Beverley Lester BA, MA, BACP, UKCP
I am a BACP and UKCP accredited psychotherapist and counsellor and I offer brief and long-term private counselling and psychotherapy on a once and twice a week basis. I am a clinical supervisor and offer both group and individual supervision
I have been in practice for over 18 years with many years experience as part of a mental health team for the NHS in both primary care and outpatient psychiatric units and also as a counsellor with several mental health charities. For 8 years I was a visiting lecturer within the School of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. I am a clinical supervisor for The Counselling Foundation and an Experiential Training Group facilitator for The Minster Centre
I am within a few minutes walk from bus and train station and also offer off-street parking.
Prior to training as a psychotherapist and counsellor I had a career in publishing as a writer and editor for international organisations in the UK, Israel and South Africa.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling from Middlesex University
4-year Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling from the Minster Centre.
1-year Diploma in Psychodynamic Supervision from WPF
Areas of experience:
Low self esteem
Second Generation Holocaust Survivors
Corporate Sector Counselling
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.
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.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Registered practitioner with WPA and Aviva