Den Patrick (Dip.Couns)
Life moves quickly. Often there doesn’t seem to be time to absorb what has happened or how it has affected us. Other times we might have a sense that something is wrong without being able to articulate what it is.
Therapy provides a space to slow down and reflect, whether in a time of crisis, such as a relationship breakdown or job redundancy, or for personal development, where people seek to know themselves more deeply.
Little by little, Gestalt therapy seeks to give the client a greater awareness of themselves, their circumstances, and their ways of relating. Counselling can also provide support during difficult or trying times.
I believe counselling can benefit anyone who is genuinely curious about themselves and provides a place where personal growth can occur. I often describe counselling as ‘work’ to clients, and it can be some of the richest and most rewarding work a person can do.
I am available for counselling sessions via Zoom during the pandemic.
Why not give me a call or drop me an email for a consultation? We can then book an initial session and you can get a sense of how I work and if I am a good fit for you.
Counselling sessions are fifty minutes long and require a weekly commitment to attend. The session will be at the same time and place each week wherever possible. I initially suggest to new clients that we work together for twelve weeks, but this is not set in stone.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my training with Birkbeck and then went on to study a Diploma in Gestalt Counselling with the London Gestalt Centre (a BACP accredited course). I have worked with men and women on a variety of issues such as family dynamics, difficult relationships, break ups, infidelity, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and work place harassment. I have also supported clients in recovery from eating disorders and alcohol dependency.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Each session is payable in cash at the beginning of the session. Sessions are £50.
Sessions are confidential but I may discuss issues with my supervisor from time-to-time in order to serve my clients to the best of my ability. This is a requirement of the BACP (British Association of Counselling Practitioners) of which I am a member. The client’s anonymity is protected in supervision.
Concessions offered for
I have a background in performing arts and in publishing, so I understand the problems faced by creatives and people in the public eye. That said I am happy to work with people from all walks of life.