About me

I believe that it is the quality and stability of the therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client, that is the most important factor in how successful counselling will be. With this in mind, I offer you a warm, respectful and accepting relationship, without judgement or criticism.

As
a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I work with a wide range of emotional and mental health difficulties; including depression, anger, anxiety, panic, stress, low self esteem, self harm, attachment, relationship and parenting difficulties, disordered eating, bereavement and loss. I counsel
adults, couples, adolescents, children and families in my own private practice, which is based in a comfortable home environment.

I am an experienced student mentor, with extensive experience of working at secondary, 6th form and university level and offering advice and support around a wide range of personal, relational, access and educational issues.

As a qualified Clinical Supervisor, I work one to one and with groups, both in my private practice and within organisations. My client base includes trainee and qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, health and educational professionals.

When working with clients I use an Integrative Relational approach, drawing upon a range of different theories, including Gestalt, Mindfulness and Attachment based therapies. With children, and where appropriate with adult clients, I may incorporate the Expressive Arts. This gentle and playful form of therapy entails meeting each individual client where they are in each moment and may involve the use of art materials, clay, sand tray, music, poetry, creative writing, games, puppets and movement. 


Training, qualifications & experience

FdA/BA Hons – First Class Degree in Integrative-Relational Counselling from Middlesex University.

Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills

Certificate in Working With Children and Adolescents. (Gestalt Centre London)

Certificate in Nutritional Skills for Eating Disorders.

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

Certificate in Supervision - CSTD London

Couple Dynamics - Ruth Morgan


2004 - 2012 - Editor, Moderator and Parent Supporter for Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health for parenting website Netmums.com.

2008 - 2012 - Psychotherapeutic Counsellor at Claremont Medical Centre, Surbiton, Surrey.

2008 - 2012 - Psychotherapeutic Counsellor within the Occupational Health Department of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Guildhall, Kingston.

2011 - 2014 - School Counsellor - Elmbridge

2011 - 2018 - Mentor at Kingston University supporting and advising students with mental health issues, physical disabilities and learning difficulties alongside the university's Disability and Dyslexia Department.

2010 to present and ongoing - Counsellor and Psychotherapist in Private Practice

2018 to Sept 2019 - Clinical Manager at Help Counselling. Notting Hill.

Oct 2019 to July 2021 - Practice and Clinical Manager at Help Counselling, Notting Hill.
As Practice and Clinical Manager for Help Counselling, a low cost counselling charity and placement based in Notting Hill, I held responsibility for the day to day running of the centre, recruiting and managing up to 60 trainee therapists working with a range of approaches and counselling a large and diverse client base; recruiting and managing a small group of self employed supervisors and managing a small office team. Other duties included supervising small groups of therapists and organising and facilitating CPD events and room hire. When Help closed its doors at the beginning of lockdown one I was responsible for setting the service up online.

2014 to 2017- Assistant Tutor and Training Co-facilitator - 'Working with Children' and 'Working with Adolescents' based at The Gestalt Centre, London EC2

Expert Consultant for Netmums book - ‘You and Your Tween’ - 2011 - Rated Number 1 in the Independent Newspaper's 'Top Ten Parenting Books'

Expert Consultant for Netmums book – 'The Ultimate Baby and Toddler Q&A’

2011 - Guest Speaker on Postnatal and Antenatal Depression at the Glasgow Baby Show.

Quoted in the national press and magazines, interviewed on radio, television news and ITV's This Morning on a range of parenting, emotional and social issues.

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

When working with children and adolescents both in schools and privately, I employ a wide range of Creative Play, Art, Writing and Music Techniques using a Gestalt based gentle and non-directive approach which is informed and supported by Mindfulness and by Attachment Theory.

As a qualified Integrative Relational Counsellor, my training and approach to counselling encompasses elements of Humanistic Therapies including Gestalt, Person-Centred and Existential as well as the Expressive Arts, Psychodynamic Therapy and CBT.

My training as supervisor draws from the Seven-Eyed Model developed by the Centre for Supervision and Team Development (CSTD London).

Fees

From £65.00 to £80.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

My current fees are £65 for adults. £70 for children and young people. £75 for Family or Parenting sessions and £80 for Couples work. I do however offer a limited number of reduced rate places for exceptional circumstances and I am very happy to discuss this with you.

I am a qualified supervisor having trained with the Centre for Supervision and Team Development in London (CSTD). I offer supervision for qualified and trainee counsellors and those working in a pastoral, teaching or support role with adults, children and young people, both one to one and in groups in my private practice and within organisations. One to one sessions are charged at £65 with a limited number of counselling student concessions available. Group supervision and organisational prices are available upon application.



Availability

Monday to Friday.

Further information

In order to be the best possible counsellor that I can be for my clients and in accordance with BACP guidelines I work under ongoing professional supervision from a senior practitioner. My commitment to professional and personal development means that I regularly undertake further training in the form of counselling courses, workshops, research and reading.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations

Key details

I work from a ground floor room, with one small step on entry. On road parking is free and without restriction around my private practice. The 213 bus stops nearby and I am less than 15 minutes walk from New Malden Station.

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

As a supervisor I work with qualified counsellors and those still in training, both one to one and in groups.

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Crissy Duff

Crissy Duff