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Dr Jennifer Foster

London, SW12 8TT
0800 0029068 0800 0029068 Registered / Accredited

About me

I am a Chartered HCPC Counselling Psychologist available for face to face appointments in Clapham as well as Telephone and Online Counselling Sessions. Should you wish to book online with myself or any of my colleagues then please go to http://booking.thebritishcbtcounsellingservice.com/ for a Live Online Diary.

I work with adults, children, families and couples and use a range of therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (including Third Wave approaches; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy {ACT}, Mindfulness and Compassionate Focused Therapy), Psychodynamic Therapy and Schema Therapy. I create an individualised treatment programme for each of my patients based on what they need and feel comfortable and taking into consideration what is proven to bring the fastest and most long-lasting relief for their particular difficulty.

I am experienced in helping people to resolve the majority of problems that cause emotional distress and discomfort including (but not limited to):

  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Problems
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Counselling for Carers
  • Child & Teenage Counselling
  • Depression & Low Mood
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Therapy
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship Problems
  • Stress

Services Offered

I also offer the following services:

  • Bereavement Counselling
  • Child Counselling
  • Expert Witness
  • Family Counselling
  • Marriage Counselling
  • Medico-Legal Assessment and Treatment
  • Specialist Eating Disorder Counselling


My Philosophy

Life is full of ebbs and flows for all of us. It throws many challenges at us and it can be really hard making a sense of the impact that these have on ourselves and our relationships with other people and the world. We all experience times when we might feel lost, stuck, struggle with who are individually or in our relationships with others. Many of us are faced with painful life experiences that are difficult to accept and overcome. Talking therapy can provide a compassionate place to share and reflect on the things that have hurt us, or that we find difficult to accept, and to think together about the things that can nurture us, find solutions to the challenges we face and provide new opportunities during difficult times.

My Approach

I am an experienced and enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist with experience of working with a diverse range of people. I have over 10 years of experience working in the NHS with children and young people and adults including those that are homeless. I have trained in a wide variety of therapeutic models including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Systemic and solution-focused therapy.

My approach to therapy is to take time to create a safe and open relationship and to hear your story. From here we can come to a shared understanding about the things you are finding challenging now, and identify how you would like things to be different, how you can move towards creating a life in line with the things you value and nurture relationships with those that are important to you. Exploring thoughts and feelings, and how to accept them, and the way that they impact on your life is a key part of the work, as is identifying patterns in your life and relationships that are painful or prevent you from living a life in line with your values.

My Motivation

Having worked with people from such different walks of life I have a passion for listening to people’s stories and the range of feelings that come with the ebbs and flows of life. I realise that opening up in such a way can be a scary experience and that being in a position where people can share their story is a privilege. With that, I endeavour to treat the people I encounter with kindness, respect and honesty so that we can think together about how to accept the things that can’t be changed and work towards building a life and relationships that are both nurturing and valued.

A Little More About Me

I love the outdoors. When I’m not at work I spend time walking my lovely (but very cheeky) Labrador and golden retriever. I am also learning to garden. This summer I’ve had mixed results, a huge number of courgettes and tomatoes, but I’ve yet to succeed in growing a single carrot. It’s a work in progress. What I have managed to grow usually ends up in some sort of veggie dish which my friends tell me are delicious – I’m convinced they’re being polite.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPsychol
  • Chartered HCPC Counselling Psychologist

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Equine therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Reality therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

Fees

I offer everyone a Free of Charge Pre-Assessment Telephone Consultation

The fees below are for a 50 minute face to face, telephone or video counselling session.

Self Funded Treatment

  • Individual Therapy: £140 per session
  • Couples/Family Therapy: £150 per session
  • Online/Skype: £105 individuals / £115 couples and families.

Health Insurance

Most national and international Private Healthcare companies are accepted including (but not limited to):

  • Bupa
  • Axa
  • Cigna
  • Pru Health
  • Aviva
  • Simply Health
  • WPA
  • and more…


It may be possible to use your private health insurance to cover the cost or part of the cost of your appointments. Each healthcare provider (Bupa, Axa, Aviva, Cigna etc) have slightly different policies but most of them are happy for you to approach us directly in the first instance.

Axa requires a referral from a Psychiatrist in order to access your policy and we are happy to help arrange this with you.

Bupa requires a referral from your GP in order to access your policy. GP’s are often happy to provide a referral following a phone consultation instead of a traditional face to face appointment in the surgery as it is more time-efficient.

With the above, a quick call to your healthcare provider should allow them to clarify these details.

It is worth noting that not all policies will cover the full cost of your treatment. We will advise you of the availability of healthcare appointments, and any cost implications in your initial enquiry.

Some healthcare providers have fees that are different from our self-funding rates detailed above. If these are less than our own rate we have to ask that the shortfall is made up by the patient. Please just remember to tell us who your provider is as soon as possible to avoid any confusion when booking.

Further information

Feelings of anxiety will always be part of a busy lifestyle, but in my experience, having a strong CBT counsellor to help get those harsher aspects is essential. This is what I have achieved with 20 sessions and will continue to build on.”

– Rebecca (London)

CBT Counselling is hard work, but I think it is worth putting in the effort”.

– David (London)

Thurleigh Road GP Practice
88A Thurleigh Road
London
SW12 8TT

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages Counselling available in English, Portuguese, Italian, French, Polish & Spanish

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

Appointments available throughout the week, both daytime and evenings including Saturdays. Please call or e-mail to confirm my latest availability.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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Dr Jennifer Foster

Dr Jennifer Foster