Benedict Hoff Ph.D, MBACP
Training & Resource Centre
St Charles Centre For Health & Wellbeing
"The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention" – Richard Moss
You may be feeling stuck in a particular aspect of your life or be experiencing an underlying sense of unhappiness or anxiety. Or perhaps you want to work through something that's happened in the past. Or maybe you just want to get to know yourself better.
I take a creative, proactive approach to counselling to help you find a way forwards and support you becoming the person you want to be and living the life you want to lead. I draw on humanistic, psychodynamic and mindfulness-based approaches to tailor my way of working to suit your particular needs.
I work with a range of issues in particular: anxiety, depression, stress, sexuality and psychosexual issues, gender identity, long-term health conditions and chronic pain.
What can I expect?
Counselling is about supporting (and challenging!) you moving from where are to where you want to be. The first few sessions usually involve getting a clearer picture of your hopes and desires. Once we know what we're working towards we can think together about a plan for getting there. This can involve:
- Becoming more conscious of relational patterns, thought processes and behaviours that are keeping you stuck
- Increasing your capacity to sit with and process difficult feelings and emotions
- Turning down the volume on your inner critic and increasing self-compassion
- Working through unfinished business from the past including loss and trauma
- Increasing your 'tool box' of supportive strategies and resources you can draw on when our work is over.
Counselling can be an organic free-flowing process or more explicitly structured and goal-orientated. I view a warm, holding and collaborative therapeutic relationship as central to the work. The patterns which inform your life 'outside' will often play out in the counselling room itself so the client-counsellor relationship is an ideal vehicle through which to work things through.
What's the next step?
Usually we'll schedule a free 20-minute telephone conversation to discuss your needs, followed by an initial 90-minute face-to-face meeting. This is for me to find out more about you, and for you to get a sense of how I work.
Sometimes we might come to the conclusion that you'll be better supported by another professional and in that case we can think together about an onward referral.
However, if it feels right, we can schedule a regular time to meet, usually once a week for 50 minutes for as long is beneficial for you.
I’m a BACP-registered counsellor and Breathworks-accredited mindfulness teacher with a background as a lecturer/researcher in gender and sexuality studies.
I work for SPECTRA CIC managing and delivering counselling provision as part of an integrated sexual health service whilst running a private practice based in Wandsworth Town and Ladbroke Grove.
I'm also an Associate Mindfulness Teacher with Breathworks, with a specialism in teaching mindfulness-based approaches to managing stress, pain and illness.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Counsellor and Clinical Manager (SPECTRA CIC on behalf of CLCH and Wandsworth Council)
- Post-Qualification Diploma in Schools and Adolescent Counselling (Metanoia Institute: near completion)
- Research Associate in Mindfulness and Therapeutic Landscapes (Sheffield University)
- Professional Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling (Mary Ward Centre)
- Integrative Counsellor (West London Centre for Counselling/West London IAPT)
- Mindfulness Teacher Training: Introductory and Advanced Levels (Breathworks)
- Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling (LC&CTA)
- Ph.D. in Gender/Sexuality Studies (Latin American Focus) (University of Liverpool)
- BA(Hons) in Latin American Studies (University of Leeds)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Behaviour problems
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Gay lesbian and queer issues
Transgender and non-binary issues
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
Initial 20-minute telephone consultation: FREE
Initial session (assessment): (90 minutes): £35
Subsequent sessions: (50 minutes): £50
There may be some concessions available for students or the unemployed.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytimes/Evenings in Wandsworth Town (Wed/Fri) and Ladbroke Grove (Tues)
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|