I am a fully qualified, experienced psychotherapist and counsellor working in Tenterden, Kent TN30 and in Chancery Lane , Central London,WC1.
I see adults for longer-term therapy or short term focused work depending on their needs, but always in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental setting.
In regular weekly sessions we would think together about whatever is troubling you, whether it is a specific concern or a longer term problem. Issues I have dealt with as a therapist over the past ten years include:
- low self esteem and self confidence
- anxiety and stress
- other losses, such as divorce and redundancy
- family relationship problems, past childhood experiences or current parenting concerns,
- other relationship difficulties (for example: starting, sustaining or finishing relationships or repeating the same type of relationship)
- work-related and career concerns
- sexual concerns or sexual identity
- infertility, post-natal depression and terminations
It may be that none of above seem relevant to you, but you still feel an all-pervading sense of discontent or lack of fulfilment with no clear cause; you may want help in thinking about a particular concern that worries and preoccupies you or you may merely be curious to understand yourself better. In all cases, counselling would be an invaluable and helpful experience.
I work from a psychodynamic perspective, based on the principle that how you respond to current problems and challenges may be powerfully influenced by your earlier experiences in life. In exploring and seeking to understand these possible links and patterns, you can gain fresh insight and perspective on your life and so be better informed to seek out the best way forward.
However, whatever theory underpins counselling, by far the most important aspect of the therapy is the relationship that develops between the client and the therapist. Counselling is at all times a collaborative process with two people working together; so it is vital that you feel comfortable and able to speak about whatever is on your mind.
Choosing the right counsellor and then taking that first step to make contact can seem very hard and is especially so when you are feeling depressed, anxious and distressed. However professional or glossy the website may seem, there is no substitute for meeting face to face and I offer an initial consultation for this purpose. This is an opportunity for us to meet, for you to talk about your concerns and to see if you think I might be someone you could work with and for me to assess if I could help. If we decide to continue, we will then agree a regular time to meet each week.
To set up an initial consultation or to discuss any questions or concerns you have, please contact me by emailing on the above link or phoning 07787488847.
Further details about my practice are available on my website http://www.maclachlantherapy.com (see the above link).
Training, qualifications & experience
TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS
I trained at WPF Therapy and hold:
- Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Counselling
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Studies from Roehampton University.
WPF Therapy is one of the leading training institutions in the UK with a reputation for clinical and academic excellence. It is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
In addition to this initial four year training which qualified me to see clients once a week, I did a further two years training at WPF enabling me to work more frequently with clients if needed; I am now qualified to work twice-weekly.
I am a member of UKCP (The United Kingdom for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
I subscribe to the strict ethical code and professional standards of confidentiality and practice of this organisation.
Over the last ten years I have worked in a variety of therapeutic settings and as well as working for a counselling charity and in private practice, I have also worked:
- as a bereavement counsellor for a local Hospice
- as a psychotherapist in the NHS Secondary Care Psychological Therapy Services
- as a school counsellor in a primary and secondary school
In my previous life before training as a psychotherapist and counsellor, I worked as a solicitor in the City of London and so have first hand experience of the pressures and demands that can affect those working in this type of environment.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online
The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online
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
An initial consultation is £65.
This may take place over one session or, if needed, can be extended to two sessions, in which there would be a reduced fee of £100.
My fees for a regular 50 minute session vary between £65 to £95 depending on the time of day.
I offer a limited number of reduced fee places for those on a low income or in financial difficulties.
I practice in Tenterden, Kent TN30 in quiet rooms just off the main High Street. There is convenient parking nearby.
I also practice in the Westminster/ Victoria area of Central London SW1. The comfortable rooms are convenient for West and Central London and are a five minute walk from Victoria Underground Station, Overland Rail and Bus Station, or from St James Park Underground Station.