Iulian Chear BSc, BA Psych, MBPsS, MBACP
Life's vicissitudes affect us all, whether it is in the form of uncertainty, suffering, loss, puzzling dilemmas or complex relationships. It is human to respond with hurt, shame, anxiety or by feeling lost, stuck, angry and depressed. My passion is to assist clients with these inevitable challenges in a more authentic and constructive manner.
I provide a warm, engaging and supportive space for you to explore any issue that is troubling you. Therapy can help you transform and reinvent yourself; connect and discover yourself, understand and accept yourself. The ultimate goal would be to help you create a more meaningful life and new ways of approaching your relationship with yourself and others.
How do I work?
I prefer to work in a flexible, client-centred and integrative manner; drawing from different approaches and techniques (including CBT, psychodynamic and my core modality: existential and phenomenological), depending on our counselling process and your preferences. It begins by learning who and how you are, and then collaboratively we can shape ways in which you can grow, heal or evolve.
As a registered member of BACP, I adhere to and uphold their ethical and practical guidelines. All my work is professionally supervised, and I hold full professional indemnity insurance.
Area of expertise
I offer counselling for a wide range of life issues including anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement, relationship issues, and low self-esteem. I frequently work with adults and young people (18-25) who have felt excluded, discriminated, oppressed, alienated, bullied, shamed and isolated in any shape or form.
Additionally, I specialise in working with issues surrounding gender, sexuality and identity, and the specific needs of the LGBTQ+ community. I welcome working with people with diverse gender and sexual identities, people who engage in chemsex or consensual polyamorous relationships, sex-workers, or people living with HIV. I also welcome working with trans/transgender clients, pre/post or questioning transition; people who engage in cross-dressing; and people who engage in Kink, BDSM, asexuality or celibacy.
Feel free to contact me by email if you would like to organise an introductory session.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling (2015-2020)
- Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling.
- BA in Psychology.
- BSc in Economics and Marketing.
For the last couple of years, I have enjoyed working as a psychotherapist across a variety of settings including the NHS, the voluntary sector and in private practice, providing both short-term and long-term therapy. I have worked with depression and anxiety as part of Talking Therapies in the NHS; with bereavement and loss in London, with LGBTQ+ related issues as part of Support U in Reading, and as a general counsellor for young people at No5.
During this time, I have been fortunate to work with a diversity of clients (including asylum seekers, refugees, students or LGBTQ+ clients) presenting a wide range of issues and difficulties.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer an introductory 50-minutes session at £30. This gives you a chance to get an idea of whether or not you would like us to work together; to explore what you would like to gain from counselling and to see if counselling would be appropriate for your circumstances.
Reading: £55 - 50 minutes session.
Online/Phone: £55 - 50 minutes session.
At the moment, only Skype and phone-counselling options are available.