Ben Crawshaw BSc (Hons) MA MBACP
I'm providing sessions online, via secure video call and over the phone at the present time. If money is a concern, I'm offering concessions for key workers, anyone on a low income and students.
You may appear to those around you to be functioning but privately harbour feelings that leave you overwhelmed, anxious and confused. Despite having tried your best to change and make life better, you may feel stuck and unsure of the best way forward.
It might feel like your past is affecting you and influencing your behaviour in ways you wouldn't necessarily choose. You may have doubts about your identity, feel insecure and lack confidence.
You could be struggling to come to terms with painful experiences of loss and change that are challenging your ability to cope.
My approach to helping you make sense of distressing and confusing circumstances is influenced by existential and psychoanalytic thinking. I offer a therapeutic dialogue that supports you to begin addressing challenging areas of your life.
Therapy offers the opportunity to re-assess previously adopted beliefs and values, ideas about your self and life that may or may not still serve you. Knowing what's important now helps to open up new choice and possibility, even in areas that had felt stuck. Through growing awareness of past and present patterns, its possible to bring relief from repetitive thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
Whilst theory and clinical experience are essential however, its the quality of the human relationship that we create together that allows for something different to happen. There are some elements of this relationship that are important, such as trust and the valuing of understanding.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed a four year MA in Psychological Counselling at Regent's University, School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology. I previously gained my undergraduate degree at University of Surrey, achieving BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Counselling.
As well as maintaining a private practice, I've worked in the NHS in several hospital psychotherapy departments, in primary care and in charitable organisations.
I oversaw a therapy service in a large senior school and worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team covering four London boroughs in a complex needs Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).
I continue to hold positions in educational settings, providing therapeutic interventions for children, young people and parents, and supervision for trainee therapists.
Developing an increasing interest in early years development and its continuing influence across the lifespan, I'm currently undertaking an MA at the renowned Tavistock and Portman NHS trust.
I've been a mindfulness practitioner for over 10 years and have explored embodiment in a variety of ways. My client work is informed by an awareness of what our bodies tell us about our experience.
Prior to my professional training I studied music.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £75 per session.
I offer a number of reduced fee daytime sessions for key workers, students and those on low incomes. I usually discuss the possibility of a reduced fee at initial assessment.
Concessions offered for
Deciding to begin therapy and finding a therapist can be a daunting process. Feeling sceptical or apprehensive is to be expected when seeking a professional to help with personal issues; its important to find someone you feel comfortable engaging with.
If you're considering working with me, or would like to arrange an initial meeting, please feel free to contact me via email or phone. If I can't be reached immediately, I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
My practise is based in the peaceful Queen's Gate conservation area of South Kensington, a short walk from Gloucester Road station.