Carla Preston MA.psych. Adv Dip. MBACP Accred.
If you find yourself struggling with low moods, anxiety or you are going through a difficult period in your life, you may find therapy helpful to work through thoughts and feelings that you can't talk about with the people closest to you.
The foundation of my practice is to provide a confidential space in which to work with you to relieve feelings of anxiety and distress but also for greater self-knowledge, understanding and awareness.
Depending on what you would like to address you might chose to have short-term (6-18 sessions) or more open ended and in-depth therapy (18+). Sessions are typically 50 minutes long and weekly. I would recommend meeting initially to talk about what brings you for help at this time and for you to see how you feel talking to me. I usually review after six sessions when we can discuss whether we will carry on or not.
I have worked for 16 years as an Integrative Humanistic counsellor in a lovely variety of settings and with people presenting with many different issues.
Short term counselling can help with more immediate concerns; for example a block with study or a situation at work, a specific anxiety, bereavement or traumatic event. This type of work is suitable for people who are, generally, happy in their lives but have an issue that is pressing which they would like to address.
Long-term counselling and psychotherapy
Longer therapeutic work allows for more time to explore making deeper changes in our lives, this space can facilitate greater knowledge and understanding of how we feel in relation to ourselves and the world around us. It might involve examining the past, thinking about current difficulties and future hopes and the patterns or core beliefs that underpin our way of being.
Where do I work?
I work in private practice at The Practice @ 322 in West Hampstead
My West Hampstead practice is close to Finchley Road and 7 minutes walk from the tube, Thameslink and London Overground.
I am working mainly via Zoom at the moment.
I also work in several different settings including universities with undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked for 16 years in higher and further education; corporate employee assistance and private practice to help clients with long and short term difficulties. My training is in the Humanistic Integrative School which encompasses traditional and contemporary approaches to talking therapy including psychodynamic, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Intersubjective and Relational models
I hold certificates, an advanced diploma and Masters Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I regularly attend and maintain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for my personal and professional growth. Prior to becoming a therapist I graduated from DeMontfort University with Art History & Media studies and worked for over ten years in galleries, museums and with photographers.
I have been awarded accreditation by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adhere to their code of ethics. http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/
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.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My work with students:
I have worked as a counsellor and mentor with undergraduate and postgraduate students of all ages for 10 years. I have extensive experience of higher and further educational environment and can offer short or long term counselling to students who may not have ongoing counselling facilities offered by their school, college or university. I have a limited number of concessionary rates for full-time students.
I have eight years of experience mentoring undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Mentoring is a tailor made process to help you work towards specific goals, primarily in academic life but not exclusively. I have worked successfully to help people with procrastination, perfectionism, writers block, time-management etc.
Please feel free to ask me about working in this way.
Concessions offered for
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I am registered with Aviva, Axa PPP and BUPA as an eligible practitioner and provider of psychological therapy/ counselling. I am on the Private Practice Register.