Darren Cheek MBACP. BA(hons). AD (Dip). CACDP L2

Darren Cheek MBACP.  BA(hons).  AD (Dip).  CACDP L2

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39 York Road

37-41 Gower Street,

07956 891110

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About me

A fully qualified and experienced, MBACP registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist working in private practice since 2009. I offer both short (6-12 sessions) and longer-term counselling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families.  With a diverse range of therapeutic experience - I am based just a few minutes from Goodge Street Underground Station WC1, and Waterloo Stations SE1. I also operate a practice in the Kings Cross and London Bridge areas.

My approach:
An experienced Humanistic Integrative Counsellor, I pride myself on practicing to the highest ethical standards and I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). This means I adhere strictly to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Code of Ethics.

With an honest and open approach, I provide a confidential, supportive and safe space - where people can discuss and explore their personal issues, their choices, their behaviours, their thoughts, their beliefs and feelings - without fear of judgement, reproach or discrimination.

People enter into counselling or psychotherapy for many different reasons – each person’s issues are unique, and so my focus is always on the individual and what they bring to the counselling room. 

As an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist my therapeutic approach draws from both the Humanistic and Psychodynamic schools of thought in dealing with issues of change or acceptance. I also draw on a number of approaches and styles of counselling to help clients explore and resolve their problems and achieve their goals and aspirations. These include Person-centred, Transactional Analysis, Existential and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles.

I also offer Skype and telephone sessions. I currently work online and telephone with clients within the UK and in various other countries around the world, including Pakistan and Kenya.

Training, qualifications & experience

Graduated with BA(hons) and have since gone onto study Counselling Skills (OCR), Counselling Studies (CPCAB Level3), Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB Advanced Level4 Diploma) and Humanistic Integrative Counselling (CPCAB Advanced Diploma).

For the past 20 years I have worked within the NHS, as a trainer in mental health and communication - working alongside patients, doctors, consultants, psychiatrists and students.

Other previous / current experience includes:

Resident Counsellor/Psychotherapist - L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ 'Free2BMe' Group (Harlow)

Resident Arts/Drama Therapist - G.L.Y.P.T (WMH Project)

Resident Counsellor/Psychotherapist - TherapyWorks Detox Centre (Pakistan)

Resident Young Persons and Children's Counsellor - various UK schools.

Counsellor in the voluntary mental health sector.

Lead Tutor - CPCAB Diploma Integrative Therapeutic Counselling.

Lead Facilitator - What Next..!? development CPD for psychotherapists, coaches and counsellors

Guest Tutor - various UK and international Psychotherapeutic Courses.

I also provide regular individual, group sessions and mediation work, for businesses, organisations and companies in the UK and abroad.

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Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

With over 21 years experience working with Children and Young People and their families - I also provide counselling services for Children and Young People, as well as Family Therapy.


Individual Counselling/Psychotherapy   £80 per session (before 9am/after 5.30pm: £90)
Couple Counselling/Psychotherapy       £100 per session (before 9am/after 5.30pm: £110)

Please note I also provide sessions at a reduced rate.  These concessions are available for students, unemployed, individuals and/or families on low income, and other individual circumstances, (as well as for Skype and telephone sessions) - please enquire for more details.

Appointments available between 7.00am - 10.00pm.

Further information

For some people, the prospect of seeking counselling can seem somewhat daunting, and for others it feels like the most natural thing in world. Therefore please do not hesitate to contact me at any time to ask any questions that you might have, to discuss your situation/circumstances, or to enquire more about about therapy and/or the way I work.

I always try to respond to any messages / emails received on the same day, and I can often see clients within 48 hours for an initial session.

Maps & Directions

London, SE1 7NQ
London, WC1E 6HH

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Yes
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes


Appointments available between 7.00am - 10.00pm. I can often see new clients within 48hours for an initial session.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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