About me

Online counselling available and for new clients I can offer the first 6 sessions at a reduced rate of £35. If you want to continue after this the fee will be £50.

Hi I'm Darren and I am a Person-Centred Counsellor/Psychotherapist

My personality, and approach, is genuine and empathic and I bring to the space a lot of life experiences which help me have a greater understanding of the issues faced by people. I provide a confidential and safe therapeutic environment and relationship where I will listen to you without judgement or criticism.

You decide what you want to talk about/share in the sessions and this happens at your own pace with no pressure or expectations from me.

Together, we can explore your experiences and feelings which are unique to you, and find the answers that you feel will help in your life. Helping you to become the person you feel you should be, and can be.

Counselling can help you gain more confidence, have a better understanding of yourself, explore issues that having been affecting you, and help you to have a better relationship with others and yourself.

Growth and change will develop over time and the process of change can sometimes be painful, scary, exciting and unknown as you start to experience new aspects of yourself and the world around you.

Ultimately, this will lead to you becoming a more authentic and content version of yourself.

I work with people aged 18+ years of age with a previous working background in mental health services in the NHS having worked with adolescents, adults and older adults.

I have a lot of experience of working with trauma and crisis and I understand the issues faced when dealing with difficulties in life.

I am confident in working with issues such as -

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Feeling lost, unsure or confused
  • Difficulties expressing anger
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Abuse (sexual, physical, mental, emotional, financial and substance)
  • Physical issues and degenerative disorders (dementia, cancer)
  • Relationship issues (family, siblings, friends, work colleagues, interpersonal)
  • Mental health issues (schizophrenia, depression/anxiety, bi polar)
  • Issues around identity - sexuality, racial and cultural identity, gender identity, class and creed
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • Spirituality and its meaning to you
  • Who am I? And what does my existence mean?

I hire rooms at the Deborah Ubee Trust in Greenwich, London which is located closely to Greenwich DLR, Deptford DLR, Cutty Sark tube line with extensive bus routes through and to Greenwich.

I also work from SidcupSpace in Sidcup which is just off Sidcup high street and accessible from Sidcup train station or numerous bus routes that stop in the High Street.(addresses can be found above) And I'm also available for people in Broadstairs via online therapy.

I offer online therapy via Zoom, Facetime, Skype or WhatsApp, if you feel unable to meet face to face or live to far away.

The thought of having counselling may seem scary and overwhelming and I can relate to this from having had my own counselling experience so I understand the first steps in contacting me may feel daunting.

You can email me, phone me or text me which ever you feel comfortable with and tell me a bit about what is going on for you, and then we can arrange a time to meet for an assessment/consultation meeting.

The assessment/consultation meeting is where I go through an assessment form with you and the counselling contract and you can meet me before deciding on continuing.

Each counselling session is once a week (same room, day and time. Or online via Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp) for 50 minutes.

Price of Assessment/consultation session is £50.

Price of each counselling session is £50.

I can offer extra sessions (at the same cost per session) if you feel you need them and if a room is not avaible I can offer the session online.

If you wish to know more about me and the Person-Centred approach feel free to contact me or look at my website www.dncounselling.com

Training, qualifications & experience

1 Yr Certificate in Gestalt Counselling

2 Yr Higher Professional Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling

I have experience working with bereavement and loss, mental health issues, substance misuse, existential issues and identity of self, bullying and harassment, abuse, and issues around emotional release and expression.

I have worked as a bereavement counsellor for the Greenwich and Bexley Hospice and I currently volunteer at the Deborah Ubee Trust in Greenwich, London working with adults.

I have a background of working in the NHS and have worked in mental health services for 14 years having worked with adolescents (12-18) in a psychiatric unit, working age adults (18+) and older adults (54+) in the community.

Member organisations

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.

Therapies offered

  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Initial consultation - £50

Weekly session's - £50 per session (50 minutes each session)

If finances are an issue for you, contact me and I maybe able to offer you sessions at a reduced rate. Specifically online therapy.

Availability

Monday - Saturday from 09.00 - 20.00

Psychosynthesis & Education Trust
92-94 Tooley Street
London
SE1 2TH

The Deborah Ubee Trust
20 Egerton Drive
London
SE10 8JS

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked
Wheelchair user access

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.

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom
Darren Neal

Darren Neal