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Asking for help can be tough. But counselling, or longer-term psychotherapy, can help you come out of difficult times and find greater happiness in day-to-day life. It can bring about the changes that you’re looking for.
Some of the many benefits of seeing a counsellor are:
breaking out of the dead-end cycle of anxious thoughts and feelings.
dissolving the heavy cloud of depression.
letting go of difficult experiences and feelings in the past and moving on.
understanding yourself better.
regaining (or finding for the first time) a feeling of contentment about your life.
Counselling is accepting and non-judgmental. Each counselling session is a chance to explore how you feel, to work out why things are as they are and to see what needs to be different. You may notice patterns that repeat themselves in your life. Together we’ll look at both the recent past and much further back, so that you can understand your life better.
The counselling process helps you come to terms with who you are and the position you are in right now. You can then work out what new choices you want to make and take action to improve your life.
Venue and Price
In-person sessions take place only in London, where I have a quiet, light counselling room. It's only 5 minutes walk from Bethnal Green station and slightly more from Cambridge Heath Overground station.
I also offer online sessions in London - and worldwide.
All sessions cost £75 and last about 50 minutes.
You may want to come for an initial session and at the end of that decide how to proceed. There's no pressure and you can go away and take your time making a decision.
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 therapy for anything from a few months to a year or more.
Whatever your needs, I will be happy to hear from you. For a free 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
Counselling really works.
But you don’t need to take my word for it. Here are a few testimonials I’ve received from former clients.
“Counselling with Stephen gently challenged my thoughts and preconceptions …It helped me greatly and led me to changes that I otherwise would not have had the energy or courage to make.” – Ann
“Working with Stephen over the course of a 5 year period changed my life to the point where I was able to achieve things I’d previously thought unimaginable. In the most thoughtful, caring and approachable manner, Stephen allowed me to open up and explore complex thoughts and experiences leading back to my early childhood, with patience and empathy. I credit the work we did together very highly and would recommend Stephen to anyone seeking help processing difficult life experiences.” – James
“I started seeing Stephen because I was at a low point, unhappy with myself and my work life and weary of feeling the way I did. Counselling made a huge difference. My time seeing Stephen has helped me to understand myself better – in particular, what I find satisfying and what really makes me happier.” – Kate
“Counselling with Stephen has been literally life-changing for me. I no longer experience fear, anxiety or panic attacks (as I did, for years, on a daily basis). What I do experience now, as an underlying thread, is a real, palpable, regained joy in my life.” – Philippa
“I started counselling with Stephen as my anxieties were holding me back both professionally and in my personal life…I felt truly muddled and helpless. In our sessions Stephen helped me to explore my thoughts and feelings and understand them so that I could see life in a new and positive way. Thanks for all your help Stephen.” – Joe
“I now have a ‘superpower’ of being able to recognise when I am letting stress or anxiety take over, and while that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen – I’m now able to, with Stephen’s tools and words of wisdom, navigate my stresses way more than I ever thought I could. Stephen is also very clever at guiding me towards reaching my own conclusions and there have been several breakthrough moments where I’ve uncovered the reasons, causes and consequences behind some of the biggest worries in my life. Genuinely life changing.” Ben
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 20 years' experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist working both 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 Online Counselling
EMCC Advanced Diploma in Coaching
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
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.
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£75.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
If your financial circumstances become difficult during the period of counselling, I will do my best to make the sessions affordable for you, so that we can continue the work that we have begun.
When I work
Sessions are available Tuesday to Friday, daytimes and evenings.
I offer online sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. I offer in-person sessions on Thursday and Friday.
I also offer coaching - including life coaching and coaching aimed at supporting creative people.