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About me

I help all kinds of people with all kinds of issues and you should never think that what you're feeling is unworthy of therapy.

I’m passionate about helping people overcome their problems and achieve the change they are looking for in their lives. I never judge clients but I’m also not afraid, when it’s in their interest, to challenge them. Each client teaches me something new about therapy and life in general. For me, therapy is very much a partnership – a road along which both I and my clients travel.

I’m fascinated by people and how life affects their mental health in different ways. I worked from an integrative perspective and adapt my approach based on the client and their issues. I have experience across a broad range of mental health issues. Much of this experience I’ve picked up during my 18 years in the health psychology and medical industry.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc (Hons) Psychology (First Class)

MSc Health Psychology

Cert. Understanding Autism Lvl2

Cert. Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills Lvl3

Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory Advanced Lvl4

Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Lvl4

Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Lvl5

Fully insured with Howden

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.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Additional information

The price for all sessions is £60. This should be paid at the end of the session.


9am to 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Evenings Tuesday and Wednesday

Further information

Getting Started

I mainly work with clients face-to-face from a private studio at my home.  I can also work with clients via video or phone if preferred.  The easiest way to get started is to give me a call on 07716642575 or send me an email to darren@ponzocounselling.co.uk

During the initial session together we will discuss your issues at your own speed and then if you feel comfortable working with me, we will arrange a second session.  There is never any pressure to sign up for a set number of sessions and we can tailor the frequency of sessions to your needs and schedule.

All sessions last 1 hour.

Website: http://www.ponzocounselling.co.uk

Weston Way

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Languages offered


Darren Clayson - Experienced Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Darren Clayson - Experienced Psychotherapist and Counsellor