JJ Zheng (MBACP, MA.ClinicPsy)
Thank you for your interest in checking my profile. I am a BACP registered counsellor/ psychotherapist and I am offering individual counselling to adults in my private practice, both short term(time limited) and long term(open ended).
Since qualifying in 2005, I have worked in a variety of settings such as University counselling centre, EAP schemes, secondary school, mental health rehabilitation center and medical service. Apart from my private practice, I am also working for a charity providing telephone counselling services to young teenagers/adults in London.
Many clients come to me, looking for help with their anxiety, stress, overwhelming and complex emotions and situations. If you are experiencing any of the following, maybe I can help:
- Chronic anxiety, general anxiety, phobia, panic attack, OCD, procrastination, over sensitivity, constant restlessness, unable to relax, easily feel guilty, take too much responsibility from others
- Self doubt, sensitivity to rejection and criticism, perfectionism, lack of assertiveness, impulsive behavior or anger, history of being bullied
- Constantly feeling sad, hopeless, powerless, empty, oppressed, isolated
- Relationship Issues-drawn to same type of unhealthy relationship repetitively and/or can not walk away from it
- Bereavement & loss-death of a loved one, losing job, divorce
- Expat Issue- hard to fit in new environment, severe cultural shock, difficulties with relationship/family due to immigration/oversea study
- Self development - personal growth, overcoming old habit, career choices, life decision
I am an integrative counsellor though I do use CBT and humanistic & existential approach more often as I found most of my clients like these approaches. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) offers a way to re-structure your thoughts and develop more balanced ways of thinking and behaving in relation to your issues. It has been proved to be efficient therapy for anxiety and depression. Humanistic & existential therapy, on the other hand, emphasizes that ultimately everyone is seeking a fulfilling and meaningful way of living, therefore everyone has the potential to establish and realize their vision and growth.
In our session together, you will have a safe environment to express your feelings and thoughts bottled up in your mind without the worry of being judged - we all took different external and internal journeys to the place where we are now, I'm here to support, not to judge.
I'll be there to help you become more aware of the choices you have and develop a greater sense of ownership with yourself and your life, instead of drowning in the loop of your thoughts and being overwhelmed by your emotions.
I have a multicultural background, Chinese origin but have lived in U.S, U.K, Spain in the past ten years. I take equal opportunities seriously and embrace the principles of diversity. I can offer therapy in both English and Mandarin Chinese(Hopefully one day in Spanish as well)
I'm aware how the first step of reaching out for help and talking with a therapist can be daunting, scary and overwhelming, so I will assist you the best way I can. I am aiming to get back to you within 24 hours, so if you don't hear from me by then, please check your spam mail box or leave me a text message on mobile so I can respond you immediately.
I am a fully Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy). Membership of this professional bodies means that I abide by strict Codes of Ethics and professional practice. You can be assured of the highest standards of discretion and confidentiality.
Training, qualifications & experience
- B.S in Applied Psychology
- M.A in Clinical Psychology (American Psychology Association accredited 3-year program)
- Solution focused therapy
- Application of CBT in treatment of depression and anxiety
- An intervention-led framework for self-harm
- Distress and self-harm in cross-cultural counselling
- Attachment Development of Identity in Childhood
- Body Image Prevalence Causes Consequences and Interventions among Young People
- Emotional Regulation
- Sexual and gender identity
- Charity sector (U.K)
- Secondary school (U.K)
- Mental health rehabilitation center (U.S)
- Medical service (Iraq)
- EAP (China) -
- University counselling center (China)
The British Psychological Society (BPS)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy(BACP)
APA(American Psychology Association)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Initial consultation £30 (50 minutes)
The initial consultation will be a chance for us to know each other a bit better before making the decision to carry out counselling or not. You can tell me what is troubling you at the moment and your expectation of our work together. It is also an opportunity for you to find out how counselling works and whether my approach is suited for you. We can also discuss the terms and conditions of our contract regarding to fees, frequency, suitable slot, confidentiality, data protection etc.
You do not need to commit any further sessions by coming to the consultation, only when you decide to carry on having counselling with me, your slot will be blocked out especially for you.
Counselling session £40 (50 minutes)
After you decide to carry on having counselling session with me(you can also skip the consultation step and enter counselling directly), your slot will be blocked out especially for you. Each session lasts 50 minutes and is usually on a weekly basis. I offer short term and long term counselling depending on your individual needs.
Students/Unemployed £25 (50 minutes)
This option is available for those don't have an income or very limited income. Please feel free to contact me for more details.
Please note that currently I am only able to offering online session to clients at the moment. I have been providing online(audio/video) counselling via Skype and Vsee for years. It helps save time and money for many clients and works as great as face-to-face therapy.
For clients who are not familiar with online therapy, I can offer initial consultation to test if you will feel comfortable or not in an online setting. Many clients, in fact, came with doubts but ended up with very positive experience.
******************the benefit of online counselling*************************
With the development of technology, online counselling gains more and more acceptance. Having a session online is different to, but not inferior to face-to-face therapy.
Researches have shown that online counselling works as effectively as therapy in person, while in practice, it could show more advantages. It provides those who, maybe because of phobia or depression or disability, have difficulty stepping outside their home or find traveling extremely distressing a chance to access support and service.
In other cases, one can be free from squeezing in public transportation or traffic, trying to catch the counselling session at the other side of the city anxiously, which sometimes already drains your energy before you start the session. Meanwhile, a one-hour session can be a lot easier to fit in your tight schedule than a three-hour trip. If you were already struggling with anxiety and restlessness, travelling stress is probably the last thing you want to add on.
Other than these, many people have found that having therapy at the place they choose allow them to feel safer and in control. Especially when they have sessions in the environment that they have their daily struggle, it becomes very natural to connect with their deep feelings and I also get the opportunity to sense their difficulties in a more direct way.
For years, I have been able to develop deep emotional bonds, insights and go on incredibly internal journeys with many people around the world, even when we never met in person.
All you need is a smart phone or a computer with internet and I will guide you through the rest.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Normally: Mon-Wed:8am-8pm Thu-Fri: 8am-4pm Sun:8pm-11pm I aim to be flexible and work till late several evenings. Please contact me for more details.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|