Ian West - Registered (MBACP)

Ian West - Registered (MBACP)


2 Victoria Avenue

07554 668654

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About me

I am MBACP Humanistic Integrative Counsellor with over 10 years experience in working with individuals, couples and groups of all ages, sexual orientations and cultural backgrounds. I am based in Colchester CO1 but also work in London and dependent on your presenting issue or need, I will draw on cognitive, psychodynamic, attachment and relational theories and concepts, to provide either short-term focused therapy or longer-term in-depth psychotherapy.

I offer 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 past formative experiences and future concerns, which may be impacting on your present-day choices and decisions, and in the ways that you form and maintain relationships with others, and how you see, think and feel about yourself.

In the years of my work I have found that many of us at some point, for various reasons, experience emotional and/or psychological challenges which can have an impact upon the quality of our lives - relationship difficulties, or being 'stuck' in self-defeating or repeating unwanted patterns of behaviour, perhaps finding it hard to accept feelings around past/present/future life events, or maybe anxiety, feelings of anger or depressed about life in general. I am a big believer in what we don't repair we repeat. 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 family, friends and work-colleagues.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Psychiatry, Pschopathology and Psychodynamics (4 Days/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)
  • Transactional Analysis training (2009/2017/18)
  • Certificate in Auricular Acupuncture/Mindfulness
  • Certificate in Motivational Interviewing & Skills (2009/13)

Some of my past work experience has been:

* 10 years as an in-house Counsellor based in a residential setting providing counselling to various individuals who may present with various issues such as mental, physical, emotional, sexual and substance abuse issues

* Counsellor and Group Facilitator in a residential care setting working with individuals, couples, groups and families with long-term addiction & dependency issues

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


Accredited register membership

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 underachievment in life
  • Childhood neglect and related issues
  • Organisational/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'


I offer an initial consultation appointment for £40 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: £50 (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.

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.

Maps & Directions

Colchester, CO1
London, EC2M

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Yes

Ramp and lift access to first floor


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.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme