James Prendergast , PGDip, MBACP
- I am an experienced BACP registered therapist working with people from all backgrounds and ages.
What can you expect from our sessions?
Life is difficult and yet many still believe and act on the assumption it should be easy. With my support and encouragement, we will talk privately and confidentially about your life and problems. These discussions will focus on your perceptions of your problems and experiences, and on your patterns of thinking related to these.
This takes place in a safe, warm, respectful, empathic and non-judgemental space.
Clients I work with come to counselling for various reasons; sometimes they may not have an awareness of the problem other than a general feeling that something is wrong. Others may come because of difficulties establishing or maintaining relationships or struggling to cope with high levels of anxiety or worry. Clients may be experiencing feelings of hopelessness or come feeling depressed and don’t know how they will get better. Clients present with feelings of low self-worth and self-esteem, as well as past experiences which continue to negatively impact on their lives today. It is not uncommon for a client to present with one concern and discover a number of connected issues that need to be worked through. For others, it can be issues around loss or bereavement, or confusion around sexuality and/or identity. Some are feeling stuck and want to live more meaningful lives.
Through the process of discussion and therapeutic feedback from me we will deeply explore your personal life problems and emotions at a level much deeper than you have ever previously experienced, thus developing for you a much greater insight into them. The goal of this is that, through improved self-awareness and self-knowledge - and without any kind of advice-giving by the counsellor - you will increasingly learn how to better manage the deep problems affecting your happiness, personal well-being, and ability to cope with life.
Working within the BACP ethical framework, my principal concern is for your safety, wellbeing and personal autonomy, and to ensure you receive the most appropriate help and support.
Do I use a particular therapy model or approach?
There are many counselling approaches but all seek to alleviate individual suffering and encourage personal growth. Whether we work from a biological genetic stance (a psychopharmacological model), or from a struggle with repressed instinctual strivings needing to be made conscious in order to be a healthy person (a Freudian position), or from our internalized significant adults who may be uncaring, unloving, or neurotic (an object relations position), or from disordered forms of thinking (a cognitive behavioural position), or from a positive view of humanity that views humans as self-determining and having the capacity to grow and live fulfilling lives despite the struggles of human existence (a humanistic position) - all ultimately aim to help the individual to change.
My training and approach to counselling is founded on an integrative model; this means I utilise theory and practice from different approaches depending on what is most helpful to the client. It is based on a belief and evidence that there is no single approach that works for all clients and that most clients benefit from the shared common factors which are present in most therapeutic approaches. I believe every client is different, with a unique path to overcoming their problems. I’ll tailor my approach depending on your presenting issues and what works best for you.
Areas of my work include:
- Self-esteem and Self-worth
- Anger and conflict
- Sexuality and identity
- Loss and bereavement
- Lack or loss of meaning in life
- Isolation and loneliness
- Death anxiety
How long does therapy last?
I offer open-ended counselling so there is no fixed number of sessions but we will regularly review our work together.
Please don't hesitate to email or call me with any questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an integrative therapist, registered with the BACP (British Association of Counselling Psychotherapists) working both in private practice and for related organisations since 2008. My professional training and approach is based on the University of East London School of Counselling, three-stage model which focuses on (1) problem exploration (2) developing deeper understanding (3) problem management and making life changes. This approach is based on very clear evidence from counselling and humanistic psychotherapy research indicating that the quality of the professional relationship between client and counsellor is the greatest factor in achieving successful counselling outcomes with clients.
Alongside my private practice, I have been a therapist for a variety of organisations delivering 1 to 1 therapy and group therapy. I currently work in the criminal justice sector working with clients with drug and alcohol problems.
I have a BACP accredited Post-graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of East London.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
ex-offending & re-integration
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Individual - £40 for 50 minutes
Concessions for students and those on low income are available and can be negotiated in the initial session.
If you are interested in the possibility of coming to counselling, but maybe not sure, please feel free to call me with no obligation and I will answer any questions you may have. Hither Green and Lee mainline stations are 5 mins walk and free car parking is available.
Client information and contract terms:
Duration and Success of Counselling: As with all counselling and other psychological problem-resolution approaches, no gurantee can be given in advance of attaning any specified outcome, nor can results within any specified number of sessions be promised. We will review your progress frequently, at least every fifth session.
Medical Factors: It is important to understand that life-problems counselling is not offered as a psychotherapy treatment for clinical mental illness nor for any kind of medical condition. At no time will I, as a counsellor, offer a medical, psychiatric or clinical psychology opinion or diagnosis on any condition. However, if I suspect psychological illness or medical problems I will inform you that it is advisable for you to seek formal medical, clinical psychology, or psychiatric diagnosis and advice. Any such recommendation will be noted in the counselling session notes.
Attendance and active commitment: A course of counselling requires an actively committed and determined approach by the client. Appointments are always expected to begin on time and are charged for on this basis. Once we contract to a specific appointment schedule I will guarantee always to reserve those spaces exclusively for you. Because of this, I cannot use such spaces for anyone else if, for whatever reason, you do not attend.
Confidentiality and Personal Data: Counselling services are provided as a highly confidential process. The boundaries of this confidentiality are designed to facilitate a therapeutic relationship within which the client may feel secure and confident that disclosures made in counselling sessions, by the client to the counsellor, will not be disclosed to a third party, except in case of legal or other perceived necessity, or to prevent harm to yourself or someone else. As is standard practice in all forms of counselling, client notes are kept for each session, detailing things such as content, impressions, problems, physical health, behaviours, psychological issues, occurence of problems, medications, family background/ personalities/ relationships, client's history and present situation, client's expectation of counselling, initial and ongoing assessment, strategies and interventions used, and therapeutic plan and outcome goals. These are a vital record to help me plan and implement a thorough and professional course of counselling for you. These are confidential documents and protected in line with BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions
As a member of the BACP I abide by the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions - http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/new_ef.php
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays: 8am - 8.30pm; Tuesdays - Fridays: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Types of client