Phil Clarkstone MSc MSc BA MBACP
We offer Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp and telephone support. As soon as the restrictions are lifted, we will return to our lovely premises!
I have been in psychotherapeutic practice for 19 years. My warmly-regarded service has gained a firm reputation for providing a sound and grounded place-to-be for people struggling with the trials of life. I have worked with many, many issues, but my experience in bereavement work is immense. Such knowledge is essential in the successful management of life-changes like bereavement, but also divorce, relationship breakdown, illness, redundancy, promotion, and retirement - to name but a few.
It is my strong belief 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 lead a highly respected, innovative and thriving voluntary sector mental health service. We currently support around 500 people every year and our primary source of referrals is from GPs and health professionals. I have doubled the size of the service since 2004, and have secured funding from a clinical commissioning group in every year. We also offer placements to university students in that context.
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.
- 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 the present, 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 am also a photographer.
- I coordinate a widely-regarded all-abilities volunteer cycling project for people with autism, physical and learning to participate in a mainstream cycling club.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a special interest in the following topics:
- Existential Terror
- For individuals: £60
- For companies: Please contact me on 07876 343669 to discuss your needs.
Whilst we are in lockdown, I am offering Skype and phone support.
My 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.
I do not work with couples - although I do work with individuals who are in couple counselling elsewhere.
Parking is easy, I am a short walk from Eltham railway station.