About me

At present I am only available for online video counselling, which is equally effective as face to face. The first 4 sessions of online video counselling are offered at £40

I am a Person-Centred Counsellor/Psychotherapist and I have a philosophical and spiritual experience of life with a calm, genuine aproach towards our sessions. My own life experiences help me have a greater understanding and acceptance of the issues faced by others and I will listen to you and help you understand and accept who you are. 

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

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 your whole life, 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 and have a previous working background in mental health services with the NHS. Having worked with adolescents, adults and older adults with a multitude of mental health issues. 

I have a lot of of experience working with trauma and I am able to help you in examining and coming to terms with these experiences. 

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 offer online therapy via Zoom, Facetime, Skype or WhatsApp, and I am concentrating on offering this service as I am able to be reached by people across the country. 

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 for a assessment/consultation session.

The assessment/consultation session 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 day and time online via Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp) for 50 minutes.

The price of each counselling session is £55 and I am offering 4 sessions at £40. If finances are an issue, let me know as I maybe able to offer an ongoing reduced session fee as I am able to take on 2 clients who have low incomes.

I can offer extra sessions (at the same cost per session) if you feel you need them. If you want to pay for a block of sessions this is acceptable as well. 

If you wish to know more about me and the Person-Centred approach feel free to contact me.

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

Fees

From £40.00 to £55.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Weekly session's - the first 4 sessions are £40 then £55 per session after this. Depending on individual circumstances I have a couple of spaces available for those on lower incomes. 

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday - Saturday from 09.00 - 20.00

The Deborah Ubee Trust
20 Egerton Drive
London
SE10 8JS

2 Colby Road
London
SE19 1HA

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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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