Erika Kim BA(Hons), Registered Member MBACP
Watford Peace Hospice Peace Drive
It's 2am or 2pm at work and your looking up Dr. Google for Depression, Anxiety, Work Stress, Relationship issues, Couple's Counselling, hopelessness? or have you just relocated to London and realising the transition is not as easy as expected?
Having worked in two of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, New York and London, I am familiar with the fast paced life and different emotional and cultural experiences that may ensue whilst embracing the new 'home' culture. Whilst living and working in such cities may be great, I appreciate that taking the time to stop and take care of ourselves sometimes can be difficult and the world doesn't normally just stop for us when we're experiencing a tough season. Perhaps it's not a season and you have recognised a pattern and you are tired of seeing that same old result and want to explore what's been happening.
I see clients in central London (Euston or Euston Square Station), East London ( Liverpool St/Shoreditch) and Watford (Watford Junction Station), which can be as quick as a 15 min train ride from Euston Station in Central London for clients who would like to step back from all the busyness.
Finding a counsellor can be a daunting task. How do we know which one to choose? One of my priorities is to ensure you feel safe to be able to share your thoughts and feelings, experience confidentiality and feel no judgment.
Counselling has been understood in many different ways for many and it is because people see counsellors for many different reasons. Sometimes life happens so quickly, that we don't even understand how we got to the point we are at. Counselling is recommended early on before a crisis point happens, but ofcourse it's still a great resource when crisis hits. Sometimes we just want to have someone hear us out in a non-judgmental way and for some, it helps when that someone isn't personally related to us in any way.
I offer a safe and non-judgmental space for you to reflect and process in the middle of what may seem like a fast moving world. We each have our unique stories and sometimes the way we have dealt with things are no longer benefitting us and this is where counselling can be extremely beneficial in exploring such things. It ultimately is an investment for the future that you want to hold and a way forward from past pain.
How I work
I work from three offices in Watford and London, but am also available online which means I can be available to wherever you are in the world. I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor and a registered member MBACP. I have trained with a BACP accredited course ensuring quality and accountable training. Having trained as an Integrative Counsellor also means I am able to work with you using various counselling approaches and am not limited to working with you in one way.
I follow a holistic approach in that we will explore what is going on in the rational, emotional, physical, volitional areas and if the client would like to explore, the spiritual/faith area as well. My Christian faith informs my worldview, however I do not impose my personal beliefs on my clients and respect my client's right to their own beliefs and values. I offer counselling with the ethos of being open to all irrespective of your background and faith. I believe we are all relational beings, which in turn impacts how I work. Counselling seeks to explore specific problems clients have brought and assist the client in making their own decisions. As an Integrative Counsellor, I strive to work collaboratively with my clients to achieve self-awareness. In working through our own issues, we can have a positive impact on our relationships in the wider community.
My aim is to provide the opportunity for clients to explore what is going on for them and work towards living a life that they would like to experience. I have experience counselling both individuals of various ages and couples.
I would arrange an assessment/initial consultation which normally takes less than 48 hours to book from point of contact unless I am away. The actual assessment would last anywhere between 30-50 minutes. This session is for us to meet face to face, discuss reasons for seeking counselling and the goals hoping to be attained through our sessions together. If we both agree to proceed, then we would work together once a week, meeting at the same time for a 50-minute session. We would also discuss whether you would like to have short-term or long-term counselling, on which both occasions would be up for further discussion or a review after a few sessions. I also provide open-ended long term counselling.
I can offer appointments ONLINE or at my office:
1 Watford House Lane
Nearest station: Watford Junction
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & Qualifications
- BA(Hons) Theology & Counselling
- BS Health Science
My training included a BA(Hons) in a BACP accredited course, ensuring quality and accountability training. My counselling experience has included working within a counselling agency as well as having my own private practice. I have worked with both individuals and couples.
Prior to becoming a professional Counsellor, I had 10 years experience of counselling in non-professional settings. I have a diverse work experience which has aided me positively in being able to work with a diverse clientele. I also have a BS in Health science and worked in private surgeries and hospitals, which allows for some integration within my Counselling work. I regularly take part in ongoing CPD courses which form part of my continual professional development.
I cover many topics, but within these, I have a special interest in women's issues, couple's counselling/relationship issues, cultural issues and spirituality. As a New Yorker living in London and having a diverse cultural background, I am also able to help with transitioning topics such as, transitioning into a new culture, missing home, cultural identity, and repatriation. Having a diverse cultural background myself and having lived/worked in two of the most diverse cities in the world, New York and London, I am familiar with different cultural identity issues. In New York, I worked with young persons and adults in the Korean American community, who were dealing with difficulties/conflict with their parents stemming from cultural differences.
Please see the list for all the topics I work with.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Cultural Issues (Third Culture Kid, Third Culture Adult Identity issues, Expat or Repatriate issues, conflict with parents or children due to differences in cultural upbringing)
- Women's Issues
- Marriage Counselling (Pre-marital counselling and Post-marital counselling for couples)
Initial assessments/consultations £40
All sessions following
I offer both face-to-face and global online video counselling. Concessions for counselling students or those on a low income are limited, please enquire further in email to see if available. Please refer to my website or contact me for further details.
I am able to accommodate mothers who need to bring their newborns to our sessions in my Watford office as well as online.
I also offer counselling to Korean speaking clients who are more comfortable speaking Korean, however I would speak English in our sessions.
Please contact me if you would like more information.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client