Ben Dustin - UKCP Registered
Helping you find your way.
We all feel anxious, sad, down, or stressed at times, but if you’ve been feeling these things for a long time, lacking any enjoyment with nothing to look forward to, life can feel miserable. Additionally, you may not understand why you’ve been feeling this way, but know that you just don’t feel like your usual self, and you may be feeling powerless to change how you feel, or hopeless about things getting better. You might want to talk to someone about how you’re feeling but don’t want to burden friends or family, and may feel nervous or apprehensive, or embarrassed about seeking help from a counsellor or therapist.
I’ll provide you with a space in which you feel safe, and supported to explore, express and understand your feelings in confidence and without judgment, so that together we can help you find a way through them, so that you can feel greater wellbeing and enjoyment, and discover the solutions to the problems and challenges in your life. I provide counselling and psychotherapy for individuals and couples in London (Brixton, Clapham, Streatham, and elsewhere in South West London) and online.
Choosing the right therapist or counsellor for you can be a confusing, daunting and overwhelming experience, and it can be hard to know if you will feel safe and comfortable enough with someone to share with them painful and difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences. That’s why I offer a free initial telephone consultation for up to 15 minutes so that you can see whether I might be the right kind of therapist for you. Please contact me via text, telephone or email if you would like to arrange a call with me. I look forward to hearing from you.
How I can help
I believe that with the right help everyone can find relief and freedom from their emotional suffering and effect the change they want to see in themselves, their relationships and their life. Which is why I provide the safety, support and understanding for you to work through your struggles and difficulties and heal from your pain and suffering. I’ll work with you to find solutions to the challenges and difficulties in your life, and explore new ways of looking at yourself, your relationships, and life in general.
I'll work to find the right approach for you, adapting to your individual needs in order to help you discover what you want to gain from counselling/therapy and indeed life, and how together we can help you achieve that. I believe in the importance of building a strong, supportive and non-judgmental therapy relationship in which you feel safe to share your difficulties with a trusted and experienced professional who is on your side. I also believe in the value of compassion, and place this at the centre of my work to help you find freedom from your suffering through developing a kinder and more nurturing relationship with yourself.
I use Transactional Analysis (TA) to help explore feelings, thoughts, behaviours, and relationship patterns in a way similar to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), incorporating mindfulness to facilitate awareness of thoughts and connection with feelings.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 9 years' experience of providing counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples, including 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.
- MSc (Masters Degree) in TA Psychotherapy
- Certified Transactional Analyst
- Clinical Diploma in TA Psychotherapy
- Diploma in TA Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- Registered Member (Reg. No. 2011175859) of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Men's issues, older people, couples, relationship and marital difficulties
From £65.00 to £75.00
Concessions offered for
My fee is £65 per session for individuals or £75 for couples.
During the pandemic I have some availability for a reduced fee if you are a frontline health or social care worker. Please contact me so that we can discuss your situation.
I have availability Monday to Friday office hours and Wednesday and Thursday evenings.