Dennis Rice, Gestalt Counsellor
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Special message about Coronavirus: I have been COVID vaccinated. Online Counselling Available (Skype dennis_rice, WhatsApp 07492-404599, or download the app zoom.us and search under firstname.lastname@example.org then add me as a contact).
The vast majority of us will not be used to cutting ourselves off from others, and even though there are compelling medical reasons for us to do this right now, we are going to feel lonely, and at risk of sliding into depression or anxiety. And if you are already struggling with either of these conditions, or loss, or addiction, or some other issue which is impacting on your well being, then it's critically important that you reach out.
Please remain connected to friends and family via the telephone, and ideally courtesy of video links so that you do not dis0enable them from giving you the support that you need. And if you need professional help , then therapists like myself are already geared up to offer online counselling and, although it isn't quite as helpful as face to face in person counselling, my existing clients are finding it useful and supportive.
Now, let us begin.
A warm welcome to East London Therapy. My name is Dennis and my hope is that we will share a journey together in terms of learning new ways to address and help your anxiety.
Perhaps you have noticed you are becoming increasingly anxious over things which used to just bounce off you? Or are depressed following the loss of a loved one, a change in employment, or just that life in general is getting you down. You might even have noticed that a habit you previously developed to simply let off steam is becoming addictive and unhelpful? Maybe a relationship, either current or past, is proving to be something you are struggling to cope with?
Contrary to popular myth seeing a therapist regarding any of the above doesn't expose a weakness or a failing in you, but rather strength. Reaching out to someone else, and in doing so facing up to the fact that we have a problem we cannot solve on our own, requires courage. And if shame was stopping you from doing so before, remember that the antidote to shame is sharing.
I am a fully qualified counsellor who has sat where you are right now, not just because our training requires us to have personal therapy, but because my life also became unmanageable. I reached out to Gamblers Anonymous (GA) in 2009 when I realised that gambling had cost me a complete loss of self. I later went to work as a a voluntary prison liaison officer for GA, which included running meetings inside prisons, and from that decided to became qualified beyond simply listening.
I trained at the Gestalt Centre in London, acknowledged as one of the world's leading centres for psychotherapy and counselling. This included the huge benefit of my working as a pro bono counsellor at the mental health charity MIND for more than two years, and in doing so watching people turn their lives around through empathy and support.
I offer sessions starting at £40 for 50 minutes to students and the low waged, moving up to £65 if they you wish to see me at my practice in East London, Counselling via Skype/Whats App/Zoom is also available.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss the type of therapy you need.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Counselling from the Gestalt Centre, London.
- Introductory Certificate in Humanistic Counselling from the Gestalt Centre, London.
- I also have an honours degree in English Literature (2:1).
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also work with clients who express what some psychotherapists refer to as "complicated grief," that is to say feelings around loss which are so overwhelming that it feels like you can't move on, that they just won't go away.
I am also interested in how the body itself can hold and remember trauma going way back, and also how stimulating and mobilised clients can become when they start to get back in touch with what is going on in their bodies.
"The body never lies. Whenever you move, walk or talk, you bring with you all your life." Martha Graham, dancer and performer.
Concessions offered for
Ordinarily my fees start at £65 for counselling sessions in Bow and £85 in Clerkenwell. I do offer lower rates of £40 and upwards for students and people on low incomes.
£65 for a 50 minute session in Bow, East London; or £85 at the Farringdon practice ( about the same walking time to both Farringdon and Angel Islington stations).
Monday-Friday 10am-9pm, Saturdays 10am-1pm.
I am a fully qualified Gestalt counsellor and therapist (www.eastlondontherapy.net) offering help for clients with anxiety, stress, bereavement, and relationship difficulties. I am also interested in helping clients who suffer with addiction, which I have considerable experience in as a former prison liaison officer with Gamblers Anonymous, who has also helped members of Narcotics Anonymous.