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About me

I believe we are all born with the resources to carry us through the trials and tribulations of life, our experiences from childhood and early life can see those resources become entangled and confused which can lead to less helpful patterns of behaviour, serving us poorly in our adult lives.

The threads of this entanglement can weave its way through all aspects of your life and work, your relationships with family, friends and loved ones. I believe that the unique relationship that will be created between you and I can provide a reflective space for you to find and trust yourself. Working together you will come to realise what enriches you and you will start on the journey to reach a place where you are in charge of your life and your decisions.

When resilience is in short supply, when life feels unrelenting, sad and overwhelming, I will share the burden with you and provide the tools you need to create a more optimistic future. When loss feels like a constant companion, I will step in and walk alongside you, no matter what the terrain looks like or where your journey started.

I offer a warm, welcoming room that provides a confidential space.  I believe in the benefits of a long term therapeutic relationship, our first assessment session will provide an opportunity for us to get to know each other, decide how we are going to work and for you to ask me any questions you may have about the therapy I offer.   Therapy is a time to explore your life and this may take time, time that will be determined between you and I.

If the new challenges we are all facing are wearing you down please call or email me and we can start a conversation. I do not charge for an initial, brief assessment over the phone.

"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become." Carl Jung

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their ethical framework and code of practice.

CPCAB Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling:  My training gave me the tools to use different approaches when working with clients, from psychodymanic and humanistic to transactional analysis and personal construct theory.  Counselling is not "one-size fits all" and the integrative nature of my work allows the tailoring of therapy to the individual needs of the client.

I have also received training from Place2Be, a charity working in schools, to work with children and young adults, taking into account safeguarding issues.

Additionally, I have completed an advanced training course in couples counselling work with the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapy.

I undertake regular continuing professional development, to enhance my knowledge and skills and to meet client needs.

I have experience with young children and adults, I also do voluntary work with a west London mental health charity working with adults with moderate anxiety and depression.

I work face-to-face when possible, but am also qualified in online therapy over Zoom or Skype.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

I charge £50 for a 50 minute session with individuals and £65 for a couples session of 60 minutes.  I am able to operate a sliding scale for those on a low income and students, by negotiation, where needed.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

Free on-road parking is available at my premises, I am a five minute walk from a mainline station and a 5-10 minute walk from three bus routes

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

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

Availability

I currently see clients during the day and early evening, my best availability is on a Monday evening and Wednesday daytime but other times are available.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Couples
Frances Lazarus BACP

Frances Lazarus BACP