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Clea McEnery-West MA

London WC1H & St. Albans AL4 07954 421354 07954 421354 Registered / Accredited
London WC1H & St. Albans AL4
07954 421354 07954 421354

About me

I offer online and telephone sessions at a regular time each week. The time and day will be agreed between us.

I believe in the intrinsic ability of the mind to heal itself given the right conditions. Therapy is the setting where this can happen. Talking through difficulties and developing an understanding of your life experiences and how they have affected you is key to the change that psychotherapy can achieve.

The Work

I offer open-ended psychotherapy, which can last anything from a few weeks or months to several years. It is important that it takes place at regular intervals, ie. weekly or bi-weekly, in order for it to be effective.

The First Meeting

The initial assessment is key to finding out whether therapy is the right treatment for you. This will be a meeting where I can find out more about what is troubling you and let you know how I can help.

How I Work

My approach is psychodynamic: the psychodynamic model is a way of understanding how many of our current issues have their roots in childhood experiences. It also allows me to explore with you thoughts and feelings you may not be fully aware of but which can have a significant impact on your life. These may be unhelpful thought patterns, behaviours, or beliefs about yourself which may hold you back. A common belief about therapy is that you have to talk a lot about your childhood, but in fact going back to the past is only necessary when there are unresolved issues. By looking at these again in therapy you can let them go and move forward.

In our sessions I will not talk about myself or my own experiences in relation to yours as this could have the effect of taking attention away from your unique experience. It keeps the focus on you. You may find this strange at first as it is unlike the sort of two-way conversation you may have with friends, family or other professionals, but I believe this is what makes therapy unique - it is different from any other conversation and it is all about you.

My Experience

My experience is very broad, I have worked as a therapist in the NHS and in the corporate sector as well as for many years in private practice.

Specifically I have worked a lot with people suffering from anxiety, stress and depression, as well as relationship issues and work-related problems, including issues of discrimination and bullying. I also have a special interest in parenting and pregnancy/fertility issues.

Practical Issues

The work is confidential and I follow the British Psychoanalytic Council code of ethical practice, www.bpc.org.uk.


I see people once or twice a week at a regular time. The sessions last for 50 minutes.

My consulting room is in Bloomsbury, 5 minutes walk from Kings Cross/St Pancras and Euston Stations.

Feel free to call or to email me for an initial conversation or to book an appointment.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training

MA in Psychoanalytic Studies.

Advanced Diploma/WPF Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

Certificate in Counselling Skills.

I trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at WPF Therapy, one of the leading psychotherapy training organisations in London, and my MA was also completed there (accredited by the University of Roehampton).

I have a long-standing interest in language, communication, culture and the importance and therapeutic benefit of storytelling and narrating one’s own story. My BA was in modern languages (French and Italian) and I hold an MPhil in Modern European Literature with a special interest in Anglo-Irish literature.

Teaching:

I am Senior Tutor on the MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy at Birkbeck, University of London where I have taught for seven years.

Previously I taught at WPF Therapy where I was a Certificate Course Tutor for five years.

Public sector:

I have worked as a counsellor within several GP counselling services doing time-limited therapy and offered psychotherapy consultancy within an adolescent in-patient psychiatric unit working with young people between 13-25 years in groups and individually.

Corporate:

I am contracted by employee assistance programs to work with clients referred from major companies in my private practice. I have worked extensively with staff from banks, such as Royal Bank of Scotland, charities and companies in the retail sector.

Professional Memberships

I am a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and abide by their ethical framework.

Also a member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC), WPFs graduate organisation.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BPC

British Psychoanalytic Council

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Psychoanalytic Council

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.

Therapies offered

  • Psychodynamic therapy

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Fees

Fees variable from £50


Some reduced fee places available for those on reduced incomes or who are training, please ask.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

St. Albans
Hertfordshire
AL4

London
WC1H

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Offering online and telephone sessions

Availability

Telephone and Zoom appointments available

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

I offer one-to-one or small group supervision, currently via telephone or Zoom.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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