Erika Lawal UKCP
There's a first time for everything. Most newcomers to counselling & psychotherapy start out feeling a little intimidated by the idea of this rather mysterious process. I aim to demystify what I do - clients often comment on what they describe as a down-to-earth and accessible approach. My aim is ultimately to help you understand yourself and your behaviour. I feel that goal is best achieved by working in a non-threatening, straightforward and inclusive way.
Based within easy reach of Ashford, Folkestone, Canterbury & Dover, I have developed a practice which is the product of 25+ years' experience of person-to-person work in statutory, voluntary and commercial organisations as well as in private practice.
My practice, The Therapy Hour offers a range of psychotherapy, counselling, coaching, supervision and consultancy services, from telephone, online and face-to-face individual counselling, to work with couples, groups and organisations.
Derived from an integrative approach to psychotherapy and counselling, my aim is to shape my practice and methodology to the unique needs of each client, rather than attempting to shoehorn people into a pre-determined way of working. The formulation of an individual package based on feedback from the most recent research starts from the very first moment you contact me, when I begin assessing what you might require.
Integral to my work is the need to practise in the context of a real world outside the therapy room. I work with an awareness of the importance of identity and culture in helping to shape a sense of self and therefore welcome the opportunity help clients explore issues relevant to women, Black people, people with disabilities, lesbians, bisexual, gay and transgendered people.
Whether you are interested in working with me as a private individual or as an organisation, your first point of contact will usually be an email or telephone call. We will usually spend some time on the telephone discussing your needs in an attempt to establish whether I am the right person to work with you. If I am are unable to help, I will do my best to refer you to a practitioner or service that can.
If I think I am able to provide the kind of service you are looking for, I will invite you to an assessment or consultancy session. This is not normally a session for I charge.
I regard your initial assessment session as an opportunity for us both to assess whether counselling or therapy is something from which you would benefit, and if so, in what form. You will normally have completed a questionnaire prior to attending for your assessment. This gives me some basic background information with which to work.
At the end of the assessment, I will offer some preliminary feedback about what I have observed during the session, and will advise you as to whether or not I believe therapy would be beneficial. Many clients who are deemed suitable wish to make an appointment to begin work there and then, while others prefer to go away and think about it. I'm more than happy that you should do this - in fact I encourage you to visit more than one potential therapist before making a firm commitment, since your relationship with your therapist will be the most important element in the potential success or failure of the work you undertake.
I would normally expect you to commit to an initial 6 sessions of work, usually (although not always) occurring once weekly. I find this often proves sufficient for those bringing relatively simple issues. For others, the six sessions offers a time-limited introduction to counselling and therapy, during which period I am able to assess needs and preferred style of working in more detail. For such clients, the review which takes place at the end of the initial period allows them to examine what they have achieved thus far and to consider what remains to be worked on. If we decide to continue, we will formulate a plan for continued work, usually in an open-ended contract
As a UKCP-accredited supervisor, I offer both clinical and non-clinical supervision to individual practitioners, groups and teams. I have extensive experience of working with counsellors and therapists in training, as well as those of are fully qualified. My supervision style one in which I will take on various roles: consultant, counsellor or teacher as required, providing a framework in which reflective practice is paramount, all with an overview which takes account of the complex, diverse world in which we live.
Training, qualifications & experience
B.A (Hons.) Sociology & Social Policy
Post-Graduate Diploma Integrative Psychotherapy
Certificate Working With Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
Group Schema Therapy
Introduction To CBT
ReWInd for PSTD
Yoga For Anxiety
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
BodyMind Walk & Talk (Nordic Walking)
Yoga for the Mind
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
Private Individuals & Couples - £60.00 - 50 minutes (Some reduced-cost spaces when available)
Individual Supervision - 70.00 - 60 minutes. Reduced costs for trainees on request.
Organisational Supervision - £75.00 - 60 minutes
Organisational Consultancy and Training - Prices on request
Availability on request.