Caz Binstead, BA:MA:Adv.Dip MBACP Reg.
Specialisms: Anxiety, Self Esteem, Social Anxiety, Relationships, Bereavement.
Hello, my name is Caz, and I am a counsellor/therapist working in Private Practice in Clapham. I offer short-term and long-term work to all people seeking to work through issues affecting them. If you’re looking to find out more about counselling, or are interested in coming along for sessions, please see below, or for more information
WHAT IS COUNSELLING
Counselling is a place for you to talk in confidence about issues or problems that might be affecting you. Coming to counselling is a courageous step, particularly if you are dealing with difficult or overwhelming feelings. I aim to create a safe and trusting space, and value the relationship between client and therapist as the most crucial element.
People come to counselling for lots of different reasons. Sometimes we feel down, depressed, angry, or that anxiety is taking over our lives. Maybe we feel stuck - in a relationship, job, or just with life in general. Are we trying to cope with life circumstance such as a bereavement, illness of a close family member of friend, or issues with relationships? Perhaps, we are struggling with a knock to our confidence or a lack of self esteem. Whatever it is that may be making us unhappy, I am fully aware of how hard it can be for people to make sense of, or get beyond these experiences.
Having worked previously as an NHS counsellor, I have a broad range of experience, and respect and embrace anybody looking for support.
I have a special interest in working with anxiety and stress, as well as anxiety disorders such as OCD, panic attacks, social anxiety, self-criticism and shyness (to name but a few). Anxiety is a natural part of life, but for some people, it can take over their lives. A build up over time of anxiety or stress, can also often lead to ensuing questions around self-identity and self-esteem. I know how difficult it can be to live a healthy and productive life if you are feeling stressed or anxious, and the affect it can have on ourselves and our relationships. I use a variety of methods - working on everyday techniques to manage in the present, whilst also addressing anything underlying; looking to improve your life overall, and prevent issues returning in the long-term.
And, I have specialised experience in:
Working with Bereavement, loss and grief: I worked for a Bereavement counselling service for some time; counselling friends and families of people that are struggling to cope after the death (or illness) of a loved one. I have also worked for a dementia charity (in conjunction with St, Thomas' and Guys hospital)
as a qualified clinical supervisor, overseeing supervision of counsellors and psychotherapists. Losing someone unique is hard, and being able to express your feelings and thoughts after a bereavement is extremely important. Whether it is a past or recent loss, we can work through how this has affected you and the wide range of feelings that can surface. We can respect and remember the person in the sessions, and explore questions that come up about death and your beliefs around this. I find this work to be incredibly humbling, and embrace all that clients want to bring to sessions to help with the grieving process.
Change and loss is a fundamental, yet often difficult, part of life. It is not exclusive to bereavement, and many people who seek counselling do so because there is a transition in their life that they are struggling to cope with. Life is an ever-changing process and this can be a struggle for all humans – something that connects us wherever we are in the world
HOW I CAN HELP…
I can provide an environment for growth and understanding, where we can work together to express and explore feelings. As we will hold weekly sessions together, a regular and constant base is provided for you to bring whatever you feel is important each week. Most importantly, you will feel listened to and supported in our work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience with a diverse range of people in the voluntary and private sector and for the NHS.
I currently work as a counsellor and therapist in private practice, London, and am also a writer.
I work with young people (age 12+) in my private practice, and most recently worked for BRIT school as a young person counsellor.
Previously, I worked for the NHS as a counsellor, counselling team leader and counselling co-ordinator. My NHS work has given me plenty of experience in many areas of counselling, as well as the opportunity to work with clients from all walks of life.
I have worked onsite at surgeries, including Hetherington Group Practice and Clapham Family Practice. In my capacity as a therapist , I continue to keep good links with GPs in these, and other local practices.
Other experience in previous organisations, include working specifically with: bereavement, relationship and sexuality, anxiety, depression and mental health (for MIND), and addiction.
I have also have worked as a Bacp spokesperson, contributing to national press (the most recent being The Guardian newspaper), as well as writing for Therapy Today magazine.
My initial training and qualification was obtained through study on a BACP accredited course. Here is the link to my BACP profile: www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/therapists/in/0d5c9a/london-south-west/london/caz-binstead
Integrative counselling combines different elements of psychological theory to enable flexibility and greater exploration in the work. As an integrative practitioner, I can also work in an eclectic way with the client to find suitable and comfortable techniques that most suit the person. People respond to different styles, and I am pleased to be trained in the following disciplines:
*Gestalt *Existential *Psychodynamic *Mindfulness *CBT *Person-centred *Transpersonal *TA
I have also further studied Mindfulness Psychotherapy at the OMC, Oxford, and offer MBCT, CBT and ACT for those looking for practical, techniques to help manage present day symptoms.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Couples counselling, marriage counselling and relationship therapy.
- Anxiety disorders: Agrophobia, Body Dysmorphic disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Claustrophobia, Low self-esteem, OCD, Panic Attacks, Perfectionism, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) , Self-criticism, Shyness, Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Disorder.
- Addiction/compulsion (Alcohol, Co-dependency, Drugs, Gambling, Love, Sex and any other compulsive behaviours).
- Working through abuse: both childhood and adult (sexual, physical, emotional and neglect).
- Family Systems (past process, and impact on relationship in the here and now)
- Shame and guilt.
- Spirituality, religion, counselling and philosophy
I work afternoons and evenings.
£75 per session (50 min. session).
I offer a ‘sliding scale’ fee structure, which allows reduced rates for those seeking counselling who are unemployed, on a low income - therefore receiving some form of universal credit, or, for full-time students. These are offered at specific timeslot (mostly daytime), and are subject to availability. Please enquire on first point of contact.
Couples counselling: £95
I offer counselling and therapy to individuals: men and women, all cultures, faiths, and sexual orientations.
I work privately in Clapham, and practice in the evenings and afternoons.
Please feel free to contact me for availability, or if you have any queries or questions.
My contact details, along with further information about me and the services I offer, can be found on my website.
Maps & Directions
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Supervision & training
I am a qualified clinical supervisor (of individuals and groups), and am currently taking on new supervisees.