Ben Dustin (Dip. Couns., Reg. MBACP)
We all experience difficulties in our lives, but these are often made worse by the ideas, assumptions and beliefs we hold about ourselves, other people, relationships, and life in general, which inform how we think, feel and behave. Most often we are unaware of these ideas, and so they go unchallenged, meaning that if they are unhelpful, we can find ourselves living in a way which causes pain and suffering. I'll work with you to gain awareness of these assumptions in order to examine their accuracy and usefulness, and so that healthier and more realistic ways of viewing yourself and the world can be explored, which can help you to lead a happier and more fulfilling and satisfying life. I believe that it is only through accepting our difficulties that we are able to work through and gain freedom from them. Above all, I believe in the importance of developing acceptance and compassion for ourselves and others.
I work in a collaborative way to ensure a safe and trusting relationship, so that we can work together to understand your difficulties, their meaning for you and their impact on your life, as well as deciding on what you want from counselling and therapy. I believe in the importance of the relationship between therapist and client, and in finding a way of working that is suited to your individual needs and personal style. I believe it is important to establish and develop a strong working relationship, one in which you feel as comfortable as possible to share your difficult thoughts and feelings. I provide Transactional Analysis (TA) counselling and psychotherapy to help you through a range of difficulties in order to work through your suffering and make change in your life.
I work on a short and long-term basis with individuals and couples at the Awareness Centre in Tooting, London SW17. I am a qualified counsellor with a Diploma in TA Psychotherapeutic Counselling, and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in TA Psychotherapeutic Counselling from Metanoia Institute and am a registered member (Reg. No. 266516) of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
I am currently in the final year of a Masters in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (in TA training as a transactional analyst). My experience includes counselling individuals at a London branch of the charity Mind, and as a volunteer listener helping callers in despair and distress at the Samaritans, as well as having practised using TA to work with couples in their relationship difficulties.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Older people, couples, relationship and marital difficulties
My regular fee is £55 per session for individuals or £65 for couples.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client