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MBACP (Accred) BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist BSc (Hons)

About me

I am a very experienced Psychodynamic Counsellor and BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist. I have been   described by many clients as being an excellent, warm and empathetic therapist.
LOW COST COUNSELLING AND CBT IS OFFERED according to income and financial commitment.
AT THE MOMENT DUE TO COVID-19, sessions are by remote on the phone, facetime , what's app and zoom  . I will be returning to face to face  sessions soon.
Reasonable fees: £45 - According to income and financial commitments.

CBT fees : £50

Telephone CBT therapy and counselling is available.
Skype CBT Therapy and counselling sessions are available throughout UK and around the world

My name is Pauline Drizen and I am a very experienced counsellor, qualified in Psychodynamic Counselling and am a BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist in North West London and Middlesex.
I practice in Mill Hill and Edgware.

In this difficult economic climate, I specialize in redundancy issues,career counselling and CVs,debt management,retraining and how to empower individuals to adapt,adjust, survive and move forward in their lives.

I specialize in couple counselling,insomnia ,anger management, relationship issues, abuse,bereavement, psychosexual therapy, personality disorders, eating disorders,addictions-drinking problems, drugs,smoking,internet addictions, retail therapy, and gambling. Depression, anxiety, phobias, OCD , sexual issues, low self-esteem, pregnancy, child related problems, career counselling, phobias, CBT, work related issues,trauma, stress, and postnatal depression, trauma, Dementia, schizophrenia and autism (including Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD and ADD). I am also an experienced supervisor.

I currently work for in EAPs (Employee Assistance programmes) concerning workplace issues- bullying and harassment, trauma,stress,redundancy and personal issues including couple counselling, bereavement and relationships..
Rehabilitation - to empower employees to return to work is a major part of this work.
Another important area of my work is medical legal work including road accidents ,
personal injuries and workplace injuries. I work with insurance companies,psychological services, rehabilitation, medico-legal companies and solicitors. I also work with asylum seekers .

I became a counsellor because I had bereavement counselling following my father's death from cancer. I found this counselling very helpful and supportive and I wanted to help other people to ensure that they too could benefit from counselling too. I believe that we have inherent personal resources to cope with life's demands and issues but sometimes we need extra support. We are all individuals with our own different personalities and issues.

I am based in Edgware in North West London. I am available as a one-to-one counsellor in London on weekdays, evenings and I have some weekend slots too.
I also practice family therapy.Telephone and online counselling are available. I also am a facilitator for group counselling.

Counselling can be a tremendous help if you have problems. You can benefit from talking through and exploring your thoughts and feelings. This talking therapy can help you to offload your burdens and problems. Most people experience emotional difficulties at some point in their lives which can be resolved without professional help. However, some difficulties cannot easily be resolved and seeing a suitably qualified therapist can be very useful during these periods.

Therapy provides time for deep self-reflection. It always provides an opportunity to discover often complex and largely unknown ways in which past experiences are unhelpfully influencing the present. This can inhibit intellectual and emotional development.

CBT can also help with coping strategies in your life. CBT is extremely useful in reducing anxiety particularly panic attacks, phobias, OCD ,social anxiety, health anxiety,road traffic anxiety and low self-esteem, PTSD (Post traumatic Stress Disorder). Also, CBT is a very useful tool to help combat depression ,eating disorders and anger management. I also do stress management.

I am also very experienced in relationship and couple counselling. Also, I counsel adolescents.
I am also the therapist of trainee counsellors.

As well as working in my private practice, I work in a GPs practice. I trained at Highgate Counselling Centre which over a long period of time, gave me the opportunity of working with clients of all ages and all different issues. I also worked at Age Concern with the elderly and at Barnet Carers. I work for Mind as an assessor for individuals with mental health issues.

Also, I worked at Brent Alcohol Counselling Services , with clients with alcohol dependency and helping them to reduce their drinking and finally abstain. Also, I work with adolescents and adults with drug problems to help them reduce and finally abstain and face their issues.
I also supervise other counsellors both in an agency setting and also privately.
Also, I work as an affiliate counsellor for EAPs (Employer Assisted Programmes) dealing with issues in the workplace like stress management,critical incident debriefing, bullying, work phobia, redundancy and career counselling. I specialize in road traffic anxiety and other traumas like rape, domestic violence and bereaveements,also performance anxiety and stress management. I practice stress management using breathing exercises and visualization.
I am also an EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) Practitioner specializing in Trauma.
I am also working as a facilitator in Domestic Violence groups for Harrow PCT and worked at BACS as a facilitator for a carer's group for substance abusers .

Training, qualifications & experience

Post graduate Certificate in CBT at MSc level
BABCP Full Accreditation
BACP Accredited Counsellor.
MBACP (Accred).
BACP registered Counsellor
UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor.
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling,
BSc (Hons) degree.
Post Qualifiying Certificate in CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy).
Certificate in Supervision
EMDR Practitioner (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
Certificate in Telephone Counselling
Professional Trainer's Certificate
Certificate in Bereavement Counselling.
I abide by the Code of Conduct and Ethics of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)and BABCP.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.


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

Couple Counselling
Domestic violence
Panic Attacks
Low Self Esteem
Weight Problems
EAP(Employee assisted programes)
Medical legal work -road traffic accidents,
personal injuries and accidents at work
Parents of children with learning problems
Chronic Pain
Financial problems
Heart problems
Retirement Counselling
Family therapy
Road Traffic Anxiety
Rehabilitation-back to work


Additional information

£45 per session depending on income and financial circumstances.

CBT Fees: £50

I am recognised as a Health  provider for Aviva, WPA, Cigna, Healix, Vitality

and AXA.

When I work

I am available during the day and evenings and some times at the weekend.

Further information

My private practices are based in Edgware and Bushey near to Golders Green, Hampstead, Hendon, Mill Hill, Stanmore, Barnet, Elstree, Radlett, Harrow,Hatch End , Pinner . I work for several organizations as a CBT Therapist and Counsellor

Parking is available and it is easy to reach on the Northern Line, at Edgware Station and on the Jubilee line at Canons Park Station. It is only a few minutes walk from either station.

If you decide that counselling is for you, we can meet to discuss this. The standard procedure is to meet once a week for therapy in Edgware at the same time. Some clients decide that they would like to meet twice a week.
Each session lasts for 50 minutes and appointments can be made most weekdays and some evenings.
How long counselling lasts depends on many variables. However, we can agree to certain goals and regularly review progress.
Short term counselling lasts 6 to 12 sessions or long term counselling for an extended period of time.

Your particular difficulties and needs provide the focus for the Initial Consultation. This session will help you to explore your immediate concerns and if counselling or CBT could be of help to you. Strict confidentiality is maintained according to the BACP Code of Ethics. Ongoing session times are 50 minutes long.
Counselling and CBT sessions are offered on weekdays in the day and evenings and some weekend sessions. Session times are flexible to meet client's availability and fit in with their work and personal commitments.

17 Dorset Drive, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7NT

Churchill House Management Ltd, 120 Bunns Lane, London, NW7 2AS

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Access is available for the disabled.

Additional languages

French , German,


In person

I am a very experienced counsellor and supervisor and I offer supervision at a low cost.

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