About me

I am a BACP Registered Counsellor & Psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience in working with individuals, and groups of all ages, sexual orientations and cultural backgrounds. I am based in the Colchester CO1 and Liverpool Street EC2 and dependent on your presenting issues/needs 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.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Psychiatry, Pschopathology 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)
  • 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:

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.

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

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

  • 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'

Fees

Additional information

I offer an initial consultation appointment for £50 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.

Fees

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.

Availability

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.

Colchester
Essex
CO1

Counselling
Longcroft House
2 Victoria Avenue
London
EC2M 4NS

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Families
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

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.

Ramp and lift access to first floor

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Microsoft Spaces
Whatsapp
Ian West

Ian West