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About me

Change is possible.

Are you suffering from feelings of anxiety, depression, sadness, stress, anger or low self worth?  Or perhaps you are troubled by intrusive thoughts and obsessions which prevent you from feeling peaceful or calm.  Or maybe you are experiencing difficulties in the relationships in your life.  These things can make life feel miserable, especially if you don't fully understand why you're suffering and feel powerless to change things.   I’ve helped people work through and overcome a range of difficulties to feel greater peace, freedom and emotional wellbeing, so that they can get more enjoyment and fulfilment out of life and achieve their highest potential.

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 have over 9 years’ experience helping individuals and couples find solutions to their problems and feel better about themselves and life.

I work collaboratively 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 therapeutic alliance in which you feel safe to explore 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 people alleviate suffering through developing a kinder relationship with themselves and others.

I use Transactional Analysis (TA) to help explore feelings, thoughts, behaviours, and relationship patterns in a way similar to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), incorporating a mindful approach to facilitate awareness of thoughts and connection with feelings.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • 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).

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

UKCP

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.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Older people, couples, relationship and marital difficulties

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

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.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

21 Effra Parade
London
SW2 1PX

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Availability

I have availability Monday to Friday office hours and Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

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Ben Dustin - UKCP Registered

Ben Dustin - UKCP Registered