Ben Dustin (Dip. Couns., Reg. MBACP) - Counselling & Psychotherapy
Hello and welcome. Seeking help can be daunting, especially if you don’t understand why you’re unhappy or are experiencing difficulty in your relationships, and life can feel difficult and painful if you feel stuck in your unhappiness and that things can’t be any different. I help empower people to lift themselves out of anxiety, depression, feeling sad, obsessions, sex and relationship difficulties, codependency, low confidence/self-worth/self-esteem, or any other issue causing suffering and stopping them enjoying life and achieving their highest potential. I work collaboratively, building a safe and trusting relationship in which we can understand your difficulties, their meaning for you and their impact on your life, in order that we can help you find different ways of being leading to greater peace, happiness and fulfillment.
How I work
We all experience pain and difficulty in our lives, but this is often made worse by thoughts and beliefs about ourselves, others, relationships, and life in general which cause emotional suffering. I'll help you explore these assumptions and beliefs and their origins, so that together we can help you find healthier and more positive alternatives, leading to greater relationships, wellbeing and enjoyment of life. I'll also provide you with a safe and supportive environment in which you can feel, understand and heal from your pain.
I use Transactional Analysis (TA) to help you explore your feelings, thoughts, behaviours, and relationship patterns in a way similar to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), building a strong therapeutic relationship to find a way of working suited to your individual needs, also using mindfulness to help you become aware of your thoughts and connect with your feelings.
I work on a short and long-term basis with individuals and couples at the Awareness Centre in Tooting, London SW4 and SW17, and also online.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in TA Psychotherapeutic Counselling from the Metanoia Institute and am a registered member (Reg. No. 266516) of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
I have over 8 years experience of providing counselling and therapy to individuals and couples, including providing counselling and psychotherapy to individuals at London branches of the charities Mind and Age UK, and as a volunteer listener helping callers in despair and distress at the Samaritans. I am currently in the final year of a Masters in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (in TA training as a transactional analyst).
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Older people, couples, relationship and marital difficulties
My fee is £60 per session for individuals or £70 for couples.