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About me

My aim as a therapist is to help bring about positive change for clients who are suffering from emotional distress.

There are many reasons why people consider counselling; sometimes there can be a lingering sense of unhappiness with life or a feeling that emotions are holding us back from being fulfilled.  There might be an ongoing problem with relationships or decision taking. Sometimes an event in our life may be very difficult to come to terms with, such as the death of a loved one or the end of a relationship. There may be an urgent upset or life change that can make life seem suddenly intolerable.

For any of these issues and many others we may need help in understanding exactly what is upsetting us but fear disclosing it to family and friends or even admitting the problem fully to ourselves. Counselling can provide a private and impartial space in which to work through and be supported in whatever is upsetting or difficult to make sense of.

An important part of the way I work as a therapist is to create a warm and empathic framework in which clients can explore and develop insight at their own pace.

I work in an 'Integrative' way which means that I draw from a range of therapies  depending on the needs of individual clients.

If you are considering therapy but feel uncertain about what it involves, I offer a free 30 minute session without obligation in which you can explore some of your concerns. This is not offered as a session of therapy but as an opportunity for us to meet and consider whether you would like to proceed with therapy.

I am a member of the BACP and work to their strict ethical guidelines.


07931 340 719

0208 871 0280

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a first degree from the University of East Anglia, an MA from the University of Sussex, a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Roehampton University and further training at the British Psychotherapy Foundation.

As well as working privately with clients from all walks of life I have experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist at: St George's Medical School, an H.M. Prison, The Royal College of Art and an Independent Sixth Form College.

Member organisations


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

I am particularly interested in issues of depression and low self esteem for both men and women.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Integrative
  • Psychodynamic therapy


£80 for daytime or evening sessions of 50 minutes.

Some means tested daytime places available.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access

Currently I am offering online and telephone counselling only.


Mon- Friday 9am-2pm and 4pm-7-pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Elspeth Railson MA PGDip MBACP.  WANDSWORTH SW18


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