John Wenger, DipCouns, MBACP (Reg)
I am a fully qualified and experienced MBACP registered counsellor and psychotherapist. I work with clients on short (6-12 sessions) and longer-term, more in-depth bases, depending on the needs of each individual, couple or family. I work from two locations, one is minutes from Waterloo station and the other in SE6, minutes from Catford or Catford Bridge stations.
How I work
I am an Integrative Humanistic Counsellor and Psychotherapist, with nearly 20 years experience. This means I use the best of a range of approaches that suit each person and their individual and unique needs. Working ethically is central to me and my professionalism and as such, I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, and I adhere to their Code of Ethics.
In order to work well, it's important to have a solid and trusting working relationship with everyone I work alongside. This means I work in a confidential, supportive and non-judgmental way. In order for people to feel comfortable working with a counsellor or psychotherapist, I know how important it is to know they will not be judged, reprimanded or discriminated against.
In my nearly 20 years of working with individuals, couples and families, I have learnt and applied a variety of approaches in my practice because one size does not fit all. These include Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, Psychodrama, CBT, and EMDR. Every person who comes to counselling or psychotherapy brings their own unique questions, needs and preferences. My aim is that our sessions together will suit that uniqueness, so that people can find their own answers to the situations they find themselves in.
How I can help
I work alongside people who are dealing with all kinds of issues, including, but not limited to, anxiety, relationship issues, depression, family issues, career and life choices, affairs and betrayals, separation and divorce, abuse, anger management, bereavement, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, sex and sexuality, LGBT-related issues and stress. All of this is done in the strictest of confidence.
Your first session
At your first session with me, we will go over some of the questions you're asking yourself, some of the things you would like to be better in your life and what your hopes are for yourself, your relationships and your life in general. Over this first session, you will also have a chance to work out if I am the best person to work through things with you.
Where I work
I work in Waterloo, 12 mins walk from Waterloo Station or 5 minutes walk from Lambeth North tube (Bakerloo line) and on the border of Catford/Forest Hill (SE6), 10 minutes walk from either Catford or Catford Bridge stations or 3 minutes walk from the 171 & 185 bus. I am easily accessible from Lewisham, Ladywell, Forest Hill, Honor Oak Park, Sydenham and Crofton Park.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my career in counselling and psychotherapy in the late 1990s working as a trained volunteer on the crisis hotline for Youthline in Auckland, New Zealand. Realising how much I loved the work, I decided to undertake formal training at the Human Development and Training Institute where I gained my Diploma in Counselling, concurrently with training in psychodrama at the Auckland Training Centre for Psychodrama, which I had begun in 1998. From 2000-2006, I worked as a therapist at a community therapy agency and in 2000, I also opened my private counselling and psychotherapy practice. Over the years, I have worked with a wide variety of people dealing with a range of issues.
As part of my private practice, I have also facilitated life skills groups for adolescent boys, trained teachers in mental health promotion programmes for the NZ Mental Health Foundation, provided anti-harassment workshops for the NZ Human Rights Commission, trained new crisis hotline volunteers at Youthline, established and provided supervision for Youthline’s Alternative Education school and provided training and support to a range of Auckland schools on sexual safety and anti-harassment.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£75-80 per 50 minute session for individuals at Waterloo
£85-90 per 50 minute session for couples and families at Waterloo
£55-60 per 50 minute session for individuals at SE6
£65-70 per 50 minute session for couples and families at SE6
Appointments available between 7.00 and 21.00
If you are wondering whether counselling or psychotherapy are for you, feel free to contact me for a confidential, no-obligation chat. It can feel very challenging to take that first step and it can help to just talk through whether it's for you, before making that first appointment.
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