Ben Douch MBACP - experienced online Mindfulness Psychotherapist
Hi, my name is Ben - I am a mindfulness-based integrative therapist.
I would just like to begin with a brief acknowledgement of the current impact of the coronavirus. The world is experiencing an unprecedented moment. Have we ever been so acutely aware of our interconnectedness, while at the same time required to separate ourselves from one another. You may be experiencing many different emotions right now. From fear to fascination, anger and frustration, loss and sadness. Whether that be directly related to the virus or its impact on you and society more widely. You may also be apprehensive about social distancing and self-isolation, or quarantine if required, and wondering how you will manage.
My intention is to continue to support others in this present moment. In terms of any practical changes to how I work please note I am only offering online therapy to new clients.
Should I choose online therapy?
With the outbreak of the coronavirus, and the potential for self-isolation and quarantine, you may find online therapy is the only way to meet with a therapist. For many, due to its convenience, seeing a therapist online has become the norm. Perhaps travelling isn’t easy for an individual, or they may wish to work with a specific therapist who isn’t local to them. For some it’s more about comfort and safety, being in a setting which gives them a little more distance and control allowing a greater openness to the therapy process.
If you choose this approach, it’s good to work with a therapist who has some experience of online therapy and whom uses a secure communication platform. Surprisingly, software you might be familiar with such as Skype, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime are not recommended for use by therapists. This is because they aren’t considered to meet the highest standard for security, data protection, privacy and encryption (something known as HIPAA compliance). I personally use VSee and Zoom which meet the confidentiality requirements, are free to download, and simple to setup.
And if you were wondering whether online therapy ‘works’, there have been numerous studies showing it can be equally as effective as face-to-face therapy.
I currently have two online therapy options available:
- 50 minute video-call sessions at £60
- 50 minute instant messaging sessions at £40
My therapeutic approach and how I work
At the heart of our struggle is often a wish for things to be different.
In therapy, we bring awareness to your experience and, without judgement, begin to accept things as they are in this moment.
This doesn't mean giving up, it's about loosening the struggle and creating some space to notice the repetitive cycle we can become trapped in.
In this space, we give ourselves the chance to be more intentional, with our thinking and our attitude, developing the necessary agency to manifest the change we desire.
If you wish, we can use mindfulness activities during the session or discuss goals for you outside of our work.
I am particularly interested in working with
- The development of self-worth, through acceptance and self-compassion, to help those who struggle with feelings of anxiety and depression
- The complexity of relationship difficulties, whether that be in creating, maintaining, or letting go
Where do the sessions take place?
My therapy room is at my home in De Beauvoir, just to the north-east of central London. It's in zone two on the border of Hackney and Islington, five minutes walk from Haggerston London Overground station which can be easily accessed from Highbury and Islington station. Nearby postcodes include N1, N5, E8, E2, E1 and EC.
For those who wish to work with me via online therapy, we’ll connect using a secure communication platform, either VSee or Zoom.
What happens next?
If you are interested in finding out more about therapy, have any questions, or would like to book a consultation session, please click here to send me an email or give me a call for a chat on: 07903 496992
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, with a foundation degree in counselling and diplomas in therapeutic counselling and relational mindfulness. I have been working as a therapist for more than four years.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). The BACP is the largest professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy in the UK. They set the standards, values, and ethical guidelines by which therapists work to.
As part of my therapeutic approach I draw on my experience of Psychodynamic and Person centred theory, Acceptance and commitment therapy, and Mindfulness based cognitive therapy.
Here are examples of some issues I have worked with:
- Fear and anxiety, including generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and panic attacks
- Health anxiety
- Sadness and depression, including postnatal depression
- Isolation, uncertainty, and the loss of routine
- Low self-esteem or confidence
- Health anxiety
- Relationship issues and difficulties
- Family issues
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- The end of a relationship, separation and divorce
- Feeling confused, indecisive, stuck
- Feeling chaotic, overwhelmed, out of control
- A sense of un-fulfilment
- Shame, guilt and anger
- Feeling suicidal
- Sexual abuse
You can also find me on the #1 meditation and sleep app, Insight Timer. Here you can listen to content I've created, including breathing meditations and talks about discovering your true self and compassion.
You can follow me @ www.insighttimer.com/bendouch
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
Each session is 50 minutes in duration.
Our initial session, which we'll use to find out whether we would like to work together, is:
- £40 (for online therapy via video-call)
- £30 (for online therapy via instant messaging).
Each session after the initial consultation is:
- £60 (for online therapy via video-call and current face-to-face clients)
- £40 (for online therapy via instant messaging).
I offer a concession rate for counselling students. Please contact me for details.