling you. We will also make diary dates for future sessions together.
In cases of hardship the fee may be negotiated.

Sessions last a standard 50 minutes (Often termed a therapeutic hour)
We will decide together whether a fixed number of sessions or a longer, open ended plan is most appropriate. It is often helpful to have a planned ending but we will review the process as our time together proceeds.


I am available most weekdays and also have evening sessions.

Further information

I practice from home, which is in a quiet and discreet setting in the village of Stebbing and also in Harley Street, London as part of a group practice. I am a member of, and adhere to the BACP guidelines on ethical practice and am registered with the ICO for Data Protection.

I also offer Counselling and Therapy on Skype and while I would recommend that you try to attend sessions in person, I do appreciate that for various reasons this may not always be possible.

I am fully insured Professionally and Publicly by Towergate (AXA) LS BDX 6708413 and have Enhanced CRB Certification (No: 001039080299).

Allergy information:
My practice in Stebbing is non-smoking and is also home to a cat called Delilah.


The Harley Consultancy
Harley Street

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people


Dr Peter Finlay

Dr Peter Finlay