Phil Clarkstone MSc MSc BA MBACP

Phil Clarkstone MSc MSc BA MBACP

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About me

Experience is the strongest asset of any counsellor - and we have a LOT of experience in this practice.  Over the last 18 years, this warmly-regarded service has gained a good reputation for gentle, kind and effective help for people in all sorts of difficulties - including bereavement, depression, anxiety, relationship breakdown and similar life-crisis episodes, as well as many other issues.

I have witnessed how counselling can transform the most complex emotional and practical log-jams into manageable issues.  Knowing you will be listened to by someone who cares can be transforming.  It is my strong belief - as a counsellor, supervisor, trainer and service manager - that people are best helped by transparent therapists who are sincere, warm, real and kind.

I limit my caseload to ensure everyone gets the support they deserve.

As well as my private practice, I continue to manage and innovate for a highly-regarded voluntary sector mental health service currently supporting around 500 people every year.  I have doubled the size of that service since 2004.

I have been a supervisor and trainer since 2002. I have a wide network of similarly experienced colleagues.  If I cannot help, I usually know someone else who can.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have Accredited Register status with BACP.


MSc Degree in Therapeutic Counselling 2003
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling 2000
Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills 1999
MSc Degree in the Sociology of Health 1997
Cruse Supervision 2002
Cruse Awareness in Bereavement Care 1999

BA/Hons Sociology 1993
I have undertaken many, many training sessions and courses since 1998, as well as my formal studies connected to degree work. Far too many to mention.

My Experience:

  • I gained a counselling diploma in 2000 having studied and worked in placements in the previous two years
  • I worked within a staff counselling team, on placement, within a London university, until 2003.
  • I have worked in private practice since 2002.
  • I continue to work as Manager for of a highly regarded, NHS supported, counselling service in the voluntary sector. I've been in post since 2004.
  • I am an experienced group supervisor and trainer, with experience as a counselling group facilitator.
  • I am an experienced telephone counsellor - working with Work Stress Management for some years.

Some other things:

  • I have served on the Greenwich Council Emergency Planning and Liaison Group from 2005 to 2010, and also of the Greenwich Safeguarding Children Child Death Overview Panel until 2014.
  • In 2007, I worked with Prof Colin Murray-Parkes to deliver a conference on Love and Loss at the University of Greenwich
  • I am a contributor to the international academic journal Bereavement Care in Practice
  • In 2015, among other projects, I devised "Into The Forest of Loss", a creative visualization using walking, poetry and prose, to facilitate and support healthy grief.
  • My projects in 2016 included developing therapeutic work in a prison setting, in 2017 evolving a model for therapeutic walking to support bereaved people that is now widely regarded as a ground-breaking new approach to bereavement support.
  • I coordinate a widely-regarded all-abilities volunteer cycling project for people with autism, physical and learning to participate in a mainstream cycling club.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a special interest in the following topics:

  • Bereavement
  • Suicide
  • Divorce
  • Anxiety
  • Existential Terror
  • Acceptance
  • High Functioning Autism

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  • Room at Counselling South London
  • Counselling South London
  • Our building in Eltham


  • For individuals: before 6pm £50 after 6pm £60 (a concessionary rate is available in special cases)

    For companies: Please contact me on 07876 343669 to discuss your needs.

Further information

The rooms at Counselling South London are used exclusively by myself, and my colleague, Jane Sturtridge. The consulting rooms are calm and secluded, and designed for the purpose of encouraging a sense of retreat and calm. They are sited in a quiet residential area of Eltham.

Jane Sturtridge is my direct colleague. She is a highly experienced counsellor and I have no hesitation in recommending her: read more about her on our website (link on this page) or by looking at her entry on Counselling Directory.

I do not work with couples - although I do work with individuals who are in couple counselling elsewhere.

Maps & Directions

London, SE9
Blackheath, SE3

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Available from 8am to 9pm on weekdays.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I trained as a supervisor in 2002.

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