Derrick Tempest

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St. Albans AL4 & Queens Park W9
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Is it time to talk to someone?

I'm an experienced, qualified, integrative level 7 counsellor and psychotherapist, fully registered with BACP and UKCP. My specialities include anxiety, depression and addiction.

I provide general therapy for whatever it is that is causing you to be less content and have spent many years seeing clients with a wide variety of issues.

Is it time to invest in your future contentment and happiness?

I have a keen interest in working with couples that are struggling with their relationship.

I've spent many years with a national addiction charity working one to one with clients with a variety of addictions, including alcohol, drugs, food, shopping and codependency (needing to feel needed) and was also counselling deputy manager at a highly respected day-rehab charity.

My clients describe me as friendly, empathic and thoughtful.

Deciding to see a therapist may feel daunting, you may think you should just carry on regardless, but you don't have to face your troubles alone. 

Therapy lets you clear the mists and see the real core issues, and then make positive changes, not carrying on with the same repeated cycles, breaking free from that well worn merry-go-round. 

I can see you in person in St Albans, via Zoom, or by phone.

Issues in our childhood often lie behind adult problems, and they need gentle untangling. 

'Your session is YOUR session'... You can talk with me completely confidentially about anything you feel you want too. There are no rules, I don't set the agenda.

My background was in business and I have had many difficult periods in my life, including issues with alcoholism. These brought me to therapy and then becoming a therapist myself. The relevance of this is that of the 'wounded healer'... by experiencing issues myself I may be able to relate more readily to you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor (level 7, the highest level).

I am registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists as a full member.

I hold UKCP Full Clinical Psychotherapist membership.

I specialise in anxiety, depression and have significant experience in this area.

I further specialise in addiction. I spent many years with a national addiction charity working one to one with clients with a variety of addictions, including alcohol, drugs, food, shopping and codependency (needing to feel needed) and was counselling deputy manager at a respected day-rehab charity. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy


£55.00 - £75.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£55 for students. Standard fee is £75. Discount on standard fee may be available for those on lower income, please enquire.

Couples counselling is £98, discounts may be available for low income, please enquire,

When I work

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Further information

I work in a gentle non authoritarian way, my hope for you is that you find your own solutions to your issues. All to often friends and relatives will say 'You should do this', or 'I know what you need'... That is often not that helpful. For me, therapy is about finding your own answers and then acting on them. There is a saying in the therapy world... 'The client has the answers', it is just about finding them.

I work via Zoom as well as from my home in St Albans. There is plenty of parking at no charge. I don't have any pets.

I may be able to visit you, for instance if you are not able to travel to me, or you feel uncomfortable doing so. Home visits incur an extra fee depending on travel distance.

50 Harness Way, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 9HB

The Gate House, 42A Bravington Road, Queens Park, London, W9 3AH

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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