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MBACP (Reg)

About me

Hi, my name’s Ed, I’m a Therapist working online nationally and in  London. I work with people experiencing a wide range of difficulties from many different backgrounds, everyone’s story and reason for coming to therapy are different but all are equal.

I offer both long and short term individual therapy and run an online Coping Skills Group which is informed by Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Generally the length of therapy is something that we would discuss in our first session. In the case of longer term therapy we would frequently review as the therapy progresses to consider what work remains and when might it be appropriate to conclude therapy.

The model of therapy that I offer draws primarily on psychodynamic and person-centred theory, focusing on the therapeutic relationship while we work together. I also have knowledge of DBT and Mindfulness and may draw on these should they be relevant to our work together.

Dependent on the reasons you have come to therapy I can incorporate Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) if we both feel this would be of benefit. This is particularly useful when working with someone who has experienced trauma and may have difficulty speaking about what has happened because it causes them to have flashbacks or to become overwhelmed. EMDR is a way of reducing the intensity of flashbacks and the emotions associated with traumatic memories, it works by helping someone process what has happened to them.

Please feel free to visit my website to learn more about how I work.

What to expect in the first session?

The initial session, is slightly different from subsequent sessions because it involves some degree of assessment. It is a time for us to discuss your current difficulties and try to build a picture of what has brought you to therapy, during this session I will ask a range of questions to assess if therapy is currently the best option for you and how we might proceed should you feel that we are a good fit.

Training, qualifications & experience

I currently work two and a half days per week in private practice, while also continuing to work for the NHS in a Community Mental Health Team. As a Practitioner I belong to the BACP who are my professional body. I am a 'Registered Member', this means that I abide by their ethical framework while working as an Integrative Therapist and that I undertake frequent continuing professional development to keep up to date with current practice while also receiving regular supervision to make sure my work is clinically safe. A copy of the commitments we make as members of the BACP while working therapeutically can be found by clicking here.

Experience

  • Adult Psychotherapist & Counsellor - West London NHS Trust, providing both long term individual Psychotherapy & Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to individuals and groups.
  • Extensive experience working within an NHS Crisis Team and previously as a Mental Health Advisor on an NHS crisis line.
  • Prior to working within mental health services, I worked for an NHS Ambulance Service, both operationally and in control.

Qualifications & Specialist Training

  • Registered Member MBACP of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (RACC)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Intensive Training (British Isles DBT Training)
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
  • EMDR Therapy (Module 1 & 2)
  • Critical Incident Debriefing

CPD

As part of my on-going professional development I frequently attend courses and study days that are related to my practice, courses attended include:

  • Interventions for Complex Trauma & Dissociation (SLaM)
    An introduction to Schema Therapy and working with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPS)
    Gender, Sexual, and Relationship Diversity (Dr. Meg-John Barker)
    ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) for Depression and Anxiety (Dr Russ Harris)
    ACT Made Simple: For Beginners (Dr Russ Harris)
  • Online Therapy CPD Training: Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals (PESI UK)
  • Knowledge & Understanding Framework - Working with Personality Disorder: Raising Awareness (West London NHS Trust)
  • Dissociation and Depersonalization (SLaM)
  • Traumatic Grief (BPS)
  • Advanced assessment and treatment opportunities for people with insomnia (BPS)
  • An introduction to sleep: Psychobehavioural assessment and treatment strategies for people with insomnia (BPS)
  • Understanding and working with: Hearing voices, delusions and paranoia (BPS)
    Working with Attachment and Trauma (BPS)
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy 8 week course at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (part of Oxford University)

Member organisations

BACP

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Blue Light Emergency Services - Police, Fire & Ambulance Service staff (including Students).

NHS staff.

LGBTQ+ / GSRD Affirmative therapy

I also offer an online Coping Skills Group which is DBT informed which meets weekly via Zoom on a Thursday evening 7:30pm to 9:30pm.  

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Fees

£75.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£40 Initial Assessment.

£75 Online Individual Therapy (via Zoom).

£75-95 EMDR Therapy 50-75 minute session.

£70 (£30 initially) Online Individual Clinical Supervision (via Zoom) - per 60 minutes.

£150 Critical Incident Debriefing – 90 minute group session on site (groups of more than 10 people will usually require a co-facilitator at an additional cost please contact me for further details).

Critical Incident Debriefing sessions can be arranged on an as required basis.

Some concessions are available - please enquire.

When I work

I offer online appointments on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

The Coping Skills Group takes place on Thursday evenings 7:30-9:30pm 

King Street, Twickenham, TW1

Covent Garden, London, WC2H

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Groups
Organisations

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online

I offer individual supervision to Counsellors and Psychotherapists both qualified and in training who work online and in person.

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