Diane Metta M.A. Counsellor and Psychotherapist, HCPC and UKCP Registered
I am a Registered Integrative Psychotherapist and Art Therapist working with adults. I am dedicated to helping people find their way through their difficulties and to improve their well-being.
If you are experiencing emotional distress it is important you find the help you need with a therapist that resonates with you. I have extensive experience working with addiction, anxiety, depression and relational difficulties.
I offer limited sessions and long term treatment depending on your individual's needs. My approach is essentially client led meaning that I work with what the client brings and I adopt an active stance to facilitate positive change. Building a collaborative relationship is central to my practice which draws from different disciplines, mainly neuroscience, attachment, self psychology and psychoanalytic thinking within a humanistic frame.
In art therapy, the use of the arts can be a powerful vehicle for communicating parts of the psyche that words do not reach alone, however sometimes verbal psychotherapy may be better suited depending on your specific needs and preference.
We will discuss your objectives, what approach would be most appropriate and the way forward together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my training at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education in London where I gained a Certificate in Counselling skills and a Masters degree in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy. I continue to expand my knowledge and skills through Continual Professional Development workshops and lectures to offer best practice.
I have experience facilitating groups in the field of addiction which led me to developing an integrative model of recovery combining 12 steps principles with psychotherapy. Other areas I work in include emotional difficulties, relational trauma, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, life transitions and relocation.
I am a member of (BAAT) British Association on Art Therapists and registered with (UKCP) UK Council for Psychotherapy and (HCPC) Health Care Professions Council. I abide to the Code of Ethics of these regulatory bodies.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
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.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sometimes physical symptoms associated with the menopause or IBS can trigger significant mental health difficulties and counselling can help you find relief and enable you to manage your symptoms.
Relocation can be traumatising for some people and psychotherapy can help you with processing change and forming sustaining new relationships.
Divorce proceedings involve a difficult process even with lots of well meaning friends. Having a safe and secure place with a therapist to support you through this can help you find acceptance, a sense of resolution and gather strength to begin a new chapter.
Individual therapy £60-£80
Couples counselling £120-£150
Group therapy £40/person
I work on a sliding scale depending on the number of sessions/week, time of appointment and your ability to pay.
An initial consultation will provide an assessment and an opportunity to ask questions and explore any concerns you may have about therapy. We will then consider what will be most helpful for you and the best way forward.