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.
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.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
General unhappiness and disquiet; finding life hard; low mood.
A 50 minute session is £75.00 for individuals, £120 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.
I am flexible in relation to the needs of clients.
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.