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About me

With an open mind and an open approach, I work in Bloomsbury, Central London and on SKYPE, with a broad range of clients on a broad range of issues.  This open approach creates an environment tailored to your uniqueness as an individual and your situation. Through this individual and unique collaboration you will be supported on a very personal journey.

You may have mixed feelings as you contact me.  Perhaps feelings of brokeness and sadness bringing you to this point. Often these feelings become better understood as a pain. This pain can interfere with behaviour. If someone has pointed this behaviour out or if you have noticed it yourself,  then i can support you through your self-awareness for better mental and emotional health.

No matter what reasons brought you to this point, our collaboration will be for you to safely explore the thoughts, reactions and the feelings that you live with.

What next?

You can call me or email me, whichever form of contact you feel comfortable with. You are free to ask me any questions and from that make a decision as to whether you would like to arrange a meeting either face-to-face or by Skype.

Before calling, think about the practical aspect. For example, have to hand a few dates and times that would suit you. I will note these and check room availability. I will then email or call (as you prefer) with confirmation.

The phone calls and emails are confidential. Please let me know if it is ok to leave a message.

Fees, Location, Ethics

Each therapy session lasts fifty minutes. The first meeting is £40 and £65 thereafter. Some appointments at a concession rate are available. Please do mention concessions and I will be able to let you know if any slots are available at a reduced rate.

Payment methods: cash, Apple Pay, G Pay, Visa, Mastercard and Amex

I practice from one location which has wheelchair access:

-WC1 is centrally located within easy reach of Euston and King's Cross stations

Our work together ​is supported through an Ethical Framework laid down by my governing body, The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy which I will discuss with you at the start of the session. At the end of the session we discuss going forward and this forms the contract for the therapy sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

Bachelor of Science, Hons, Psychology

Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Diploma in Counselling Skills

Certificate in COFRA 121 (Compassion Focused Risk Aware :1-to-1 programme for managing sexual risk)

I regularly attend various seminars and workshops to ensure my skills are current and meet The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists standards for continuous personal development.

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

  • Isolation coping stratagies for individuals and households
  • Start up & business related stress
  • Separation & divorce
  • Bereavement
  • Companion pet related grief
  • Mortality related issues
  • Kink/Alternative positive
  • LGBTQ+ Affirmative
  • Registered male SOs and relatives or men struggling with the potential of SO behaviour

Therapies offered

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

The first meeting is £40 and £65 thereafter. Some appointments at a concession rate are available on Wednesday afternoons. Please do mention concessions and I will be able to let you know if any slots are available. Each therapy session lasts fifty minutes.

Payment methods: cash, Apple Pay, G Pay, Visa, Mastercard and Amex or bank transfer if working on line.

Further information

Therapy is an investment that brings awareness for positive change. The amount of time and the affordability may be influencing factors on your decision to access counselling. This aims to help you consider if short term or long term may be suitable. In the initial session we can discuss in more detail which approach might best suit your situation.

Short Term

This approach involves between six and twelve sessions, meeting weekly. It involves finding an area of focus, that will guide the flow of the sessions. Other interconnected topics may arise and we consider their influence. It may be appropriate at a later stage to have more therapy to fully explore these interconnected topics, but in short term therapy it is often not essential to do so. The best way to think of this work is not the number of sessions but actually the number of weeks because often there will be encouragement to do self-development/self-awareness practices between sessions. The work focuses on your current situation in relation to what is troubling you. As the sessions progress we have time to monitor the accumulated progress, so that as the end approaches you have a sense of going forward with what you have learnt. You may decide that to be enough or at a later stage to consider more therapy with me or another therapist, or to have check-in sessions as and when needed (as a back up and a safety net in moments of need). All of those potentials will be discussed as we prepare to end.

Long Term

This is a more traditional approach to therapy and is often called open-ended. Sessions are usually weekly but can be fortnightly in certain cases. There is sometimes a main focus but the sessions have a more ebb and flow to topics covered, as influenced by the day. This work is varied and allows time for a deep level of understanding of the many underlying influences we gather through life that create our patterns of behaviour. We will maintain an open dialogue on how therapy is helping you progress, develop and review if you want to prepare to stop or take a break.

COFRA 121

This is a specilaist 16 week short term programme for male SOs. Each session lasts 90 minutes. It has set price of £1,500.  Please email me for more information.

16 Upper Woburn Place
Bloomsbury
London
WC1H 0BS

Willen House
8-26 Bath Street
London
EC1V 9DX

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

There is step free access during the day, however in the evening the acccess is more limited with a small step at the main entrance. There is a lift to the upper floors and accesable toilets.

Availability

Monday to Friday, daytime and evening plus Saturday early afternoon.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Social

Gavin Conn MBACP

Gavin Conn MBACP