Heather Wignall MA PGDip UKCP MBACP
I have fifteen years experience as an integrative psychosynthesis counsellor and psychotherapist. This means that I draw on different approaches - the main one is psychosynthesis, which focuses on the whole person: mind, body and feelings. Psychosynthesis also explores our strengths and potential alongside the challenges and problems that we want to address. Psychosynthesis incorporates psychodynamic, existential, and person-centred approaches.
The most important factor in therapy however is the relationship between us. We'll explore together the unique issues that you bring, at your pace in a safe and confidential environment.
I have extensive experience of working with early childhood issues and their current impact on our lives, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and trauma, social phobia, sexual abuse, discrimination and exploitation, gender and sexual identity, bereavement, relationship challenges, life crises, and workplace stress. I also work with serious health diagnoses, and carer responsibilities.
When you first get in touch, by phone or email, we briefly talk about how I work and what we will cover in the first session. At our first meeting we discuss what you want to look at in therapy and how we might work together. This is also an opportunity for you to decide if you're comfortable working with me, and for me to confirm that I am the appropriate therapist for you.
I work on a weekly basis - occasionally this might be twice weekly, depending on the issue you bring.
I offer short term therapy of 6-12 sessions, and long term therapy, and work remotely as appropriate, using Zoom, skype and telephone.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a trainer and Academic Tutor at the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust in London. I have a particular interest in exploring how we relate to each other, and what good interpersonal relating looks and feels like.
I have a Master's degree in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy, and a Post-graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling. I am a registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapists and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I follow the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling.
For eight years I worked as a psychotherapist in an HIV charity, that also focused on gay male relationships.
I co-run a working carer support group.
I train non-clinical teams in organisations in working with trauma and psychological distress, conflict resolution, relational leadership, and building resilient workplaces.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Each weekly session is 50 minutes and costs £50.00.
My practice is in SE20, South East London, close to a station.