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About me

I work both face to face and online with a wide range of issues from feelings of anxiety and loneliness, relationship difficulties, struggles with self-esteem and childhood trauma. 

My approach

I hold a BSc in Humanistic Counselling and support clients in my private practice in North Kensington as well as in two charitable settings in Shepherds Bush and Ealing. 

Humanistic therapy is fundamentally optimistic, and the approach is non-judgemental and empathic, encouraging you to recognise your inner resources and strengths.

There will be a strong focus on the relationship between us, on self-awareness and the potential for change. We will explore how you relate to yourself and others in the world identifying potentially unhelpful patterns of behaviour and developing new and more positive ways of living.

I hope that when we finish working together you will feel in a much better place.

What to expect

Sessions last for fifty minutes and our initial session is a chance for you to describe the issues that are troubling or distressing you and for you to discuss your expectations of counselling with me.

If we both agree to begin therapy then further sessions will be arranged typically at the same day and time each week. Whatever we discuss will be in total confidence and treated with respect.

                     

Specialisms

My particular interest lies in our childhood experiences and what we deny or repress, and how this continues to impact us as adults. But whatever your story, I promise to listen without judgement and offer you a safe and confidential space to be heard.

Choosing a therapist

Research shows us that the relationship between the client and their therapist is the greatest predictor of success, so making the right choice could not be more important If you would like to enquire further then please do give me a call and if I am not the right person for you right now I may be able to recommend somebody who is.

What my clients say

A safe environment, a calm energy and a non-judgmental space is what I found during my time speaking with Elizabeth. I felt at ease speaking openly about issues that I hadn’t spoken about before; in response I was met with understanding and support.
Jennie October 2020

The thoughts and feelings that I had struggled with processing alone were afforded a dedicated space and time with Elizabeth. As a result, I was able to approach these struggles compassionately and with a greater sense of understanding.
Miriam October 2020

Therapy with Elizabeth has provided me with a renewed and reinforced sense of balance that I now recognise within myself.’
Lily November 2020

Elizabeth has all of the qualities one would seek in a Counsellor. Empathy, trust, and excellent recall to name a few.
Simon November 2020

Elizabeth is totally present with you at all times, warm and human and manages this whilst retaining a professional response at all times
I would definitely recommend her services
Mona November 2020

I wanted to thank you for our sessions which I have found so helpful. Thank you for being such an empathetic and kind counsellor. I have really enjoyed these sessions and felt like I worked through some things through this process.
Richard December 2020

Elizabeth is a great therapist. I immediately felt comfortable and safe in her presence. The sessions always move at my pace and she strikes a great balance between the sessions sometimes being more self-led and sometimes being more of a two way dialogue.
Catherine December 2020

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a BSc in Humanistic Counselling from Middlesex University and a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling from Metanoia Institute.

I support clients with a wide range of issues from anxiety and depression to relationship difficulties and trauma in my private practice in North Kensington, as well as in two charitable settings in Ealing and Notting Hill.

In addition to my qualifications and experience, my registration with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) provides you with the security of being in the safe hands of a qualified professional who follows their code of ethics.

My work is also fully insured and professionally supervised.

Member organisations

BACP

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

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Health and psychosocial effects of COVID-19 - mental health problems including depression, anxiety and cognitive difficulties arising as a result of the pandemic.

Therapies offered

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My fee is from £65 per session payments can be made by cash, cheque or bank transfer.

Availability

I have some daytime face to face and online availability as well as a limited number of evening zoom sessions.

I offer a free introductory telephone conversation to see if we are a good fit.

London
W10

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

My consulting room is on the ground floor.

Elizabeth Shaw BSc, MBACP

Elizabeth Shaw BSc, MBACP