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Benedict Hoff Ph.D, MBACP

Sumner Road, London (Greater), SE15
07968 381783 07968 381783

About me

"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 psychodynamic and mindfulness-based approaches as well as schema therapy,  to tailor my way of working to suit your particular needs.

I work with a range of issues in particular: anxiety, depression, addiction, stress, sexual and gender identity, psychosexual issues, relationships, long-term health conditions and chronic pain.

What can I expect?

Counselling is about supporting you to move from where you 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 as is beneficial for you.

My background

I’m a BACP-registered counsellor,  mindfulness practitioner and a trainee psychosexual therapist with a background as a lecturer/researcher in gender and sexuality studies.

I work as Clinical Lead for Mental Health for a leading London sexual health charity and where I head up counselling and psychotherapy as well as a Public Health England mindfulness-based addiction recovery programme in my private psychotherapy practice from my home in Peckham.

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

  • Diploma in Clinical Sexology (In training at CICS)
  • Clinical Lead for Mental Health (SPECTRA CIC)
  • 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)

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & 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

  • Addiction
  • Chemsex
  • Chronic-Fatigue Syndrome
  • M.E.
  • Chronic pain
  • Burnout
  • Psychosexual issues
  • Gay lesbian and queer issues
  • Transgender and non-binary issues

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Schema Therapy


Initial 20-minute telephone consultation: FREE

Subsequent sessions: (50 minutes): £65

I offer reduced rates  for those specifically seeking psychosexual therapy whilst I am in training

Sumner Road
London (Greater)

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Portuguese and Spanish


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Early mornings and evenings Tuesday-Friday

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Benedict Hoff Ph.D, MBACP

Benedict Hoff Ph.D, MBACP