Darren Cheek

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MBACP. BA(hons). AD (Dip). CACDP L2
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London, SE1 1HR
Available for new clients
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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 walk from London Bridge Station, SE1.

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 online 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 25 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.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

With over 25 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.


£90.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Individual Counselling/Psychotherapy   £90 per session 
Couple Counselling/Psychotherapy       £130 per session   (90mins)

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 online and telephone sessions) - please enquire for more details.

Appointments available between 7.00am - 10.00pm.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

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

Further information

For some people, the prospect of seeking therapy 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.

175 - 177 Borough High Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 1HR

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
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Additional languages

BSL (British Sign Language)

Online platforms

Microsoft Teams