Cheryl Williams Dip. Couns. Cert. Sup. FD (Open) Sc. MBACP
My name is Cheryl and I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor and supervisor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I offer short term and long term counselling in Bromley, Kent.
As an integrative counsellor, I draw on person-centred counselling, psychodynamic therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to tailor the therapeutic process to meet your individual needs. If appropriate, I can work solely within any of these therapies.
I believe the therapeutic relationship is fundamental to facilitating positive change and I offer a professional, empathic, confidential and nonjudgmental environment. In this safe space we can explore aspects of your life, thoughts, feelings and behaviour openly and freely.
When life feels too challenging it's often difficult to share your thoughts and feelings with friends and family, it's hard trying to cope on your own. There are a number of reasons for seeking counselling, you may be experiencing depression, low mood or anxiety. Your home or working life may be stressful, maintaining relationships might present difficulties or you may be experiencing a life-crisis. You may have suffered a bereavement or loss and feel lost in the grieving process or you may be struggling to cope with a life transition. At times like these counselling can help you find a way forward.
I am there to listen, encouraging you to develop insight and understanding of your current difficulties and supporting you in resolving personal issues and gaining control over your life.
The pressures of modern day living can bring many challenges and our intimate relationships can suffer. Effective communication can break down, we can lose our emotional connection to each other and conflict and mistrust can develop.
My role is to provide professional support as you work towards improving communication, acknowledge and resolve conflict and re-build trust and intimacy.
Training, qualifications & experience
Dip.Couns. CPCAB Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling.
I trained and qualified as an integrative counsellor through the CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Awarding Body), the UK's specialist awarding body in counselling.
Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory
Providing a solid grounding in the CBT model, this CPCAB post qualification diploma enables me to effectively integrate the CBT approach into my professional practice.
Certificate in Supervision
Designed in accordance with the BACP supervision training curriculum, my certificate in Supervision enables me to offer passionate, integrative supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors.
FD (Open) Sc. Foundation Degree in Counselling
Developed in partnership with the CPCAB and the Open University, the Foundation Degree in Counselling has added depth to my practice, enhancing my knowledge and understanding of mental health issues and well being in areas including:
- anxiety and depression
- childhood and youth developmental psychology
- death, dying and bereavement
- scientific and psychotherapeutic perspectives of anxiety, depression,
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, addiction and dementia
Diploma in relationship and couples counselling
Accredited by the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists), this professional qualification tailors an integrative approach for individuals and couples experiencing current and/or historic relationship problems.
Additional training includes:
Working psychotherapeutically with trauma
Working with common and severe mental health issues
Working with Disordered Eating
As a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) I abide by their code of ethics. As part of this membership, I attend monthly supervision and commit to 30 hours of continual professional development each year. This CPD commitment ensures my clinical practice and skills remain informed and up-to-date and includes training courses, workshops and research. I hold a current DBS check and am fully insured.
In addition to private practice I provide short-term counselling for NHS England's IAPT Programme and practice in the voluntary sector for a charity serving Bromley and the surrounding areas. I have also gained extensive experience working for a south London based bereavement charity.
I work with adults of all ages, from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of issues including:
- affairs and betrayal
- bereavement and loss
- child related issues
- eating disorders
- emotional abuse
- family issues
- generalised anxiety
- life transitions
- low self-esteem
- low mood
- passive-aggressive behaviour
- past or present trauma
- panic attacks
- relationship issues
- separation and divorce
- sexual abuse
- social anxiety
- suicidal thoughts
- self harm
- work related stress
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
Individual counselling: £50 per session.
Couples counselling: £60 per session
Session duration: 50 minutes
Concessions: £40 per session for counselling trainees.
Clinical supervision: £65 for 1.5 hrs
Please feel free to contact me for a no obligation consultation. This initial conversation provides an opportunity to explore your current concerns and answer any questions you may have about counselling.
If you decide I am the right counsellor for you I will provide a written contract at our initial assessment session. This will explain further details of my practice and provides the foundation for our shared commitment to therapy. Please be advised, advanced payment is required to secure an assessment session.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Cheryl Williams MBACP