Beverley Blackman, Clinical Director, Qualified Supervisor, UKCP Psychotherapist
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: I am currently working by media such as Skype, Facetime or Zoom in an effort to keep everyone as safe as possible. New online appointments are available during this time.
Hello, and thank you for looking at my profile. It can be a confusing and daunting time when you first make the decision to begin therapy; or equally you may experience a sense of relief that you are taking a step forward to making life easier for you. But how do you go about choosing which type of therapy is best for you, and with whom?
Let me explain a little about how I work: I work integratively, meaning that I am able to draw on many different elements of psychotherapy in order to tailor the therapy to each individual's needs. By working this way, the whole of my attention is on you as a person and what your needs may be at that particular moment, rather than on following a set of pre-determined steps. I have an easy, sensitive, relational approach; I am experienced at weaving different therapeutic techniques together, and I work very much in collaboration with each individual. I see individuals for both short-term focused work (6-12 sessions), and for long-term ongoing work.
Psychotherapy can help you explore the difficulties you are experiencing, and understand the reasons why those difficulties may have occurred. It helps you see things from a new perspective, and so bring about changes in unhelpful thought patterns and behaviour, and the sensation of being lost or stuck, so that you can move on with your life. It will also help you to gain positivity, insight, a wider breadth of thinking, the ability to feel more in control, and a stronger sense of self along the way.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working in psychotherapy since 2003. My background encompasses both the private sector, and two NHS Mental Health Trusts, working both 1:1 and in groups, and includes working in a cutting-edge Therapeutic Community. I have also worked for a mental health charity and as a student counsellor at an inner London university, so I have seen a diverse range of clients from many differing backgrounds and cultures, and with a wide range of presenting problems throughout my career. I continue to work with a wide variety of clients and presentations. I also work as a supervisor and mentor to other psychotherapists, and head up Beverley Blackman Associates, a psychotherapy, supervision and coaching clinic in Mayfair (please see website for more details on all our therapists and the services we provide).
My previous career as a lawyer has also given me much insight into the high levels of stress, and the weight of expectations, that many people experience in their day-to-day working lives, and the effects that this can have on their relationships both in and out of work, and on their health in general. Hence I also maintain strong connections with other medical and mental health specialists, complementary practitioners, and professionals from the business and legal sectors.
The clinic is based in a discreet location on Davies St, Mayfair. People's busy lives mean that face-to-face sessions are not always possible; to accommodate this, all our therapists also work by phone, FaceTime, Zoom or Skype.
Sam Jones, Millenial Keynote Speaker, CEO of TwentySomeone: 'Expertise is common within the industry, but real passion is not. That is what Beverley radiates. She is warm, articulate and in turn, completely engaging. Beverley is a diamond and I will be recommending clients to her.'
Dr Maria Luca, Reader in Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology, Editor, JPCRR, Regents University London: 'Beverley is attentive, clever and highly articulate. Her energy and enthusiasm are positively contagious and her capacity for theorising on complex clinical issues is to be commended. She has the rare talent of moving between realms of thought, negotiating clinical understandings and unpacking client presentations. Without a doubt Beverley is developing rapidly into a very fine therapist.'
Charlotte Fox Weber, Head of Psychotherapy, The School of Life, London: "Beverley is an excellent, dedicated psychotherapist. She is thoughtful, bright, curious, and attentive. She's incredibly competent and skilled."
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, Qualified Supervisor
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, RSPP, London
MA in Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling, School of Psychotherapy & Counselling, RSPP, London
Certificate in Integrative Supervision, The Grove, London
Certificate in CBT, The Grove, London
Certificate in Group Analysis, Institute of Group Analysis, London
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, WPF London
Certificate in Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling, SPCP, Regents College
CPE & BVC, The College of Law, London (barrister)
BA (Hons) English & Classics, University of Durham
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.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer sports psychotherapy for professional / semi-professional elite athletes and players. This works at a deeper level than sports psychology, and explores the reasons why you may not be reaching your peak performance in more depth.
I also work extensively with those going through family break-ups, divorces or other family law-based court cases, and I have connections with excellent lawyers, and divorce and mediation services.
I work with difficulties in all kinds of relationships, including those with partners, family, friends, work colleagues, extended family or adopted/foster families, relationships at school/higher education etc.
I also offer short-term coaching-style sessions which can be specifically focused on difficulties or changes at work, college or school.
We begin with an initial appointment to discuss what is on your mind, and to establish the length and type of therapy that you need. Sessions are once weekly, but can be more frequent if this is something that we agree is needed.
Ongoing fees vary according to whether you are a self-financing client or you are covered by health insurance. For self-financing clients, the fee for the initial appointment is £85, and the ongoing fee is negotiated during the appointment. This is dependent on which therapist you see, and the time of day of the ongoing appointment.
For clients covered by insurance companies, the fee for both initial appointment and ongoing sessions is commensurate with the appropriate fees for the Mayfair/Harley St area, which are approved by each health insurance company. I am validated by Aviva, Axa, Cigna, Vitality Health, Simply Health and WPA health insurance companies. We also have various other insurance cover within the clinic.
** We currently have daytime, evening and online spaces at the clinic - please contact us via the link for further details **
Concessions offered for
Both self-referrals and GP/psychiatrist and other professional referrals are welcome.
Davies St is a few moments' walk from Bond St tube station, and is well served by the buses and taxis in the immediate area. Online appointments are also available.
Please contact me via the link above or via the website, and I will aim to get back to you within 24 hours.