Ivan Charatan

Ivan Charatan

Forest Therapy Centre
The Old Forge
75-77 Station Passage
E18 1JL

Lily House
12 The Shrubberies
George Lane
E18 1BD

07788 635 340

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About me

Psychotherapy and Counselling in Waltham Forest and Redbridge

Looking for an experienced BACP Registered and Accredited counsellor and psychotherapist who has worked in the caring professions most of his adult life?

I provide counselling, either short or long term, to help people from the diverse community in which I live and work.

You may have a particular issue, or be experiencing feelings you find difficult - for example, anxiety, depression or OCD

Perhaps you're struggling with bereavement, relationship issues, or just going through a trying time at home or work.

Whoever you are, you are most welcome.

My practice is conveniently placed, making it easily accessible to the whole area, including  Woodford, Walthamstow, Leyton, Leytonstone and Chingford.

I hope  you are able to clarify whether therapy is for you, and if I might be able to help.

Ivan Charatan MBACP(Reg).

Training, qualifications & experience

Alongside private practice, I offer my counselling services voluntarily in East London, at a charitable counselling agency that has improving the mental health and well being of the local community as its mission.

Over the years, I have had extensive experience of helping people from a very diverse mix of cultural, ethnic and class backgrounds,  gender identification and sexual orientation, from both the able bodied and disabled community.

We have shared experiences of an equally diverse set of emotional challenges, relationship issues and struggles, in the safety of the counselling relationship.

Why I chose to work as a therapist

Prior to training as a counsellor, I worked in the education sector, where I found that the greatest contribution I was making to my tutees was in my pastoral work, using counselling skills as a vehicle for showing understanding and acceptance to people as they pursued their ambitions by studying, often faced with personal struggles and material deprivation. This certainly informed my decision to become a full time counsellor.

However, the most compelling reason was my own experience of counselling as a client; it helped me to deal with difficult feelings, improve my relationships and become a better person.

As a result, I decided to give something back by helping others as a therapist.

My Qualifications

Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling, Level Four, [City Lit].

Certificate Of Higher Education in Counselling and Counselling Skills, Level Four [Birkbeck].

I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), and  abide with their Code of Ethics and Good Practice.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

General unhappiness and disquiet; finding life hard; low mood.


A 50 minute session is £60.00 for individuals, £65 for couples.

For our first meeting, to discuss if therapy is for you, and whether I can help, the first 20 minutes is free of charge.

Further information

I am a person-centred therapist.  I work with you, as a compassionate and genuine companion, helping you with whatever issue you might wish to address.

You might, for example, be feeling anxious, angry or depressed, or perhaps troubled and confused.

Or you might have something that is hard to talk about with family, friends or colleagues.

I can help by offering an opportunity for you  to be  heard, understood and accepted, as you are, warmly, and without judgement.

We can work at your own pace, on what matters to you.

Maps & Directions

London, E18 1JL
London, E18 1BD

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:


I am flexible in relation to the needs of clients.

Types of client