Living in London can be hard in so many ways. If you are also overwhelmed by difficult events, painful memories, a dark cloud of feelings, or repetitive, anxious thoughts and behaviours, it can be so much harder.
However, counselling or longer-term psychotherapy can make a great difference to your sense of well-being and your ability to cope with adverse circumstances. Through therapy it is possible to start feeling positive about life once more.
I have particular experience working with people who are going through times of depression, anxiety or stress. I bring over 20 years of experience to my work and believe passionately in the transformational effect of counselling and psychotherapy.
Many techniques may be useful in counselling. But ultimately it's the power of the good 'therapeutic relationship' between counsellor and client, which underpins successful counselling.
Venue and Price
Counselling sessions take place in a quiet, relaxed room, only 5 minutes walk from Bethnal Green station. Sessions cost £70 and last about 50 minutes.
Generally people come for an initial session and at the end of that decide how they want to proceed. It's very usual to opt for a 'course' of six sessions, one a week, which can be renewed when completed.
Alternately, some people prefer to have ongoing psychotherapy for anything from a few months to a year or more.
Whatever your needs, I will be happy to hear from you. For a no-obligation chat about how therapy can help you, please ring 078969 19141.
'When I have been listened to and when I have been heard, I am able to re-perceive my world in a new way and to go on. It is astonishing how elements that seem insoluble become soluble when someone listens, how confusions that seem irremediable turn into relatively clear flowing streams when one is heard.'
Carl Rogers, the founder of person-centred therapy
Some recent client comments:
'Stephen's insight, sensitivity and skill have helped me to achieve my goal. His non-judgemental attitude always made me feel at ease during the sessions. I found him to be an excellent counsellor.' - Richard
I began seeing Stephen at a difficult time in my life following illness. His gentle approach, challenging my thoughts and preconceptions and encouraging words have helped me greatly and led me to changes that I otherwise would not have had the energy or courage to make. Although I still feel at the start of my journey, I believe the lessons I have learned will equip me for my future path. - Ann
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 20 years' experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist working in London and in rural Cornwall.
I have worked with teenagers as well as adults, individuals and couples, at a young person's support and advice centre, a doctor's surgery, in private practice and at a Natural Health centre.
Certificate in Focusing Skills
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, CPCAB
Certificate in Life Coaching
Combined Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory
MA in English, Oxford University
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions are available Tuesday to Friday, daytimes and evenings.
I also offer Life Coaching particularly aimed at creative people - please see realityshift.co.uk for more details.