Ian West

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Accredited Registered (MBACP)
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London EC2M & Colchester CO1
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About me

I am an Accredited MBACP Registered Humanistic Integrative Counsellor & Counselling Supervisor with over 10 years of experience in working with individuals, and groups of all ages, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds. I am based in London Liverpool Street EC2 or Colchester CO1. Depending on your presenting issues/needs I will draw on cognitive, psychodynamic, attachment, and relational theories and concepts, to provide either short-term-focused counselling/therapy or longer-term in-depth psychotherapy.

Most of us, will at some point, and for various reasons, experience emotional and/or psychological challenges which can impact upon and limit the quality of our lives. Relationship difficulties or being 'stuck' in self-defeating, repeating unwanted patterns of behaviour, perhaps finding it hard to accept feelings around past/present/future life events, or maybe anxious, angry, sad or depressed about life in general. In these situations, counselling and psychotherapy can be of benefit in offering a space where you can talk openly about yourself and be listened to and understood, in a way that is perhaps difficult to find with, or ask of, family, friends and work colleagues.

I offer a confidential, safe and reliable place for you to make sense of your current difficulties, and the establishment of a trusting therapeutic relationship will help you to explore any past formative experiences and future concerns, which may be impacting your present-day choices/decisions, and in the ways that you form and maintain relationships with others, and how you see, think and feel about yourself.

If you're ready to embark on a transformative journey towards self-discovery and personal growth, I invite you to take the first step. Together, we can explore your challenges, uncover underlying patterns, and develop strategies to overcome obstacles. Through collaboration, we can work towards creating meaningful changes for a more fulfilling life.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Psychopathology and Psychodynamics (2017)
  • Time-Limited Psychotherapy Training (2017)
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (2008/2013/2017)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (2015/17/18)
  • Certificate in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (2014/15)
  • Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (2015/16)
  • Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (2016/18)
  • Certificate in Counselling Supervision
  • Transactional Analysis training (2009/2017/18)
  • Certificate in Auricular Acupuncture/Mindfulness
  • Certificate in Motivational Interviewing & Skills (2009/13)
  • BACP Accreditation 

Some of my past work experience has been:

After qualifying as a counsellor I began working as a Counsellor based in a residential setting providing counselling to various individuals who may present with various issues such as mental health, physical health, emotionally unavailable, sexual issues, sadness, depression, anxiety and substance abuse issues

My roles include facilitating therapy groups, lectures and workshops on various topics.

As the years pass working as a clinician and my hair turns thin and then departs, I believe one of the most essential components in successful therapy is the connection between client and counsellor. This sometimes almost magical experience is not a given and doesn't always happen. When it does, generally we will both know it because we feel it and then the trust grows and our world opens up to new possibilities.

My private practice offers a confidential, safe and reliable place for you to make sense of your current difficulties, and through the establishment of a trusting therapeutic relationship will help you to explore any past formative experiences and future concerns, which may be impacting on your present-day choices/decisions, and in the ways that you form and maintain relationships with others, and how you see, think and feel about yourself.

I have been in personal psychotherapy & psychodynamic therapy and regularly meet with a more experienced practitioner for clinical supervision & attend continuing professional development (CPD) events to maintain, improve and broaden my clinical knowledge and skills.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • People at a crossroads in their lives
  • Dissatisfaction/emptiness in relation to life
  • Couples counselling and psychotherapy
  • Sexual identity and sexual confusion
  • Tapping into creative potential
  • Loss and change
  • Alienation and isolation
  • Shame, self-criticism, feelings of inadequacy and underachievement in life
  • Childhood neglect and related issues
  • Organizational/Workplace difficulties
  • Cultural identity and displacement
  • People affected by suicide
  • People affected by someone else's addiction/dependency
  • Adults whose parents are/were addicts/alcoholics
  • Addictions (drugs/alcohol, sexual, porn, shopping, addictive relationships..etc..)
  • People involved in 12-Step Recovery Programs'

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£65.00 - £70.00

Concessions offered for

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

Health Insurance/EAP

  • WPA
  • Aviva

Additional information

I offer an initial consultation appointment for £60 where we can explore the reasons why you are seeking therapy, and for us to consider what I can offer is appropriate and then based on that discussion, to work towards a plan and book in either a short-term or a more open-ended contract. It also gives us the chance to experience how comfortable we feel in working together while creating a safe space within the process.


Individuals: £60 - £70 (50 minute session)

Low cost counselling is also available by negotiation. I hold 1 appointment available per week for low income house holds I believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to get the help they need.

Due to the nature of my work I am often not instantly available to receive incoming calls, so if you don't get me in person and are wanting to talk with me about how I work, what I can offer or to make an initial appointment, please leave/send me a clear message with your name, contact details and a good time you can be contacted and I will get back to you as soon as I can or send me an email with above information.

When I work

In case there maybe times I am not available to receive incoming calls due to work, please leave me a clear message or email with your name and details to be contacted.

Further information

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and adhere to the Ethical Frameworks as set out by the BACP.

Counselling, Longcroft House, 2 Victoria Avenue, London, EC2M 4NS

Colchester, Essex, CO1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

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Ramp and lift access to first floor

Online platforms

Microsoft Teams


In person

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