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Dinah Purton PG Dip. BSc, Relate Qualified, Registered MBACP (Accred), MBICA

Battle TN33 & London NW5
07410 758475 07410 758475

About me

*  NOT CURRENTLY TAKING ON NEW COUPLES *

I am an integrative counsellor, psychotherapist and life coach offering friendly, professional, supportive and open-minded counselling and coaching to individuals, couples and those in non-traditional relationship arrangements. I have 15 years experience specialising in relationships and am a fertility counsellor at Harley Street Fertility Clinic and Care Fertility Tunbridge Wells, offering support and implications counselling to those undergoing fertility treatment.  I have experience in short term focussed work (I delivered NHS counselling for 4 years) which led to my training as a coach but I am equally committed to working in a long term, deeply psychotherapeutic way if that is appropriate.  With all clients, I draw on a wide range of approaches including systemic, solution-focused, CBT, person centred and coaching oriented ideas and techniques.

As a counsellor I have worked with a wide variety of private and Relate clients, been a secondary school counsellor, provided short term NHS counselling, worked with parents in a primary school, with homeless people looking to reconnect with their families and provided telephone CBT to survivors of road accidents. For the last three years I have been a fertility counsellor and am a member of BICA (British Infertility Counsellors Association).

I aim to work as inclusively as possible and have undertaken training in LGBTQI+ Inclusion and Gender Dysphoria as well as working with adults with Asperger's/High functioning autism in relationships. I have a particular interest in non-traditional relationships and alternative family structures including polyamory, platonic co-parenting, elective/non-elective single parenting and Living Apart Together. I have experience of the particular dynamics and challenges that these relationships face and aim to work with every individual and relationship by understanding the unique way in which you operate, rather than making any traditional assumptions or judgements.

As a qualified life coach I can offer stand alone coaching or bring a coaching approach to counselling both individuals and couples which looks at making practical changes, clarifying goals and focussing on the positive.

I find change happens most effectively when counsellor and clients have a good relationship and hope to provide a safe, supportive place where you really feel you can share anything. I am not judgmental or prescriptive and aim to work in a way that best suits you as an individual or couple. I am constantly fascinated by the uniqueness of every person and every relationship and am passionately committed to helping you make things work in the best way possible.

Issues I have frequently dealt with include: Communication problems; Sex & Sexuality; Bereavement; Stress; Anxiety & Depression; Anger; Affairs and non-monogamy; Work-related problems; Parenting & Step-parenting; Fertility issues including infertility and miscarriage; Self-esteem; Suicidal thoughts.

Training, qualifications & experience

BACP Accreditation
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (University of East London - Distinction)
Advanced Diploma in Life Coaching (Learning Curve - Distinction)
Advanced Certificate in Systemic Practice with Families and Couples (Institute of Family Therapy - Merit)
Graduate Certificate in Couples Counselling (Relate / University of East London)
Qualification as a Relate Counsellor (Relate)
BSc (Hons) Psychology with Philosophy (2:1)

Specialised Relate training in :
Counselling Young People
Domestic Violence & Abuse
Mental Health
Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
"Sexually Speaking" - Awareness and practice with issues of sexuality
LGBTQI+ Inclusion
Gender Dysphoria

Asperger's Syndrome and the Couple Relationship


Other training:

Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity (GSRD) - Meg-John Barker (author of the BACP's Diversity policy)
Implications and Support counselling for fertility clients
Teaching Mindfulness Skills
Working with Men in a Fertility Setting
Narrative Therapy

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

Telephone/Online: £50 individuals only

Face to face: £50 individuals / £65 couples

Suite 9
18C High St
Battle
E Sussex
TN33 0AE

155a Leighton Rd
Kentish Town
London
NW5 2RD

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

Weekdays and evenings

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Dinah Purton  PG Dip. BSc, Relate Qualified, Registered MBACP (Accred), MBICA

Dinah Purton PG Dip. BSc, Relate Qualified, Registered MBACP (Accred), MBICA